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WVU Law ranked 5th in nation for public interest law

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The public interest law program at West Virginia University College of Law has been ranked fifth in the nation.

PreLaw Magazine named WVU Law among the 2020 Best Schools for Public Service: Public Interest. Lawyers who practice public interest law help those who cannot afford legal services and the underrepresented, including the poor, the elderly, children and victims of domestic violence.

WVU Law has a long history of commitment to public interest law. It offers a concentration in the field and, every year, students are funded to work in public interest agencies, including Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice and ChildLaw Services. The college’s clinical law program provides more than 40,000 hours of pro bono legal services a year to those in need. Since 2009, the college has operated a Center for Law in Public Service.

“Excellence in public service is in our DNA, and it’s an integral part of our mission as a land-grant law school,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “We are committed to helping our students excel in public interest law while providing a much-needed service to our state and nation.”

The 2020 Best Schools for Public Service can be found in the winter issue of preLaw Magazine.


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