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Public Interest Law Project



An Evening Under the Sea will take place on Saturday, March 15 at The Nines in downtown Portland!


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We keep the doors to public interest work open for all, not just those who can afford to take a volunteer position.

In 1990, Lewis & Clark law students founded the Public Interest Law Project (PILP) to encourage law students to pursue public interest careers. We have two primary goals:

  1. To provide students with summer public interest stipends; and
  2. To provide continuing support to our graduate Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).

Our annual auction and other fundraising efforts allow PILP to pursue its goals. PILP Summer Stipends have helped students work on a variety of public interest issues, including children’s rights, environmental protection, domestic violence, criminal law, and civil rights.