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

You are invited to our 25th Annual Spring Event & Auction: Then & Now: 25th Anniversary of the Public Interest Law Foundation. The event will be held on March 3, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, our goal is to provide 25 grants for 25 Seattle University law students to make their 2018 public internships financially possible. We need your help to reach that goal!

Early bird pricing is available now! All guests who purchase tickets before January 22nd, will have the opportunity to online bid for a chance to win 2 seats to see Hamilton at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, so reserve your seat now.

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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. More information about how to apply for a summer 2018 summer PILF grant will be available in the spring of 2018.

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 2017 PILF Summer Grant Recipients wrote about their experiences for our blog.