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

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

This seminar will explore the history of pro bono at law firms, how law firms partner with public interest organizations on impact litigation and policy reform, how law firms measure social impact, 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 programming, and how 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, students will have the opportunity to learn about how law firm pro bono programs are structured, managed, and funded. They will also have the opportunity to read several high-profile pro bono cases involving law firms and hear from guest speakers who manage pro bono programs for law firms in the United States and abroad.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be expected to submit a final paper via EXPO no later than noon two weeks after the last class session.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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