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Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

The Public Interest Law Foundation (“PILF”) is a student-run organization whose goal is to enable students at the University of San Francisco School of Law to work in unpaid summer internships in the public interest/public sector and to provide support to help them pursue careers in the public interest/public sector upon graduation. 

Comprised of a community of USF Law students, alumni, faculty and friends devoted to public interest advocacy, PILF promotes its goals by fundraising and sponsoring public interest and community service events on campus to educate students about the rewarding career possibilities in public interest law.  PILF’s annual fundraising efforts directly support summer grants for law students with a demonstrated commitment to public interest who work in unpaid, full-time summer positions at local, national, and international public interest/public sector agencies, organizations, and firms.

The funding for these summer grants is raised through programs like PILF’s Donate-a-Day Summer Pledge Program and PILF’s Annual Auction & Award Ceremony, as well as year-round contributions by members of the USF Law and greater legal community.

PILF's Mission

  • Foster a community of law students interested in public interest work.
  • Educate students about job opportunities in the public interest sector and serve as a resource for job leads.
  • Raise money to support unpaid summer work in the public interest.
  • Encourage law students to volunteer in the community and help provide meaningful and appropriate opportunities for them to do so. 
  • Educate students about ways that private/firm attorneys can make meaningful contributions to the public interest. 
  • Instill a sense of community ownership, pride and responsibility that will motivate students and lawyers to make positive changes. 

PILF’s Fundraising Events

Annual Gala Auction & Award Ceremony

“Donate-a-Day” Summer Pledge Program

More detailed information about PILF can be found on their website: www.usfpilf.org/