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PILF is constantly working to make summer stipends more accessible and ease the burden of the application process.  We recognize that these stipends are essential for many students to pursue unpaid summer public interest positions.  Accordingly, we attempt to ensure that funding is allocated for all need-based applicants as soon as possible.  If you have any questions about stipends, please email Sam Hodgkins-Sumner, PILF's Stipends Director, at


  • Apply for federal work-study through the FAFSA and submit the BC Law financial aid application by January 20, 2023;

  • Complete the PILF stipend application;

  • Secure an internship or have an interview scheduled with a qualifying employer by the application deadline 

  • Inform PILF of any outside alternative funding procured

Applications will be due in April 2023

Racial Justice Stipends

Each year PILF provides 10 Racial Justice Stipends recognizing students undertaking important and urgent work tied to dismantling systemic racism, including students of color doing public interest work in historically white spaces.  Recipients of these stipends will receive an additional $1,000 for their summer internship.  The Racial Justice Stipends program was inaugurated in the 2020-21 school year in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black lives.

To be considered for this additional funding, students will need to fill out a supplemental application question explaining how their work will advance racial justice.  The applications will be anonymized then evaluated by members of the Racial Justice Stipends Committee, consisting of PILF Board members, BC Law professors and alumni, and LAHANAS student leaders.

If you have any questions about the Racial Justice Stipends, please contact us at

These stipends were made possible thanks to the generous donations of alumni through the Ingrid Michelson Hillinger Legacy Fund and the contributions of Hinckley Allen.

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Ingrid Michelson Hillinger Fellowship

The Ingrid Michelson Hillinger Fellowship recognizes 10 students who are exceptionally committed to public service.  The IMH Fellowship is designed to support the next generation of BC Law alumni who shape justice in our communities.  Law students pursuing public interest internships for their 2L summer and who intend to dedicate their careers to others by pursuing a public service path immediately after graduation are eligible for this Fellowship.  Recipients will receive $1,000 in addition to their general PILF summer stipend.

Applicants must complete an application for a PILF Summer Stipend and supplemental questions addressing their passion for public interest and their plans for future involvement in the public interest community.  The applications will be anonymized then evaluated by members of the IMH Fellowship Selection Committee, consisting of PILF Board members, BC law professors, and alumni.

If you have any questions about the Ingrid Michelson Hillinger Fellowship, please contact us at


These stipends were made possible thanks to the generous donations of alumni through the Ingrid Michelson Hillinger Legacy Fund.




Lawyers for Civil Rights

"By having the financial support I needed to be able to explore opportunities, I found myself on the right career path, and one that I wouldn't change for anything."



Fellow at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C

“My PILF stipend allowed me to advocate for low-income immigrant workers, recovering unpaid wages after their employers threatened them and withheld their paychecks. I could not have pursued my passion for economic justice without PILF's financial support, and I will carry my unique and formative summer experience with me throughout my career.”



Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts

“I began to employ and sharpen my legal writing, research, and client counseling skills. I started to envision the lawyer I could be. By the end of the summer, I had successfully advocated for medical accommodations for numerous clients seeking immediate medical treatment. I am so thankful to the donors that enabled my experience this summer.”


  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • Anti-Defamation League 

  • Brooklyn District Attorney's Office 

  • City of Providence Law Department 

  • Colorado State Public Defender 

  • Community Legal Aid Society 

  • Environmental Protection Agency 

  • Federal Defender Capital Habeas Unit 


  • Governor of Massachusetts Office of Legal Counsel 

  • Greater Boston Legal Services 

  • Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic 

  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

  • Harvard Systemic Justice Project COVID Systems Summer Institute

  • Justice Bridge Legal Center 

  • Maryland Public Defender 

  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination 

  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

  • Medical-Legal Partnership Boston

  • Middlesex County District Attorney's Office 

  • New Jersey Superior Court 

  • New York State Office of the Attorney General 

  • Northeast Legal Aid 

  • Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts

  • Office of the Attorney General of Rhode Island 

  • Oxfam

  • Pace Women's Justice Center 

  • People's Parity Project 

  • Poverty and Race Research Action Council

  • Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center

  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

  • Suffolk County Superior Court 

  • U.S. Department of Education

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