Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL)

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Faculty Advisor

Jeff Baker



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!


Annual APIL Auction

This year APIL will be hosting its 15th Annual APIL Auction. The Annual Auction raises funds to support Pepperdine students participating in summer public interest internships.  The auction, held in the spring semester, consists of a live bidding auction in Pepperdine’s atrium as well as a silent auction at the Law School Dinner.  In order to be eligible for APIL funds raised from the auction, students must be APIL members and must help with the auction planning. 

Homeless Youth Rights Literacy Workshops

We partner with Public Counsel - the world’s largest public interest law firm - to provide arrest rights educational workshops for homeless youths in the Hollywood Business Improvement District. These youths are often victims of childhood abuse as part of the foster care system, and then they are harassed and arrested with excessive force by private security officers, in some instances resulting in serious injury. We provide these workshops to protect the youths from false arrest and to teach them how to seek legal redress when a false arrest has occurred. 

  • Teach youths about an exciting area of law– public and private arrest rights (Con Law & Torts)
  • You can do this even if you are a 1L! Undergraduates did it this past summer…
  • Conduct intake interviews after the workshops to help youths seek legal representation
  • Develop relationships with homeless youths, a needy and oppressed population that needs your help!