Law Student Internship Program
Each summer, PILI funds dozens of 400-hour internships for first and second-year law students from across the country to work at an approved public interest law agencies in Illinois. PILI also offers a limited number of 200-hour school year internships for Chicago area law students.
Graduate Fellowship Program
Through their hiring law firm, PILI offers new law school graduates the opportunity to work 300 hours during the summer after their graduation at one of 59 public interest law agencies in Illinois. Nearly two dozen Chicago law firms offer the PILI Fellowship Program, paying a stipend to their new associates to work at one of PILI's Participating Agencies.
PILI Alumni Program
Today, over 3,000 law students and graduates have participated in PILI’s Internship and Fellowship Programs. The Alumni Program maintains the connection between these public interest lawyers, PILI and the public interest law community.
Pro Bono Initiative Program
PILI is a resource for Illinois law firms and corporations developing or enhancing pro bono programs. This pro bono consulting program fosters business cultures and legal careers that feature a commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.
Law Firm Extended Placement Programs
PILI encourages law firms to provide the opportunity for firm attorneys — whether new associates or seasoned attorneys — to be placed at a public interest law organization for an extended period of time in a rotation or fellowship program. PILI provides assistance to firms in developing such programs and in identifying public interest law organizations to host their attorneys.