What will I learn?

To earn a Certificate in Public Interest Law, a student must complete the 86 credit hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements.

Within the course work required for the JD, a student must complete at least 15 credit hours from the approved list of public interest law courses and complete the Service in Public Interest Law requirement, as listed below.

An applicant must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Certificate courses. If a student takes more than 15 hours of courses from the approved list, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement for the Certificate.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the Certificate with approval.

Students may apply for only one Certificate.

Which department am I in?

College of Law

Study options

Full Time (86 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,622 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022, 26 March 2022

Venue

DePaul University

Loop Campus,

1 East Jackson Blvd,

CHICAGO,

Illinois,

60604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If an applicant's undergraduate GPA is above 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (as indicated on the bachelor's transcript) the GRE score requirement will be waived.

For international students

We consider numerous factors in evaluating each applicant, including undergraduate academic performance, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, advanced degrees, professional work experience, writing ability, potential for leadership, professional and academic recommendations and the student's special talents, qualities, interests, and socioeconomic and cultural background. No single factor is dispositive when determining admission.

English Proficiency Requirement

90 on the IBT TOEFL

6.5 on the IELTS

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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