Public Interest Law Initiative

Intern Seminars & Events

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As a PILI Intern, your education doesn’t just happen at your agency. PILI organizes a series of weekly educational seminars for Interns over the summer, covering a range of hard skills and substantive law topics related to public interest law and pro bono. We also discuss career development ideas for law students interested in public interest law. Additionally, each fall and spring, we host educational programs for school-year PILI Interns. Attendance counts towards your hour requirement.

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns in the Chicago area are invited to attend many of the summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »
  • For interns outside of Chicago: PILI also webcasts most of our seminars and maintains an online archive of past seminars. See specific events below for details on webcasting.

Please contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128 with any questions or for more information about educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • PILI’s YPB Arcade for Legal Aid

    • May 2nd, 2018 – 5:30 pm, at Hi-Point Game Lounge

    Join PILI's new Young Professionals Board for their inaugural fundraiser to raise money to support PILI's programs.

  • PILI Intern and Fellow Orientation

    • May 31st, 2018 – 9:30 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Each year, PILI hosts a full-day orientation for PILI Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

  • PILI Intern and Fellow Daley Center Tour

    • June 4th, 2018 – 9:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    PILI's Law Student Intern and Graduate Fellow Orientation experience a tour of the Richard J. Daley Center, where many Interns and Fellows will go to civil court over the summer, as well as explore the Cook County Law Library and offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 20th, 2018 – 5:30 pm, at Ivy Room at Tree Studios

    PILI's Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals. This event also supports the work of PILI's Pro Bono Initiative Program.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 5th, 2018 – 11:30 am, at Palmer House Hilton

    PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need.

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