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Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | Pro Bono Reception

Application links are below.

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. Typically, summer Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours full-time, and school-year Interns receive $3,000 for 200 hours part-time.

Application links will appear here at 10:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Fall Interns: August 1st

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

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.

The application system for Graduate Fellowships opens at 10:00 a.m. on October 15th.

More information on how to apply »