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Resources for Law Students

Law Student Internship Opportunities in Public Interest Law

A law student internship with a public interest organization is a great way to obtain practical skills and training, explore an area of law about which you are passionate, and provide needed legal services to clients in need. Internships may be funded by your school, the organization itself or a third-party organization like PILI. In addition to applying for PILI’s Law Student Internship Program, we encourage you to explore other funding opportunities as well.

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Helpful Articles & Resources

Opportunities for Law Students Pursuing Public Interest Careers
Details the various ways law students can gain public interest law experience though externships, internships (paid and unpaid), clinics, pro bono service and other volunteer opportunities.

Illinois Pro Bono Research Alliance
The Illinois Pro Bono Research Alliance provides an opportunity for law students and attorneys to collaborate while providing legal assistance to someone in need. This project matches law students with pro bono attorneys who need assistance on a research assignment, from those taking only a few hours, to larger projects.

Illinois 711 License: Providing Legal Services While in Law School
This article will provide a short explanation of the requirements for a 711 license and information on how to obtain the license.


This guide is designed by the American Bar Association to assist law students in evaluating a firm’s pro bono culture, to encourage the search for firms actively engaged in pro bono work and to help law students ask the questions that will lead law firms to maintain or increase their pro bono programs.