Public Interest Law Center

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PILC Programs

The Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) was created in 2008 to bring together the 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

Director, Public Service Careers and Environmental Law Programs Career Specialist


Lisa Golden

PILC Project Coordinator

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A Q&A with 2016 Alumna Ryan Koleda, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice

Why did you choose Pace?

I chose Pace because of the positive reputation of the public interest law center and the hands-on learning experience it offered. I went into law school only wanting to practice in the public interest field. Pace had amazing clinics, including the Immigration Justice Clinic, where I worked as a student attorney my last year of law school.

Were you always interested in public interest work?

For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to the public interest field. In college I studied social work and sociology. After college, I didn’t quite know how I wanted to apply my passion for social justice to my future career. But I went to law school knowing this would be the avenue to do just that. Through law school, I discovered how I wanted to practice and apply the law through public interest work.

Click here to read Ryan's full Q&A.