"The best advice I can give for students interested in public interest is to get very involved in the public interest community by taking clinics, volunteering at local non-profits, and being active in student groups with similar interests."
Amber VanSchuyver is group coordinator for the Domestic Violence/Family practice area at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). She is based in Edinburg, Texas. In her many years at TRLA, she has practiced family, immigration and microenterprise law. After graduating from Texas Law, Amber received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to economically empower victims of domestic violence in South Texas. She conducted trainings on economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors and shelters and litigated many economic issues related to domestic violence.
At Texas Law, Amber participated in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, the Immigration Clinic, and the Access to Justice Internship; was actively involved in the Public Interest Law Association, the Human Rights Law Society and Concerned Students for LRAP; and served as managing editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and as a student representative on the Dean’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program committee. She spent her summers working at TRLA in Edinburg and Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco.