Public Interest Law and Legal Definition

Public interest law encompasses numerous topics, such as constitutional law, criminal law, family law, legal ethics, education, the environment, and civil rights. Public interest litigation seeks to advocate for fairness for the average or less represented ctizens of the population. Public interest groups attempt to serve as a watchdog against fraud and other abuses in government and the corporate world. Public interest law seeks to uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, and encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

Typical goals include to:

  • protect people and the environment;
  • hold accountable those who abuse power;
  • challenge governmental, corporate and individual wrongdoing;
  • increase access to the courts; combat threats to our justice system.