The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) cultivates a community of public interest minded students, faculty, and practitioners at Boston College Law School. We believe that a legal education should be utilized to advance the greater good and that all students should have the opportunity to pursue a path of service. We encourage the exploration of numerous legal avenues by broadening access to inclusive public service opportunities, while striving for the financial security of every student using their legal degree for positive change.
PILF is a student-run organization that focuses on making public interest law more accessible to all BC Law students. Members of the PILF Board organize events, fundraise, and engage in alumni outreach to foster a culture of public interest at BC. General members of PILF are encouraged to attend events, participate in volunteer opportunities, and engage in public service with the support of PILF stipends.
For over thirty years, PILF students have raised money to support fellow students who want to work in the public interest, but cannot afford to work for free. PILF summer stipends allow students to serve the public interest, regardless of financial circumstance. For more information about stipends, including how to apply, visit the stipends page.
WHAT WE DO:
PUBLIC INTEREST PROGRAMMING
PILF also facilitates public interest-oriented programming at BC Law. During the 2019-2020 school year, hundreds of BC Law students participated in Days of Service, speaker events, workshops, and PILF's annual Toy Drive. Despite the current pandemic, PILF's Programming Team is dedicated to planning virtual events to keep the spirit of public interest alive.