About the PIP Grant

Every year, BU School of Law’s Public Interest Project (PIP) provide grants to first and second-year JD students who accept unpaid summer internships with non-profit, public interest, or government organizations. To qualify for a grant, students must demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and secure an unpaid legal position in public service. Past placements have included Greater Boston Legal Services, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Immigration Legal Resource Center, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), state Attorneys General, US Attorney’s Offices, and District Attorney’s Offices and Public Defender Offices nationwide.

Quick Facts

$5,000

Average PIP Grant Award

68

Awarded for Summer 2018

27,000+

Average # of Hours of Legal Work PIP Grantees Provide Each Summer

Highlights from PIP Grant Recipients

“The PIP grant allowed me to pursue a public interest internship without feeling financial stress” – Genesis Guzman (Class of 2019)

“I’m extremely grateful for the work PIP and its donors do for law students interested in public interest work. It allowed me to deepen my knowledge of the criminal justice system by working in one of its most maligned components: correctional facilities.” – Michael Onah (Class of 2018)

“I am very passionate about helping veterans and thanks to PIP, I was able to explore this interest this past summer.” – Nicole Mendez (Class of 2019)

“PIP has allowed me to take a 2L summer internship with the Suffolk DA’s Office, where I hope to work with children and survivors of domestic violence.” – Kelly Christensen (Class of 2019)

“I am so grateful that PIP is helping to fund my summer as a certified legal intern at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office because I cannot imagine being exposed to a better 2L training program to help me further my career as a criminal prosecutor.” – Kristen Druse (Class of 2019)

“I believe public interest work is some of the most rewarding work an attorney can take on, and the grant allowed me to support myself while doing meaningful work.” – Joseph Duquette (Class of 2019)

“PIP allowed me to do the work that I love and am passionate about without being concerned about the cost.” – Jacqueline Tosto (Class of 2019)