This fund helps support students who work in the public interest each summer during law school.
Commonly referred to as BPILP, the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program encourages law students to use their talents to bring equal access to those in need of legal help.
Specifically, the fund provides competitive fellowships to law students who spend their summers working in the public interest sector, and hosts networking events for students to meet public-interest employers from neighboring communities.
The public interest and not-for-profit agencies where our fellows work are often understaffed and need additional assistance, but are unable to pay students. BPILP fellowships bridge the financial gap, and allow students to work in the public interest and be paid to do so.
BPILP has provided valuable placement opportunities in areas of law including domestic violence, human rights, child welfare, housing, disability, homelessness, the elderly and unemployment.
All of these activities are done with BPILP’s motto in mind: “There Is No Justice Without Equal Access.”
The program was founded at the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1979.