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Center for Law & Public Service

    The Center for Law and Public Service promotes public service by providing opportunities for students to engage in public interest law, fostering dialogue about current legal services and policy issues, and encouraging students to become leaders who seek creative solutions toward achieving equal access to justice in society.

    The Center offers a wide variety of externships in nonprofit, government, and judicial settings, locally and around the country, to help students with valuable career-building experience while serving the community.

    • The Public Service Externship program allows students to earn credit hours by working in non-profit and government agencies while developing key professional skills and an understanding of public interest law. Externships are available part-time or full-time both locally and beyond the Morgantown area. Qualified students may apply for a Federal Judicial Externship with a United States District Court or Circuit Court Judge. Summer externships are also possible.
    • The Pro Bono Program provides opportunities for students to dedicate time outside of the classroom to perform legal assistance to people in need.
    • The Center coordinates with the West Virginia Fund for the Public Interest and the Public Interest Advocates student organization to provide fellowships to students interested in full-time summer work at legal service agencies throughout the state of West Virginia. The Fund and the Center also work together to provide a post graduate fellowship program for students pursuing careers in public interest law.

    OUTCOMES

    20 — PIA Fellows, summer 2017
    — students awarded Sprouse fellowships that pays for them to work in a public defender’s office
    12 — students doing externships in government and public interest organizations, summer 2017.

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