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.

View a preview of PILI’s 2019 Summer Educational Programming schedule » 

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

  • Spring Intern Breakfast

    • February 6th, 2020 – 8:30 am, at Foley & Lardner

    At this event, PILI's Spring Interns will share the types of work they have been doing during their Internship. PILI Participating Agency Supervisors hosting Spring Interns are also invited to participate. Registration is open now.

  • Spring Educational Seminar

    • March 12th, 2020 – 9:00 am, at The Public Interest Law Initiative

    PILI organizes an educational seminars for spring Interns covering a topic related to public interest law. Details on the topic will be announced soon. Interns are expected to attend. Lunch is provided and attendance counts towards the 200 hour time requirement. Advance registration is required by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th. If you have...

  • PILI’s YPB Arcade for Legal Aid

    • April 1st, 2020 – 5:30 pm, at Hi-Point Game Lounge

    PILI’s Young Professionals Board hosts this annual fundraiser to support PILI's programs and introduce other young professionals to PILI's mission.

  • Spring Intern Reception

    • April 15th, 2020 – 5:30 pm, at Theory Bar

    The Alumni Network Leadership Council welcomes Spring PILI Interns to a reception recognizing and celebrating the important work they did to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 17th, 2020 – 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 Program.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 2nd, 2020 – 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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