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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.

Events

  • BOARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! Interested in being on PILF’s board next year? Click HERE!
  • GET FUNDED: 
    • PILF Scholarships: Public interest summer scholarships (1Ls & 2Ls working for a non-profit or gov’t agency this summer). Apply HERE!
    • PILF Bar stipends: (3Ls committed to public interest work and PILF). Apply HERE!
    • SPIEP: The Summer Public Interest Employment Program (SPIEP) is offered to Loyola students for funding of summer employment. The program is designed to provide employment opportunities for Loyola students interested in public interest careers while providing public interest employers with law student resources which they otherwise might not be able to afford. SPIEP is a federal funded work-study program that supports 70 students (60 in public interest and 10 in government positions) working at non-profit and government agencies. Eligible students may earn up to a maximum of $3,500 during the summer. Click HERE for more information. Submit the complete SPIEP application, including the signed, dated FAFSA receipt, to the Public Interest Law Department, B227, by the deadline date of March 30th @ 3:00 p.m. NOTE: SPIEP is different from PILF grants/scholarships. You may apply for both.
  • The Gram: PILF will be participating in next week’s “Diversity Week” on campus! We will be selling candy grams for you lovely students to purchase for 25 cents each (feel free to donate more) and send to your lovely friends and peers to celebrate each other’s diversity! Stop by the quad and look for your friendly, neighborhood PILF board member (we’ll be tabling) to purchase a gram! 25 cent min., but feel free to donate more!
  • Naturalization Clinic: In partnership with local community organizations, Advancing Justice-LA hosts free citizenship application workshops where our staff and volunteers help verify their eligibility for citizenship, complete and file their citizenship applications, and prepare their fee waiver requests if they cannot afford the filing fee. PILF is looking to collaborate with APALSA in helping out at Advancing Justice’s naturalization clinic! To volunteer, you’ll need to complete a mandatory training session for 2 hours before starting at the clinic! But fear not, Advancing Justice will be on campus to train students. Tentative training sessions: March 23th, March 30th, or April 6th (all Thursday evenings). For more information about this important clinic, click HERE. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact PILF’s very own board member, Natasha Tran (ptran11@lls.edu).

Announcements (intern/externships/pro bono opportunities):

  • Dan Bradley Fellowship Award Application: For more information and to apply, click HERE!
  • Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal: LAPILJ is looking for articles focused on current homelessness issues in L.A. area as well as the challenges/problems/solutions to the immigrant community in L.A. area under the Trump Administration from law students, law professors and legal practitioners for its Volume 7. Please see the Submission Guidelines for LAPILJ at http://lapilj.org/submissions/ for detailed requirements. You can also check the previous issues at http://lapilj.org/issues/ for your reference. The priority deadline for consideration is noon, Friday, March 17, 2017. Any interested students should email their articles directly to submissions.lapilj@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to email to LAPILJ at lapilj@gmail.com or to Mo Wang, EIC of Production, at mo.wang@lls.edu.
  • Equal Justice America Fellowship: The deadline for students to apply for an Equal Justice America Fellowship is approaching. Students must email their applications by March 20th. Click HERE to apply!
  • The 19th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat: The Trina Grillo Retreat is a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice. This year’s theme, Standing Together, recognizes that in these times, we must collaborate, build coalitions, and show up for each other in order address the targeting of our marginalized communities and the needs of our planet. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th. WHERE: Berkeley Law School. To learn more about this amazing event, please click HERE. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: If interested, please contact Contact Christine Zeimantz, Assistant to the Director Public Interest Law Department. Phone: (213) 736-1059; Christine.Zeimantz@lls.edu
  • PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY: TWO STUDENTS WANTED. The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Technology Summit Conference: Loyola Law School will be hosting the The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Technology Summit Conference, which is an all day symposium oriented around using technology to increase access to justice. For more information about LAAC, click HERE. WHEN: Tuesday, March 7th. Students will receive pro bono credit for hours worked, be able to attend the conference for free, and get a comped breakfast and lunch. They will assist with registration, meet Corner Bakery folks delivering food and help set up. These students ideally would be students who want to work for Legal Aid and would appreciate meeting and greeting 60-80 CA legal aid executives and staff attorneys. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: If interested, please contact Contact Christine Zeimantz, Assistant to the Director Public Interest Law Department. Phone: (213) 736-1059; Christine.Zeimantz@lls.edu
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is looking for two law clerks for their 2017 summer program to work on its AmeriCorps Veterans’ program.  Click HERE for a flyer with the relevant information.  Interest students should apply to Pam Marx at pmarx@mhas-la.org with a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
  • SUMMER OPPORTUNITY ALERT: Asian Americans Advancing Justice is seeking 2017 Spring and Summer law clerks for their litigation unit. Law clerks must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for 10 weeks during 2017 Spring or 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the 2017 Summer months. For additional information and how to apply, click HERE:
  • In need of pro bono hours? Contact Christine Zeimantz, Assistant to the Director Public Interest Law Department. Phone:  (213) 736-1059. Email: Christine.Zeimantz@lls.edu