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 Grant Program is to provide funding to Seattle University School of Law (SU Law) students who will be working 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 Grants Program.
PILF welcomes applications from all currently enrolled SU Law students who are interested in public interest summer jobs.
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 applications 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 attached 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.
Please note that all organizations will be expected to explain why they cannot financially support an applicant's summer internship.
To view the information sessions about the grant process, click here.
Applications will be due no later than April 1st . This date is a hard deadline and you must turn in your Employer Form by that time.
Applications (with completed Employer Profile forms) should be submitted electronically to PILFSummergrants@gmail.com