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Social Justice Pathway

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Lawyers in the field of social justice strive to affect positive social change. In this way, social justice and public interest law go hand in hand. Social justice lawyers often represent underrepresented causes and/or disadvantaged people. This work encompasses activism, seeking equality, protecting civil rights, and researching and reporting on problem areas or identifying issues or concerns not previously addressed in traditional structures. At the UW College of Law, social justice work includes working in the International Human Rights Practicum, representing clients seeking asylum or seeking recourse for victims of genital mutilation. Work by the ACLU and the legal clinics also promotes social justice. Social justice also includes creating dialogue and cooperating with other groups to achieve positive results. 

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