Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI to Fund $333,000 in Public Interest Law Student Internship Grants in 2020

Posted on: September 19, 2019

PILI will grant $333,000 to fund 64 Law Student Interns at 30 public interest law organizations across Illinois during the 2019-20 academic year and the summer of 2020. 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.

PILI Interns work 400 hours during the summer or 200 hours during the school year at public interest law agencies. PILI has grown the number of Internship placements by 64% since 2011 and also raised the summer stipend from $5,000 in 2015 to its current amount of $6,000 and the school-year stipend from $2,500 to $3,000.

Among this year’s Interns, there will be several Named and Honorary Interns, which are funded through special commitments made by individual and organizational champions for public interest law. Learn more about Named & Honorary Internships »

PILI has operated its Law Student Internship Program since 1977, and it is the only program of its kind. Students apply from law schools across the country to compete for these funded public interest law internship opportunities. The Internships provide law students with invaluable legal experience, while also giving agencies much needed support to assist more clients in need.

Internships placements are currently offered in Alton, Bloomington, Chicago, East St. Louis, Champaign, Peoria and Rock Island, Illinois. See a full list of agencies »

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