Advancing the Commitment to Public Service Through Law Firm Pro Bono (SC)

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 1
Days* Date Time Room
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • F
  • S
  • 02/20/2023
  • 02/21/2023
  • 02/22/2023
  • 02/23/2023
  • 02/24/2023
  • 02/25/2023
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 0900-1100
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This seminar will explore the history of pro bono at law firms, how law firms partner with public interest organizations on pro bono cases, including cases involving impact litigation and policy reform, how law firms measure the impact of their pro bono programs, and the relationship between pro bono and other aspects of law firm practice and culture. The seminar will also examine why lawyers do pro bono, how lawyers and law firms benefit from pro bono programs, and how law firm pro bono professionals use their skills to recruit, retain, and enhance morale through pro bono service. Through selected readings on best practices for administering pro bono programs, and by hearing from selected experts on the topic, students will have the opportunity to learn about how law firm pro bono programs are structured, managed, and funded, and how they can positively impact underserved individuals and communities as pro bono attorneys who practice at large law firms.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be expected to submit a final paper via EXPO no later than noon on March 11.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, February 18, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Monday, February 27, 11:59 PM