The Public Interest Law Foundation is one of BC Law's largest student organizations. It provides public interest programming and funding for public interest work.


Organized in 1984 by students interested in promoting the placement of law students with public interest firms and agencies, the Public Interest Law Foundation at Boston College Law School has two main components: PILF Programming and PILF Stipends.

PILF Programming aims to promote public interest law-focused activities at BC Law.  It also looks to provide resources to students pursuing careers in public service.  PILF Stipends is responsible for coordinating the monumental fundraising effort that allows Boston College Law students to receive funding for otherwise uncompensated summer positions.  Each year, PILF hosts an auction, the proceeds of which allow the organization and matching funds from other generous supporters to provide grants to students who would not otherwise be able to afford to work in these traditionally low-salaried areas.

PILF also supports the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment Assistance and Forgiveness Program for graduates who pursue careers in public interest law.  Information on this program may be found here.

If you’d like information on how to make an online donation to PILF, please see our donations page.