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

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2017 Alumnus Wilfredo Lopez, Legislative Director, New York City Council

Wilfredo Lopez chose Pace because he wanted a school with a focus on public interest and Pace/Haub Law was full of opportunities for hands on learning. In his own words, “[a]fter working in different business-related industries for over a decade, I wished to make a career change and become a lawyer. Specifically, I wanted to focus on public interest law. When I visited Pace, I was impressed by the number and scope of the clinic offerings. What really impressed me was visiting the John Jay Legal Clinic and seeing the quality of work conducted by clinic students."

Click here to read Wilfredo's full story.