The Pro Bono Challenge encourages every law student to volunteer at least 25 hours annually. Students who complete their required hours will receive a certificate of recognition at the end of their first and second years. Graduating students who have logged at least 75 pro bono hours will be recognized in the commencement brochure and will receive a certificate of completion signed by the dean. The graduate(s) who best demonstrates an “extraordinary commitment to pro bono service” will be honored with the annual Pro Bono Award.
- law-related and require the use of legal skills (examples of qualifying work include: client representation, legislative drafting, witness interviews, case investigation, legal policy and advocacy, or community legal education)
- supervised by a licensed attorney or Law School faculty member
- on behalf of a nonprofit organization, a legal services organization, a government agency (including both prosecutors and defenders) or a private law firm providing pro bono legal services
- not for academic credit or financial compensation
- completed while the student is enrolled at the Law School
Student volunteers complete an online work log at the end of the semester in which the work is completed. Attorney supervisors will be asked to approve hours submitted by student volunteers. All hours volunteered during a given academic year must be submitted by the last day of classes if the student wishes to receive a certificate of recognition.
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