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Fellowships allow law students to serve public interest

May 14, 2013

Fifteen students will get hands-on experience with the practice of public interest law this summer, with the support of the 2013 Public Interest Law Fellowships (PILF). Wayne State University Law School created the fellowships in 2009 to help students gain experience before graduation, and to help the nonprofit and government organizations where the students lend their efforts. PILF funds will be distributed as stipends to help students with their summer living expenses. Assistant Professor Brandon Hofmeister directs the PILF program, which offers crucial work experience and networking opportunities for law students, as well as serving public interest, he said. "Wayne State University Law School is a public, urban law school and is committed to broadly serving the public interest," Hofmeister said. "The PILF program helps our outstanding students to give voice and legal expertise to people and causes that are often underserved by the legal community."