Susan Curry Discusses Chicago's Expanded Public Interest Program
If you are like me, when you think of The University of Chicago Law School, you envision a learning environment characterized by intense intellectual and academic engagement. That intensity is what makes Chicago unique among the nation’s law schools and it’s often used as a descriptor for both our faculty and our students. But the “intense” label may be as far as we can go in ascribing a single trait to the institution, because the Law School is also home to an unusual diversity of political views.
This very diversity offers Chicago students a unique training ground for pursuing careers and activities that touch on issues of public concern. Now – in this environment that so reveres the life of the mind, the conviction that ideas matter, and the importance of debate and exposure to contrasting views – Chicago is renewing and expanding its emphasis on public service. When he appointed me last summer to direct Chicago’s public interest programming efforts,