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 Dinner & Auction

For the first time in the history of the auction, we netted over $100,000 and met our stretch goal of raising sufficient funds for 25 PILF summer grants! We would like to thank our sponsors, attendees, and supporters for a successful event. Stay tuned for details about the 2019 auction.

PILF sponsors

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.

Please check back in March 2019 for more information on how you can apply.  Click here for more information about your 2018 Summer PILF Grantees.