Chardee_MacDennis wrote:ltrego wrote:Is there a manifested commitment to PI at UIUC? If so, how is that seen?
Not particularly. There's a public interest student group, but neither the administration nor OCS places much of an emphasis on it.
I started this thread and then totally forgot about it. Thanks Chardee for answering all the questions.
I am actually on the PI student board. It really depends what you mean about PI. If you mean NAACP, ACLU, DOJ not so much. But if you mean the state's attorney's office, working for the city of Chicago, or the Atty General then the school does do a good job of placing people and the school has a fellowship program with the Illinois Attorney General's office to place about 20 graduates in their every year. The school also has a decent LRAP that pays most of your loans if you are working public interest.
WIth that said as Chardee said, the main focus of the school is big law/boutique. That's where OCI focuses the most and it is what the school probably does best.