Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

About PILF

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is student organization that supports NYU Law students’ involvement in public interest work during the academic year and local 501(c)(3) organizations completing important legal work. Founded in 1978 by NYU Law students and faculty, PILF is one of the oldest and most successful law school-based foundations in the nation.

PILF raises money to support an active grant-making program in order to fund term-time internships for NYU students. Grant recipients serve on the Board of PILF for the remainder of their law school careers and actively contribute to fundraising and networking efforts. Every year, PILF also gives a limited number of grants to nonprofit organizations. Local nonprofits that are serving marginalized communities or pursuing innovative advocacy or policy work are encouraged to apply.

Lastly, PILF works to unite public interest-minded students at the Law School by hosting special events, such as the employer-student networking reception after the PILC Career Fair, guest speakers, and social events.

Student Internship Grants

PILF is now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 semester. Download the application form here. Application materials are due by Friday, March 7 at 5pm to nyupilf@gmail.com.

Each year, in the fall and spring semesters, PILF sponsors approximately 5 NYU Law students to work in unpaid, term-time internships. After a competitive application process, PILF makes grants of up to $750 to each student. Grant decisions take several factors into account, including but not limited to: the type of legal work involved and the population served, the student’s commitment to public interest work, whether or not the student is a receipeint of a major NYU public service scholarship, and the student’s capacity to serve on the PILF Board.

Some of the public interest organizations for which PILF grantees have worked include: New York Center for Law and Justice, The Legal Aid Society, The Door, The Opportunity Agenda, African Services Committee, the Queens County District Attorney, Human Rights Watch, UN Women, Urban Justice Center, and The Bronx Defenders.

Please email PILF Shira Burton at shira.burton@nyu.edu with any questions.