The funds PILF raises each year are used to support Moritz students who take low-paying or volunteer summer positions in the public interest field. Fellowship Awards range from $1,600 to $3,500 and help students accept unpaid positions. These fellowships are designed to encourage our classmates to seek out rewarding positions that serve the underrepresented and underprivileged populations that are least likely to have access to legal services.
With the support of the Moritz and the Columbus legal community, in the Summer of 2013, PILF funded 25 Summer Fellows. Students are working for Organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, the Ohio Poverty Law Center, and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. The fellows’ accomplishments are important to local and national goals of equal justice.
Given the high interest of Moritz students in taking summer public interest positions, the application process continues to be competitive each year. Therefore it is important for students interested in seeking PILF Fellowships to be aware of the criteria and the selective nature of the process, and that there are alternative funding sources available.