UCI Law Community Raises Record Funding for Public Interest Stipends


IRVINE, Calif.—Thanks to the generosity and hard work of UC Irvine School of Law students, faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters, all eligible students who secure public interest and government work this summer will receive a substantial stipend.

The combined fundraising efforts of the Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) event in March and the Donate A Day's Pay program was supplemented with a large contribution by the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, allowing for stipends of $3,000 per eligible student.

The entire UCI Law community has helped develop a culture of giving to support students’ summer public interest work. UCI PILF has led the fund-raising efforts to enable students to assist those with the greatest need in our community and address gaps in our justice system.

Because public-interest organizations rely on volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono assistance, the PILF summer stipends allow UCI Law students to cover basic living costs while they are working without pay. UCI Law is one of just a handful of law schools that provides PILF funding to every qualified student, and has offered this funding for all five years of the law school’s existence. Since 2010, more than $500,000 has been distributed to UCI Law students for summer stipends, allowing students to volunteer well over 60,000 hours to assist underserved communities.

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