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Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | Pro Bono Reception

Application links will appear below when the 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. In Summer 2024, PILI Interns will receive $6,500 for working 400 hours, and 2023-2024 school-year Interns will receive $3,250 for 200 hours. Both amount will be less applicable taxes.

Application links will appear here at 10:00 a.m. CT on the following dates and will remain until all positions are filled:

  • Fall Interns: August 1st
  • Spring Interns: October 15th
  • Summer Interns: November 1st  for 2Ls and November 15th for 1Ls

Apply Now for Summer 2024

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 in Illinois, where they are typically paid by their hiring firm to work for 300 hours between graduation and joining the firm.

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