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 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 2015 Summer Grant Application Now Available!

2015 Summer Grants Program Application

PILF Summer Grants Program Employer Commitment Letter

Application Packets (including completed Employer Profile forms) should be submitted electronically to PILFSummergrants@gmail.com. Inquiries may also be submitted to this email address.

Completed Application Packets - including the commitment letter completed by your proposed employer - must be returned no later than 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015. This date is a hard deadline. 

Info Sessions

Questions about the Summer Grant Program? Please consider attending a Summer Grant Info Session on 
Wednesday, March 4, from 5pm-6pm, or on Thursday, March 5, from 12pm-1pm, in Room C3. 


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 enrollment at SU Law in the 2015-2016 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 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 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; or
  • 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.