Public Interest Law Initiative

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Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | Pro Bono Reception

Application links will appear on this page when the application system is open.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Please note that each agency supervisor handles hiring differently: some make hiring decisions early in the application period, while others wait until later. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure the fullest consideration of your application. Once an agency has completed its hiring, it will be removed from the application system and you will no longer be able to apply to that agency.

Law Student Internships

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work. Summer Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours full-time, and school-year Interns receive $3,000 for 200 hours part-time. PILI also provides supplemental programmatic, networking and educational opportunities.

Application links will appear here at 10:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Fall Interns: August 1st – All Fall 2017 Internships positions have been filled.
  • Spring Interns: October 15th
  • Summer Interns: October 15th for 2Ls and December 1st for 1Ls (due to NALP restrictions)

More on important application dates and how to apply »

Graduate Fellowships


PILI’s Graduate Fellowship Program places new associates from Chicago law firms at public interest law agencies, where they work 300 hours during the summer or fall before starting at their firms. This is a unique opportunity to gain lawyering skills, build your professional networks, and do something meaningful while studying for the bar.

The application system for 2018 will open at 10:00 a.m. on October 15, 2017.

More information on how to apply »

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