Our Mission

Integrity in the face of oppression

The Public Defender Students of Columbia Law School is for students interested in becoming public defenders, the noble rank of individuals who represent poor people accused of crimes, or who otherwise are at risk of the government depriving them of their rights, life, liberty, or property. In general, students interested in serving poor people as criminal, housing, family, and immigration defense attorneys can all find a home within this group. PDSCLS’s mission is to make Columbia Law School a better place for all of its future public defenders and alumni working as public defenders.