Public Service Auction

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Public Service Auction?
The Public Service Auction helps fund summer Public Interest Summer Funding Grants for 1L and 2L students, enabling public interest organizations to utilize the skills of law students while allowing those students to gain valuable training for future public interest work. The extraordinary work that NYU Law students commit themselves to spans a variety of fieldsfrom children’s advocacy to environmental protection to providing services to low-income individuals. Please read the Student Stories section for more information.

What is the Public Interest Law Center?
Created in 1992, New York University School of Law's Public Interest Law Center (PILC) has become a national model for the promotion of public service. As the focal point for public service opportunities at NYU School of Law, PILC oversees a variety of programs and provides students interested in public service with comprehensive support from course advice to career counseling. More

How can I get tickets?
Student tickets and regular (non-student) tickets are currently available here. Tickets may also be purchased at the door (cash only).

How can I donate?
If you are interested in donating an item or cash to the Public Service Auction, please visit the Donations page

When/Where is the Auction?
The auction will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, which is located at 40 Washington Square South. Bidding on all silent auction items will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude at 10:00 PM. The live auction will begin at 7:30 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM, with bidding on silent auction items continuing concurrently.

How does the silent auction work?
Before being allowed to bid, bidders fill out forms regarding billing information (all major credit cards will be accepted). The highest bidder at the close of the auction will be automatically charged for the item and then contacted by phone or email to arrange pick up. Each item will also have a buy-out option for a bid of 150% of the item's stated value which will end the silent bidding on that item; this is a great alternative for those who won't be able to stay through the end of the evening but want to make sure they will win the item.

How does bidding work?
When you arrive at the auction, you will be assigned a unique identification number which you use to do all of your bidding. If you wish to bid on an item, you must bid higher than the previous bidder by at least the minimum bid increment. All items will have an opening bid amount, if you are the first to bid on the item. If you want to ensure that no one later outbids you, feel free to exceed the bid increment or check back frequently to see if you have been outbid. If you are the highest bidder at the close of the auction, the credit card you used to pay for your auction ticket will be charged, and you will be contacted to arrange delivery of the item.

What methods of payment are allowed?
Items in the live and featured item silent auction may be paid for by check or credit. Credit cards are the only method of payment for items in the silent auction. All major credit cards are accepted.

Public Service Auction | c/o Public Interest Law Center | 245 Sullivan Street, Room 430
New York, New York 10012-1074 | Telephone: (212) 998-6686 |