The Loyola Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a non-partisan, student-run organization invested in fostering the careers of students dedicated to providing assistance to those traditionally underrepresented in the legal system.

PILF’s Mission

PILF channels the energy of Loyola students who give, serve and work in the public interest by:

  • Providing a Summer Fellowship Grant Program that enables students to contribute an entire summer to public interest legal work in communities locally and throughout the world.
  • Providing much needed legal assistance to the Los Angeles community.
  • Providing law students a way to get involved.
  • Helping launch Loyola students into public interest careers by fostering alumni relationships and mentoring opportunities.
  • Educating law students about the importance of serving the public, partnership with Loyola’s Public Interest Law Department.


  • Chipotle. PILF’s First General Board Meeting. Chipotle. 2L’s & 3L’s – Y’all need pro bono hours. Help us help you. Come find out about Juvenile Rights Project / CARES programming for the Fall. 1L’s – Y’all need mentors. Help us help you. Come sign up for our mentor/mentee program (we can pair you with alumni, upperclassmen, or both!). EVERYONE – Y’all need burritos. Come have Chipotle on us.
  • Who: Chipotle
  • What: PILF’s first general board meeting of the year
  • When/When: 12:00p in DH and again at 5:00p in H70
  • Why: Chipotle

There is still space open in this course that will provide you with an overview of the dependency system including the court process, foster care, and case law.  This course could be a gateway to a future career in public interest law. DEPENDENCY LAW PRACTICUM (LAWI-4034) – 2 UNITS, MON 8:10pm-10:10pm. This course will explore basic dependency law and procedure. Organized around each stage of a dependency case, this course covers the issues that regularly arise and the procedures that apply at each stage of the case. Designed to give students an introduction to the statutes, rules of court, and case law applicable to dependency proceedings. This course will touch on child development issues: what constitutes child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues. The course will also address family reunification and preservation, reasonable services, and the importance and impact of these issues within the child welfare system. Opportunities will be given to draft such documents as pleadings, witness testimony, a trial brief, and to argue a simulated case.