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CPILO will grant students up to $3,000 for working a minimum of ten (10) forty (40) hour weeks. Students working less than 400 total hours can still receive grants but grants will be prorated based on hours worked.

Funding From Employers

If students are receiving partial funding from their employers, they can still receive CPILO money, but the total amount of money from the employer and CPILO may not exceed $4,000.

Outside Funding

Students are permitted to apply for funding from outside sources to create a total of up to $5,000.00. Outside funding includes grants and legal employment from entities outside of UNC. Students are required to notify the Director of Public Interest Advising as soon as they receive notice of outside funding (even if not exceeding $5,000). If a student receives outside funding exceeding $5,000, the student will be required to return all money in excess of $5,000 to the law school as soon as possible so the funds can be redistributed to other qualifying students.

Interest in CPILO summer grants always exceeds our available funds. Therefore, students seeking to supplement their unpaid summer experiences are strongly encouraged to apply to other funding sources beyond CPILO summer grants. For more information on outside funding opportunities, contact the Director of Public Interest Advising and visit

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