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

You are invited to our 24th Annual Spring Event & Auction: Swing for the Fences! to be held on  Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the beautiful Seattle Waterfront Marriott. We look forward to seeing you as our newly evolved event aims to raise more funds than ever before. Buy tickets and preview auction items at

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.

We are now accepting applications for 2017 summer grants. Students can check TWEN for application materials and contact ATJI with questions. Please note that the application deadline is March 24, 2017.

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.

Our 2016 PILF Summer Grant Recipients wrote about their experiences for our blog.