PILF Summer Grant Program

Thank you for your interest Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Summer Grants Program. PILF is a student group dedicated to promoting public interest law.  The purpose of the Summer Grants Program (the Program) is to provide funding to Seattle University law students who work in summer public interest jobs that offer little or no pay.  Students contact employers themselves, arrange for potential summer positions, and then apply for grants from the Program.

PILF welcomes applications from all currently enrolled Seattle University law students who are interested in public interest summer jobs, provided those applicants be in good academic standing and intend on continuing enrolment at SU Law in the 2014-2015 school year.

PILF defines public interest broadly. Public interest law is an area of law that focuses on the representation and organization of groups and interests currently under-represented in our society.  Rather than provide a rigid definition, PILF looks to the individual applicants to explain how their summer position will advance the public interest as defined in the preceding sentence, while also meeting the criteria enumerated in the application material. 

The following list of public interest work that would qualify for funding is intended to provide examples rather than to narrow the possibilities: an effort directed at legal assistance for the victims of discrimination based on sex, color, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, language, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status; an effort directed at meeting the civil legal needs of the poor, the disadvantaged, people with disabilities, the homeless, veterans, tenants, and those who have been deprived of their civil or human rights; environmental interest groups; prisoners' rights projects; international human rights organizations; and consumer advocacy groups.

To view past Summer Journal entries, click here
To view the information sessions about the grant process, click here.

2014 Summer Grants Program Application 
PILF Summer Grants Program Employer Profile

Applications will be due no later than April 4th. This date is a hard deadline and Employer Forms must be turned in by that time as well.

Applications (with completed Employer Profile forms) should be submitted electronically to PILFSummergrants@gmail.com.