Pro Bono Program

New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement

As of January 2013, all candidates who seek admission to the New York state bar on or after January 1, 2015, must complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work before applying for admission to the bar. Admission on motion candidates are exempt. Opportunities to satisfy this requirement while in law school can include (1) working on qualifying pro bono projects arranged through the Law School’s Pro Bono Office and/or (2) providing qualifying legal assistance through several of the Law School’s clinical courses.  It is your responsibility to determine whether your service activities will qualify as “pro bono service” as defined by the New York State Board of Law Examiners.  More information on the requirement is available from the New York State Board of Law Examiners

New York State Bar Admission: Pro Bono Requirement – FAQs