PILP is a student-run organization at Lewis & Clark Law School that was founded in 1990. Since its inception,
the organization has helped 260 students finance legal public interest
work at no cost to their employers – a total of more than 100,000 hours
of legal work by PILP stipend recipients. PILP
also has a broad reach. While about half of the PILP stipend recipients
over the past 22 years have worked for host organizations right here in
Oregon, they also work all over the country, and around the world. PILP
has given stipends to students working as far away as The Hague and
Yap, Micronesia. In its history, PILP has raised $1,143,073 and given
out $916,156 in summer stipends.
year, the 2013 PILP auction raised a record-setting amount, nearly $80,000, granting summer stipends to eighteen students so they could accept internships with public interest
legal organizations. Past organizations that have received stipend recipients include, among others: Youth,
Rights & Justice; Legal Aid Services of Oregon; St. Andrew Legal
Clinic; Federal Public Defenders; Southern Environmental Law Center; and
Columbia Riverkeeper. The stipend recipients gained valuable experience
working with clients and attorneys.
year, PILP has seen a constant increase in stipend applications. In today’s difficult
legal market, experience and connections are vitally important to
successful employment after graduation. The summer positions supported
by PILP stipends provide students an opportunity to gain this useful
experience while doing meaningful and necessary work. A 2000 study by
the Oregon State Bar approximated that 250,000 Oregonians each year need
a lawyer but cannot afford one.
one hour of labor from a PILP stipend recipient last year cost an
average of just over $10. One day of student work costs just over $80.
One week costs just over $400. Contrast this with the 2007 average
attorney’s billing rate of $244. Providing more students funding to get
experience while doing valuable legal work for the community is an
attainable goal with support from the community towards the annual PILP