Public Interest Law Center

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PILC Programs

The Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) was created in 2008 to bring together Pace Law School’s many public interest activities and programs, support students in their aspirations to become public interest attorneys, and to provide comprehensive public interest career development services. The PILC assists students to secure summer internships and post graduate fellowships and offers a full calendar of career panels, speakers, and workshops. The PILC's Public Interest Summer Fellowship provides funds for students working at unpaid summer internships ranging from direct legal services to marginalized communities to international human rights to district attorneys offices to environmental advocacy. Our Pro Bono Justice Program offers opportunities for students to get off campus and into the community, where they provide legal assistance in areas ranging from mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending to domestic violence, consumer credit, and community.

Our Staff


Elyse Diamond



Lisa Golden

PILC Project Coordinator

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Public Interest Profile - Hannah Walker, Staff Attorney & Director, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Pace Law graduate Hannah Walker (Dec. ’17) did not always know that she wanted to be a lawyer, however, she did always know she wanted to work in the non-profit sector. “Once I learned more about the law and how you can use it as a tool to help people, I was immediately drawn to it. Then, once I started law school, I found my passion focusing on LGBTQ and prisoner rights law.” 

During her time at Pace Law, Hannah participated in several internships. “The Public Interest Law Center was very helpful in providing me with summer funding for these otherwise unpaid internships. PILC made it possible for me to pursue what I was passionate about. One summer, I interned with the Urban Justice Center, it was after this experience that I doubled down on my efforts to take courses that would give me substantive knowledge of the areas of law that I knew would be helpful for me post-grad. I also put together my own internship with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). I continued volunteering at SRLP after my internship.”

Click here to read Hannah's full profile.