Public Service


The mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The School of Law provides students with a variety of opportunities to serve the community through public service agencies, special events and projects and student organizations. Because we also promote public service careers, our wide selection of service-oriented programs provide those considering such a career with a considerable amount of exposure to the field.



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Throughout the year, the School of Law sponsors and participates in numerous public service events and projects. Below, you will find a listing of those events in which we participate most frequently. To determine specific event dates, please visit the Calendar of Events. In addition to these programs and projects, the University offers other opportunities through the Campus Ministry Program.

Light the Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma

Each September, the School of Law and the law library sponsor a team to walk in the Light the Night Walk, an event which pays tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Law students, faculty and staff raise funds and carry balloons in the walk. The funds raised from the walk go to support research and treatment and work toward a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and myeloma.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group, Omer Poos Law Library and the School of Law

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Law students and faculty provide free legal services to homeless veterans at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Several hundred veterans attend the event, which takes place on a Saturday in April, and receive a variety of free services, from haircuts to job counseling. Students and faculty primarily assist veterans with outstanding warrants on minor criminal matters. Along with the various judges, prosecutors and clerks in attendance, students are usually able to resolve veterans' cases that same day.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group, 1843 Scholars and the Legal Clinics

First Monday

Each year, the Public Interest Law Group marks the beginning of the new Supreme Court term with Public Interest Law Week, and First Monday is the first of that week's activities. Speakers from the local legal community discuss pertinent issues facing the Supreme Court and the American legal system in general.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group

Career Fair
Public Interest Law Week continues with the Career Fair, a chance for students to find out about job opportunities available in the public interest field and meet some dedicated attorneys who devote their careers to working in public interest. This fair is an excellent opportunity for students to find out more about the practice of public interest law and network for jobs either during the summer or post-graduation.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group

Ambulance Chase
The Chase is a 5K run/1 mile walk in St. Louis' scenic Tower Grove Park. Participants receive a t-shirt, refreshments and a chance at various prizes. Proceeds from the Ambulance Chase help support Public Interest Law Group activities throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Runners line up for the Public Interest Law Group's annual Ambulance Chase in October at Tower Grove Park. The event helps raise funds for summer fellowships for law students.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group



Make a Difference Day-Homeward Bound

On the last Saturday of October, law students, faculty and staff join together for a variety of special projects in the community. The primary event is the Homeward Bound Homeless Fair, sponsored by Saint Louis University and the Homeless Services Office of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. Approximately 300 homeless families attend the event and are provided with a range of free services. Law students provide legal assistance in the form of advice, counseling and referral services. All law students are invited to participate.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group, 1843 Scholars, and the Legal Clinics

Sweats for Vets

The Public Interest Law Group is accepting donations of new sweat suits to give to homeless veterans at a Thanksgiving dinner to be held in their honor. PILG will also accept cash donations so sweat suits can be purchased.

Law students eat an early Thanksgiving dinner with the guests of the annual Homeless Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner in November in St. Louis

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group

Angel Tree
Law students donate toys, clothing and money for disadvantaged children during the Christmas Holidays. Students collect the gifts, wrap them and deliver them to children at the St. Vincent's Home for Children in North St. Louis County.

Sponsors: Women Law Students' Association

Toy Drive
In conjunction with the Toys-For-Tots program, students collect toys for needy children for Christmas.

Sponsors: Black Law Students Association

Public Interest Fellowship Auction
The primary PILG fundraiser of the year, the Auction supplements the endowment established by benefactors Irvin and Maggie Dagen to supply funding for the Public Interest Fellowship program. The program provides stipends for Saint Louis University School of Law students who work in unpaid public interest positions during the summer. In 2003, 30 students benefitted financially from the fellowship program. The event itself consists of both silent and live auction items.

Through the Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA), law students serve as representatives in juvenile court for abused and neglected children in St. Louis. Students receive intensive training on the issues surrounding the welfare of the children they represent, and conduct investigations of each child's individual circumstances.

Training For CASA Volunteers
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children in St. Louis Juvenile Court. For more information call (314)-552-2429 or go to

Sponsors: CASA and the Public Interest Law Group

Blood Drives
Red Cross blood drives are held at the School of Law at various times during the school year.

Sponsors: Black Law Students Association, Student Bar Association, Health Law Association

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Law students serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to disadvantaged youth throughout the St. Louis area. The local chapter of the national organization provides training for student volunteers, who then spend a few hours a month with their little brother or sister. Students help with homework, play games or just take the time to listen to their younger friends. Quite often, students are paired with students at Loyola Academy, a private middle school for disadvantaged boys, which is within walking distance of the School of Law.

Sponsors: Phi Alpha Delta and the Public Interest Law Group

Tax Assistance Project
Every January through March, law students work in partnership with local attorneys and accountants to provide free tax return preparation for low-income families. Local accountants provide training through an I.R.S.-endorsed volunteer program. Students then work two or three Saturdays at local community centers preparing returns for the families. The primary goal is to maximize each family's use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Each year, students help families collect close to one million dollars in credits and refunds.

Sponsors: Public Interest Law Group, 1843 Scholars, and the School of Law Dean's Office

Campus Kitchen
Law students, faculty and staff volunteer to prepare meals for the elderly and homebound at the kitchen facilities located on campus. The meals are then delivered, by students, to program participants. In addition, individual campus organizations such as the Black Law Students Association have donated food to the Campus Kitchen and helped to prepare meals.

Sponsors: Saint Louis University

Dress for Success
Students work each spring, in connection with the Dress for Success Program, to collect female business attire and present it to women entering the work force.

Sponsors: Women Law Students' Association

Missouri River Clean-Up
Students help to remove large amounts of trash along the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles.

Sponsors: Environmental Law Society

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