Public Interest Grants
Summer Public Interest Grants
Public Interest Scholarships from PILF are awarded to select Loyola Law School students (1-2L, 1-3E) who work for an approved public interest law firm during the summer. Criteria for the award include demonstrated commitment to PILF, public interest participation, and other factors. Applications are available to students in late Spring Semester.
In 2009, PILF gave out $40,000 in public interest grants.
Public Interest Bar Stipends
A few Loyola Law School students demonstrating strong commitment to public interest law may be awarded the prestigious PILF Bar Stipend, awarded following graduation, to be used in preparation for the California BAR exam.
Applications for 2010 Summer Public Interest Grants and Public Interest Bar Stipends will become available during the spring of 2010.
Ami Silverman ’87 Endowment Fund
The Ami Silverman Endowment PILF Fund, started in 2007, provides summer stipends of up to $1,500 to public interest law students. Sterling Franklin and Larry Franklin, trustees of the Morris S. Smith Foundation, provided a generous donation to start the Fund, in honor of Ami Silverman, ’87, for her work with the the Loyola Law School Alumni Association.
Last year, Cindy Panuco, ’09, was the first student to receive an award from the Fund. Panuco’s work in public interest has included helping domestic violence victims at the Immigration Center for Women and Children, and working on civil rights litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Loyola Law School Students should also be aware of SPIEP Funding, which can total as much as $3,500.
SPIEP 2010 applications are now available. Deadline is March 23, 2010. Download the application