Pro Bono Program

How to Assess a Law Firm's Commitment to Pro Bono

Are you seeking a law firm that takes pro bono seriously?  Are you hoping to work in a place where you will be encouraged or even expected to do pro bono? If so, the following questions are designed to help you assess which firms will be a good fit for you.

The best way to learn the truth about a firm's commitment to pro bono is from 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 program in its on-grounds hospitality suite or during your call-back interviews. In addition, by reviewing the firm's brochures and its online and printed materials you can see if pro bono is barely mentioned or if it is a highlight on the firm's website or in its annual report. If you are interested in a particular substantive area, such as immigration, ask if the firm does pro bono work in that area and also for some examples of recent cases the firm has taken on.

1. How is the 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?

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