Public Interest Career Development

Public Interest Law Committee

Southwestern's Public Interest Law Committee (PILC) sponsors a number of activities every year to raise awareness and encourage involvement in providing legal services to underrepresented members of society.

The student-run PILC board, along with volunteers, coordinates fundraising efforts throughout the academic year including the Annual Live Auction, Trivia Bowl and Party Book. Proceeds from these events go to the Public Interest Law Fund that supports students and graduates including the Summer Public Interest Law Grant Program.

Students, faculty and staff of Southwestern may view a list of current Student Organization contacts on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required). All others may contact the Student Affairs Office for additional information.

Public Interest Law Committee Summer Grant and Fellowships

Students and graduates interested in working in public service, which includes public interest law organizations and government agencies may apply for grant and fellowship opportunities. These programs provide work experiences in public service to help the community, and enhance the educational experience of its students while assisting people and public entities in need.

Public Interest Law Committee Awards for Graduating Students

Picture of Public Interest Law Service Award Winners for 2016.
2017 Public Interest Service Award Winners

Current students may find details and forms on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required).

The George and Katrina Woolverton Public Service Award is given annually to 1 (one) graduating student in recognition of demonstrated extraordinary dedication to public interest law activities while at Southwestern. The Woolverton Award is in the amount of $10,000.

The Woolverton Family Public Interest Award is given annually to 1 (one) graduating student in recognition of demonstrated exceptional dedication to public interest law activities while at Southwestern. The Woolverton Family Public Interest Award is in the amount of $5,000.

The Southwestern Public Interest Law Service Award is given annually to a graduating student (or students) other than the above Woolverton recipients in recognition of demonstrated significant dedication to public interest law activities while at Southwestern.

Public Interest Community and Recruitment Events

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The largest national recruitment event for public interest / public service career students.

Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

A unique opportunity that joins together faculty, staff, and practitioners from the Rocky Mountain/West Coast law schools to provide discussion and training opportunities for public interest and social justice-oriented law students.