The Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. This selective program attracts a diverse group of talented, motivated attorneys who have graduated law school within the last ten years and demonstrated a commitment to pro bono and public service. After completing the 10-month program, graduates enter a growing network of over 200 accomplished alumni who provide mentoring and support to their successors.

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to launch the 2020-2021 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) in a virtual format. The virtual program has been designed to provide intensive leadership and professional development training across key areas including effective organizational leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, pro bono engagement, and board service. This unique program will serve as a platform for the next generation of Boston lawyers to learn from and connect with leaders in Boston’s legal, business and public service sectors and gain the critical skills to grow as an effective advocate and voice in the community. 

Rising leaders from law firms, in-house legal departments, affinity bars, government agencies, and non-profits are encouraged to apply to this 10- month program. Organizations are also invited to nominate a promising public interest-minded candidate to participate.

The PILP Class will conduct five training modules in the following areas:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Board Service
  • Pro Bono
  • Effective Organizational Leadership
  • Personal Branding & Community Engagement

Applicant Information:

The BBA seeks applicants within their first ten years of practice who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership that furthers the Boston legal community. Applicants must complete the online application form by November 20th and be sponsored by their employer or an affinity bar. Applications should be returned to The application requires a personal statement, a letter of recommendation from your sponsor whether that is an affinity bar or employer, as well as a letter of commitment from your employer. Those who have already applied to the PILP class of 2020-21 do not need to re-apply. If you have any questions about the application, or if your organization would like to nominate an attorney, please contact Ariana Gebauer, Public Service Programs Manager, at

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The Boston Bar Foundation

The Leadership Development Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation provides critical support for the Public Interest Leadership Program. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please contact Erica Southerland at or (617) 778-1930.