Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)


McMillan Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications for 2017

January 9, 2017

This program offers stipends of up to $3,000.00 for summer internships to law students interested in pursuing a law career in the nonprofit or public interest sector in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Students must first apply for and receive confirmation of their internship with one of the participating agencies and, in turn, that agency will submit an application to us on behalf of the student. The full list of participating agencies can be found in the 2017 McMillan Fellowship Application Packet. Visit for additional information about the program.

The deadline for receiving applications for this year’s Fellowships is March 6, 2017, at 5 pm.

Keep These Dates in Mind as You Plan Your Summer

January 4, 2017

UPDATED: OPIA has compiled a few key dates that may be useful as you plan your summer internships and other commitments. These dates include the confirmed 2017 EIP dates.

Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat Registration Now Open!

December 2, 2016

The Robert M. Cover Retreat brings together law students, academics and practitioners committed to public interest to share their experiences, network and reinvigorate their commitment to this important work. Registration deadline is February 17, 2017. When: March 3-5, 2017

Where: Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Cost: $195 (includes retreat fees, lodging, and all meals/food).

Check out the evolving list of practitioners and register for the retreat!

Exploring Public Interest Resources at HLS: Communicating with Employers

November 23, 2016

One of the toughest parts of a job search is deciding which offer to accept. The lack of a consistent hiring timeline by public service employers and the fact that every situation differs makes decision making a difficult part of the search process. Our advice will help you through the process.