Student Life

Public Interest Law Foundation

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student-led organization committed to increasing awareness of the rewards, challenges, opportunities, and needs in public interest law. Over the past two decades, PILF has created and supported a number of programs that enable students to explore and engage in public interest careers, such as the law school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program, job shadowing and networking events like the Evening with Equal Justice, and the PILF Summer Grant Program. PILF also engages in major fundraising efforts through its Fall Pledge Drive and its Spring Auction and Event in support of the Summer Grant Program.

PILF Annual Spring Event & Auction

The Spring Event & Auction is PILF's signature celebration and fundraising event. Thank you to attendees, sponsors, and donors to the 23rd Annual PILF Spring Event and Auction, held on February 12, and please save the date for our 24th Annual Spring Event & Auction: Swing for the Fences! to be held on  Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the beautiful Seattle Waterfront Marriott. For more information on the 2017 event, please visit

PILF Summer Grant Program

The PILF Summer Grant Program provides funding to Seattle University School of Law students who provide quality legal services to low-income and marginalized communities through unpaid summer jobs at nonprofit or public agencies. The Program is funded through a variety of sources, including student-initiated fundraising, individual donors, and law firm and institutional partners.

PILF defines public interest broadly. Public interest law is an area of law that focuses on advocating for marginalized and under-represented individuals, organizations, and communities. PILF welcomes applications from any Seattle University law students who are interested in public interest summer jobs, provided those applicants be in good academic standing and intend on continuing enrollment at Seattle University School of Law.

The 2016 application process is now closed. Check back for more information on the 2017 application process, or take a look at what our 2016 PILF Summer Grant Recipients have to say about what it's like to practice public interest law in the real world. 

PILF Endowment & Summer Grant Partners

The generosity of Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (COJK) has enabled Seattle University School of Law to create a PILF Endowment Fund. The fund ensures that both current and future students can continue to make an impact as powerful advocates for justice.

COJK, a Seattle-based intellectual property law firm, is the first law firm to participate in the Fund, and we are grateful for its visionary leadership. The School of Law would like to extend its utmost gratitude to COJK for providing our students with the opportunity to serve underrepresented and marginalized populations while also giving our students transformational summer experiences.

The School of Law would also like to acknowledge and thank COJK for generously funding a Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC PILF Summer Grant. Congratulations to Cameron Zangenehzadeh, COJK's 2016 PILF Summer Grantee, who has headed to Washington, DC, to serve as an Honors Law Clerk with the Environmental Protection Agency!