PILF works with the law school to guarantee summer funding to 1Ls and 2Ls working in unpaid government or public interest positions. The funding is awarded through the Dean's Summer Service Grant, which provides summer funding to 1L and 2L students who secure a qualifying public service position for the summer, including: local, state, or federal government; not-for-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations (including international); and summer judicial clerkships (for 2Ls only).
To receive funding, students must complete 20 hours of public service during the year, 10 of which must be with the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). The remaining 10 hours may be with a pro bono project (approved by the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono) or may be completed through PILF. Any student who contributes at least 10 volunteer hours to PILF's annual fundraising efforts and another 10 hours to PILF or an approved pro bono project is guaranteed funding. For details on how to apply for summer funding or other sources of summer funding, please visit this page.
PILF also awards Bar Grants to help offset the cost of the bar exam for graduating law students who are immediately going to work in qualifying public interest or government jobs. To receive a bar grant, graduating students must complete 20 hours of public service during the year, 10 of which must be with PILF. The remaining 10 hours may be with PILF or a pro bono project (approved by the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono). Bar Grants in 2016 and 2017 were $2,500. Bar Application Requirements are contained in the document below. Please fill out the PILF Bar Grant Application, which can be found here, by Monday, April 13th, 2020.
*These guidelines are subject to change without notice.