APIL, The Rutgers Association for Public Interest Law

What is Public Interest Law?
Founded in 1991 through student initiative, APIL is the Rutgers Chapter of Equal Justice Works, formerly known as NAPIL, the National Association for Public Interest Law, headquartered in Washington, DC.
APIL's mission is threefold:

  • First, APIL seeks to raise awareness about the legal needs of the under served in our society and the role which the public interest lawyer plays in meeting those needs.
  • Second, APIL acts as a clearinghouse for volunteer, summer and permanent public interest law opportunities for students which are sponsored by NAPIL and other organizations. You should subscribe and post to the Public Interest list serve based at Rutgers and the NAPIL list serve sponsored by the umbrella organization.
  • Finally, APIL solicits funds to support the Public Interest Law Scholarship fund.The Scholarship Fund awards stipends  to students who want to take summer public interest law positions and would not be paid  in those positions. Since the Fund's inception, APIL has awarded over $100,000 to students who have worked in such organizations as Community Legal Services, AIDS Law Project, Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Domestic Violence Unit/Gloucester County and the Child Advocate Office/Camden County.

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Contact info for the program should be on the linked sites. Additional Fellowships can be found in hard copy form in the Career Services Office.

Legal Service Providers (LSPs) that Need Our Help in the Local Communities

Camden, NJ

  • Camden Center for Law and Social Justice
            509 State Street, Camden, NJ 08102
            ph: (856) 966-8896; fax:(856) 541-8826
  • South Jersey Legal Services
            745 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08101
            ph: (856) 964-2010 or 1-800-496-4570;  Fax: (609) 338-9227
  • Community Health Law Project
            Stationhouse Office Building
            900 Haddon Ave. Ste 400
            Collingswood, NJ 08108
            ph: (856) 858-9500

Other New Jersey

Philadelphia, PA

Washington, DC

National Organizations

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