Pepperdine Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) is a student organization dedicated to fostering service activity and inspiring interest in the field of public interest law in the Pepperdine Law community. In pursuit of this mission, APIL empowers students to engage service opportunities, educates students about the field of public interest law, and provides funding for students to pursue summer clerkships in non-profit law firms and Public Defenders’ offices.

Contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

President - Rachel Robinson

Fall Vice President - Joseph Spano

Spring Vice President - Tina Segura

Treasurer - Nicole Banister

Secretary - Amanda Sanchez

Apply for APIL Funding 

Each year, APIL awards fellowships to deserving student engaged in public interest work over the summer. To be eligible for a summer fellowship, a student must secure an unpaid position in a public interest or non-profit organization in which the student will work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and will engage primarily in legal work. Placements in domestic governmental or judicial offices do not qualify for summer fellowship unless the agency is providing direct legal services to indigent people or underserved communities. International governmental or judicial offices in developing nations do qualify for summer fellowships. Students may not receive both a summer fellowship and academic credit simultaneously for work at the same place.
Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office and are due March 17, 2014.

APIL Upcoming Events

Pepperdine APIL currently has three student-run projects:

Annual Fundraising Auction

This year APIL will be hosting its 10th Annual Fundraising Auction. The Annual Auction raises funds to support Pepperdine students participating in summer public interest internships. The auction, held on February 25, 2014, consists of a live bidding auction in Pepperdine's atrium as well as an online silent auction, which will take place from February 25 – March 7, 2014.
To access the online auction and bid on everything from signed art to tropical vacations, go to:

Project Espresso

APIL has installed an espresso machine in the library in order to help raise funds for summer internships at public interest organizations. Student volunteers simply watch over the machine, keep it stocked, and ensure that people make donations before taking the espresso. The machine runs on tasty vacuum-sealed espresso capsules (over 40 gourmet varieties), so there's no mess and it's easy to run. Proceeds help pay for summer public interest fellowships.

Malibu Labor Exchange

We are hosting legal workshops (both student and attorney led) and preparing to begin a regular clinic in partnership with the Labor Exchange and possibly Pepperdine's Asylum Clinic or Pepperdine's Union Rescue Legal Aid Clinic. We address basic poverty law issues, immigration, deferred action, employment, and human rights issues.

Arrest Rights Workshops

APIL also is hosting Arrest Rights Workshops to help provide under-served communities the essential information that they will need in the event of an arrest. These workshops give people the right to know their rights.