What is a PILA Fellowship?
The PILA fellowship is a financial grant awarded to a law student to work in an unpaid public interest law position during the summer. The amount and number of fellowships awarded depend upon the funds raised by the Annual PILA Auction. In 2010, we awarded nine fellowships.
What qualifies as a Public Interest Law job?
The field is quite broad and covers almost any type of work that helps the public/community at large. Preferential consideration will be given to jobs that provide legal help to typically under-served segments of the population such as the poor, the elderly, etc. In the past, recipients have worked with the Georgia Innocence Project, the Georgia Center for Law in Public Interest, the ACLU, Atlanta Legal Aid, Public Defenders, Environmental Law Groups, Homeless Law Clinics, etc. Students may want to refer to Equal Justice Works (password is equal2004) and Public Service Law Net (free registration) for current information on public service opportunities throughout the country.
Who may apply for a PILA fellowship?
Any student currently enrolled at the Georgia State University College of Law may apply, whether or not s/he is a member of PILA. Although some consideration will be given to the applicant's involvement in PILA and public interest activities, membership in PILA is not a requirement. The following are some of the criteria used for the selection of the fellows:
- demonstration of interest in public interest law
- financial need of the applicant
- benefits to the applicant
- time involved in position - full time (300 total hours or 30 hrs/week) or part time (150 total hours or 15 hrs/week)
- involvement in PILA or other public interest law group
- organization for which applicant works
As one of GSU College of Law's most active student organizations, PILA offers students a chance to get involved, meet their peers, and contribute to their school and community.