Selection Process


UPDATE 4/17/2014





The University of San Francisco (“USF”) School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation (“PILF”) Summer Grants provide funding to USF Law students who work in public interest or public sector jobs during the summer. The total number of grants and amount for each grant is based on the total amount raised by USF PILF through PILFs annual auction fundraiser, with funds matched by the law school, and through other fundraising efforts. For Summer 2014, twelve (12) grants will be awarded to students who meet the grant requirements and are chosen by the Selection Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

The grants are intended for students who are not otherwise getting paid for their work. Students who are receiving other grant funds, work study, or salary in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for their summer work are not eligible for a USF PILF grant. (Exception: students who receive an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps education awards voucher (or similar) if approximately one thousand dollars) (and no other summer funding) are eligible to apply.) Partial PILF grants cannot be offered. Additionally, applicants will not be considered if they are receiving academic credit for their summer employment. This includes all externships (civil, criminal, or judicial), as well as any law clinics for credit.

Applicants must be in good academic standing (at the time of application) with the USF School of Law to be eligible to apply for a USF PILF Summer Grant. In addition, PILF grant recipients (“Grantees”) must return to USF in the fall of 2014. Any Grantee who does NOT return to USF in the fall of 2014 will not be eligible to receive the second installment of the grant award which will be issued to Grantees in the fall.

Note: Grants will be deposited in installments through USF student accounts.

Eligible Employment

PILF strives to support students working with a diverse group of employers. PILF considers all non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, international agencies that operate as non-profits, and policy groups (with the exception of lobbying organizations) to be eligible public interest employers. Judicial externships do not qualify as eligible employment unless the externship is with a court’s pro se (i.e., self-help) department. Applicants must work full time (at least thirty-five (35) hours per week) for at least ten (10) weeks during the summer to receive funding.

Grantee Requirements

Grantees are required to represent the USF School of Law by attending the Public Interest Law Ceremony on April 23, 2014 (at which they will be honored) and PILF’s annual auction fundraiser (tentatively scheduled for November 15, 2014). Grantees are also expected to participate in the solicitation of auction items over the summer to raise money for future grants. Grantees will have guidance regarding item solicitations, but generally are expected to obtain a donation item/items valued at a minimum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or solicit donations for twenty-five (25) hours. Progress is expected to be demonstrated by meeting certain deadlines set by PILF throughout the summer and fall. Additionally, grantees must provide PILF with any additional details necessary to publicize their receipt of the grant for the Grantee of the Week promotion.

Selection Committee and Selection Process

The USF PILF Summer Grant Selection Committee is comprised of two USF PILF Student Board members, two former grant recipients, one representative from the Office of Career Planning, one alumna of the law school, one representative from OneJustice (or their designee) and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

The USF PILF Summer Grant Selection Committee will consider all timely submitted applications to select the 2014 PILF summer grant recipients. The committee will ensure that applicants have met all of the eligibility requirements set out above as well as evaluate the applicant’s personal statement, responses, resume, and completed application. This evaluation will be conducted using a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest score, and 5 being the highest) based on how well the applicant meets the criteria articulated on the “Personal Statement” page.

Unforeseen exceptional situations will be handled by the selection committee in accordance with the policies of PILF and the USF School of Law.

*NOTE: This information sheet is designed to give students notice of the basic PILF grant selection criteria in advance of the application process; however, the exact selection criteria are subject to change by PILF (although significant change is not anticipated). Please contact the PILF co-chairs at if you have any further questions.


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