About the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program:
Through the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program, new associates at Chicago law firms spend 300 hours during the summer or fall working at public interest law organizations in Illinois while studying for or after taking the bar. Fellows are sponsored by their hiring firms. PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys and provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
PILI Fellows develop important practical skills, forge a professional network within the Illinois legal community and provide critically needed legal assistance to public interest law agencies and their clients. Through participation in our educational, networking and advising programs, Fellows expand their networks and build valuable relationships with other Illinois lawyers and recent graduates. View our upcoming summer schedule.
Nearly two dozen Chicago law firms have offered the PILI Fellowship, paying stipends to their new associates to work at one of PILI's 59 Participating Agencies. Ask your firm's recruitment personnel whether your firm participates in the program. New firms are added each year. If your firm is not listed, ask whether your firm might consider participating in PILI's Fellowship Program.
PILI Fellowships provide the scheduling flexibility to allow Fellows to participate in a formal bar review course and take the bar exam while gaining hands-on legal experience.
NEW FOR 2013 FELLOWSHIPS: Those interested in PILI Graduate Fellowships for 2013 will use an online application system administered by PILI to apply to up to 10 Participating Agencies.
In order to apply for a PILI Fellowship, you will need to register on IllinoisProBono.org before you can submit your application.
There is an approval process that can take up to 24 hours (longer on weekends and holidays). After registering and receiving approval, you may apply online for 2013 PILI Graduate Fellowships. The online application system will allow you to apply to up to 10 Participating Agencies and will be available as of October 15th.