The Public Interest Law Center hosts many events to educate students about public service, to celebrate our public interest community, and to prepare students for careers in public interest.
The Leaders in Public Interest Series
The centerpiece of PILC’s education program is the Leaders in Public Interest Series, which brings to NYU Law leading practitioners from around the country to discuss public interest issues and a wide variety of public service careers. Students have the opportunity to meet with each speaker, both in a small group before the speaker’s talk and at a networking reception afterward. The first Fall lecture is the Abrams Public Service Lecture, given by a prominent public figure who has performed exemplary public service.
The Summer Funding Program
As the most ambitious such program in the nation, the PILC Summer Funding Program guarantees funding for all first- and second-year students who want to work in public interest and government positions. For students who want to be public interest lawyers, the summer provides an invaluable training opportunity; for students who choose to pursue careers in the private sector, spending their 1L summer in public service encourages the habit of pro bono work.
The Public Interest Mentors Program
The Public Interest Mentors Program is an opportunity for students to provide ongoing information and inspiration to one another. Mentors are second- and third-year law students committed to public interest law and the NYU Law community. Throughout the year, they share their job search strategies, internship experiences, and advice about classes, clinics, journals, and student groups with incoming law students. The program serves approximately 200 law students and helps to organize public interest social events.
The Annual Public Service Auction
In 2003, Dean Revesz guaranteed funding to first- and second-year students pursuing summer public interest internships. In support of this mission, and in partnership with PILC, students raise over $75,000 through the Public Service Auction each year. With their help, NYU Law is able to fund over 300 students annually.
The Annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair
This annual career fair, held each February, is the largest public interest legal career fair in the nation. Prospective employers meet with students from 21 participating law schools who want to obtain summer internships, permanent jobs, or learn more about careers in public interest law. The fair usually welcomes more than 200 employers and over 2,000 students.
DC Government Summer Series
PILC launched the DC Guarini Government Summer Series in 2009 to foster student interest in careers with the federal government and connect them with NYU alumni. Events include discussions with prominent alumni in government, a panel with more recent alumni sharing their experiences, and a networking happy hour for students and alumni.
The Deans’ Cup
Since 2002, students at NYU Law and Columbia Law School have organized an annual basketball game to raise money for public interest law. Each year more than 1,400 students and alumni attend the match between the two schools, which yields almost $75,000 from sponsoring law firms to support public interest programs at each school.