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 in support of the Summer Grant Program.

PILF Annual Dinner & Auction

The 2019 auction raised a net total of more than $111,000, enough to fund 21 summer grants for students working at public interest internships. Thank you for supporting PILF! Check back later for information on next year’s auction scheduled for February 29, 2020.

Make a gift to PILF today or contact PILF for any questions.

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.

PILF 2019 Summer Grant application materials will be available for download starting February 25, 2019, from ConnectSU. Please contact Tran Dinh or Haley Sinclaire if you have any questions or concerns.  Click here for more information about your 2018 Summer PILF Grantees.