Available for Students Who Choose to Engage in Public Interest Work over the Summer
What People are Saying About the Grant:
Full Grant: $5000 for a minimum of 320 hours
Half Grant: $2500 for a minimum of 160 hours
How Does It Work: A Boyd School of Law 1L, 2L, or 3L part-time student obtains a public interest position (internship/volunteer) for the summer. If they fulfill the other eligibility requirements, then PILA may award the PILA Grant as a stipend award.
Eligible Public Interest Positions: Work at Non-Profit or Government agencies representing underserved or indigent populations; Legal in nature and under the supervision of an attorney.
Types of organizations people have worked for in the past include:
- Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
- Nevada Legal Services
- Nevada Attorney General's Office
- US Department of the Interior-- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Clark County Public Defender's Office
- Clark County District Attorney's Office
- Southern Nevada Senior Law Program
NOT eligible: Any work for a partisan group or a group closely associated with a candidate or contending faction in an election for public party office; work where the political affiliation/support/or affinity of the student is a prerequisite for employment; work for a judge (including ALJs); work to be performed for an elected official other than as part of the regular administration of federal, state or local government; work for a for-profit law firm; work for academic credit.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Must be in Good Standing & Not have Graduated Prior to Completing Work at the Funded Position; Must have donated at least 6 hours of Service to PILA, obtained 2 auction items for the annual PILA Auction, and be a paid PILA Member; Must fill out application, available in March
The PILA Grant Committee will review all applications (the primary method of choosing the recipients, as long as all other requirements are satisfied) and decide on funding allocation by April.
**This award does not represent employment with UNLV.**