Public Interest Law Initiative

School-year Internships

PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year to second and third-year law students at ABA accredited schools in the Chicago area. School-year Interns will receive $2,500 for 200 hours of work over the course of a semester.

Application period and process

Due to website changes at Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), which administers PILI’s application system, the procedure for applying for Internships has changed.

This fall only, applicants for fall semester PILI Internship positions should email PILI’s Program Manager Katie Pieper at with the following items:

  • One standard resume (pdf), with your name in the file name; and
  • A customized cover letter for each organization to which you are applying. Each cover letter should be separately attached, in a pdf format and named with the following structure: Last Name, First Name, Agency.

Please note, the documents will not be opened, so check the file name for accuracy.

Once you have emailed PILI your resume and cover letter(s), your application is complete. PILI will distribute each application to the appropriate agency.

Spring semester and summer 2017 PILI Internship applications will be back on the new ILAO website. Please check back in the fall for more details.

The application period for each school-year Internship program will open on the following days:

  • Fall: August 1st
  • Spring: November 1st at 10 a.m. CST.

Who can I contact with questions about submitting my application?

Contact PILI’s Program Manager Katie Pieper by e-mail or by phone at 312-832-5128.

Agencies that will be hosting school-year PILI Interns

Fall 2016:

Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL)
Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc [AGENCY CLOSED]
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)
Equip for Equality [AGENCY CLOSED]
National Immigrant Justice Center
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law [AGENCY CLOSED]

Spring 2017:

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA)
CARPLS (Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services)
Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
National Immigrant Justice Center
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc.

Learn more about PILI’s Honorary and Named Internships  »

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