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Public Interest Law Fund

Mission

The Penn State Law's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) was established by students of the Dickinson School of Law’s Public Interest Law Fund in 1990. Each year, PILF members work hard to raise funds that underwrite its Summer Fellowship Program. The objective of the Program is to enable non- transferring first, second, and non-graduating third-year students at Penn State Law to work in unpaid public interest jobs during the summer to gain valuable experience. This includes non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, some government agencies, and private firms engaged in public interest practice. Through financial support to students engaged in such public interest internships, PILF ultimately assists populations who are traditionally underserved and inadequately represented by providing greater access to legal services.

2021-2022 Executive Board

President: Beth Anne Patterson
Vice President: Ashleigh Herrin
Fellowship Chair: Grace Ward
Co-Auction Chairs: Mary Honaker Davis, Micaela Hyams
Merchandise Chair: Katie Ryalls

Please visit the official Penn State Law PILF website

PILF Fellowship Application

PILF Fellowship Application Employer Form

PILF Sample Breakdown of Expenses

News: Alumna Provides Gift to Create Public Interest Law Award

 

Major Activities

PILF works year-long to fundraise for its Summer Fellowship Program and raise awareness of pro bono opportunities for Penn State Law students. PILF's most significant fundraisers are its Annual Auction, which includes both silent and live auctions, and its Exam Basket Fundraiser, which provides students with treats and study aids in preperation for final exams. PILF members regularly volunteer at the annual "Wills for Heroes" event hosted by the Centre County Bar Association, which provides veterans and first responders with estate planning services.