Public Interest Career Advising

The Office of Public Interest Programs (OPIP) provides a variety of career services to students exploring or pursuing public interest. Our services include individualized counseling and planning for students interested in fellowships and careers in public interest and government; facilitating mock interviews, providing networking opportunities, and hosting a variety of job-search related information sessions and events. OPIP also publishes public interest career guides for students beginning or augmenting their public interest career research. OPIP services are available to all UCLA Law students.

Taking into consideration an individual's immediate interests and long term career goals, OPIP partners with students to plan, create and implement educational and pro bono opportunities and summer placements. Our goal is to assist students in creating effective portfolios of public interest experiences tailored to their own developing definitions of success in public interest and public service. In addition, we offer a private, nonjudgmental space for discussion and encouragement. OPIP resources are also available to alumni interested in discussing and strategizing their continuing path in public interest and public service.

OPIP can be reached generally at publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu. Brenda Suttonwills, is the Assistant Director of Public Interest Counseling and can be reached by e-mail at suttonwills@law.ucla.edu. Our counseling team includes the faculty and executive leadership of the Epstein Public Interest Law Program: Assistant Dean Brad Sears was the founding director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy; Epstein Program Executive Director Karin Wang joins us most immediately from Asian Americans Advancing Justice; and Faculty Director Ingrid Eagly has a wealth of teaching, publishing and clinical leadership. Each can be reached by appointment at publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu. Brenda Kim, is the Manager of Events and Programs. She provides generalized advice about program requirements and other areas important to students'  progress at UCLA Law. She can be reached at kimb@law.ucla.edu.

If you are an organization or employer that would like to have information about your summer, pro bono, fellowship and career opportunities disseminated to UCLA Law students, the information about the opportunity can be sent to publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu.