Friday, February 10, 2012

PILF Summer Grant Information Session

PILF Summer Grant Information Session
Monday, February 27th, 4pm, Room 309

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student group dedicated to promoting public interest law. PILF offers a Summer Grant Program to provide funding to Seattle University School of Law (SU Law) students who will work in summer public interest jobs that offer little or no pay.

PILF welcomes applications from all currently enrolled SU Law students who are interested in public interest summer jobs. PILF defines public interest broadly as 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 applicant to explain how his or her summer position will advance the public interest (as defined in the preceding sentence). 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.

Through the PILF program, students contact employers themselves, arrange for potential summer positions, and then apply to the Summer Grant Program. Please note that all organizations will be expected to explain why they cannot financially support an applicant’s summer internship.

PILF will be hosting an info session for students interested in applying for a summer grant on Monday, February 27th at 4pm in Sullivan Hall Room 309. Application materials will be made available electronically via [link] after the info session has taken place. Applications will be due no later than April 1st—this date is a hard deadline and each applicant must submit his or her Employer Form by that time. Applications should be submitted electronically to