Lawyer, Public Interest Salary

The average salary for a Lawyer, Public Interest is $50,899 per year.

$41,020 - $99,329

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$41,020 - $99,329  
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$41,139 - $102,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Lawyer, Public Interest

Lawyers, public interest, usually work for public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. They represent plaintiffs in areas such as employment discrimination, environmental issues, campaign finance issues, disability rights, and civil rights. Some law firms have special departments that handle public interest cases on a pro bono basis to improve relations with their community, in addition to their regular, for-profit cases in other areas of the law. They may represent individual plaintiffs or class actions. Some lawyers take public interest cases because they are passionate about particular legal issues, and they are concerned about justice and fairness.


Lawyer, Public Interest Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


73 %
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%