Pro Bono Program

Evaluating a Law Firm's Commitment to Pro Bono

Are you seeking a law firm that takes pro bono seriously?  Do you hope to work in a place where you will be encouraged or even expected to do pro bono?

The best way to learn about a firm's commitment to pro bono is by talking with other attorneys at the firm — both partners and associates. While you may not want to ask about pro bono during your on-grounds interview, you can find out more about the firm’s pro bono commitment in its on-grounds hospitality suite or during your call-back interviews. Ask for a copy of the firm’s written pro bono policy. If you never ask about pro bono you may find yourself working for a firm that is not a good match for you.

1. How is the firm's pro bono program structured?

2. How does the firm encourage pro bono work?

3. Is the firm a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge?

4. Where does the firm rank in the Am Law 100 or Am Law 200 pro bono charts and has it been recognized by any legal services providers for its pro bono contributions?

5. What does the firm say about their pro bono program on their website or in their annual report?

6. Does the firm offer summer associates the option to split their summer?

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