Law students start organizations, run pro bono service projects and lead charitable efforts that not only benefit the community, but also build experience.
Students in groups such as the Volunteer Tax Income Association often put their legal skills to work outside of the classroom. VITA members help low-income and elderly residents of Charlottesville complete their income tax returns on Saturday mornings during tax season. Students receive training on how to provide assistance and are encouraged to come as often as their schedules allow.
Students in the Rape Crisis Advocacy Project support survivors of rape and sexual assault through advocacy, legal research and education. Volunteers also contribute to ongoing legal research on current issues in sexual assault while earning pro bono hours.
Numerous student groups have undertaken such efforts.
- Law Students Aid Migrant Workers Who Bring in Central Virginia's Harvest
- Law Students' 'Solar Still' Wins Entrepreneurship Contest, Aims to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Developing Countries
- Students Help Community Members with Taxes
- Law Hoos for Haiti Aims to Help in Wake of Disaster
- PILA Pilots Alternative Spring Break Program in N.C., KY
- Students, Attorneys Launch Pro Bono Project to Help Disabled Veterans
- Law Students Help Rape and Assault Victims