The Pro Bono Challenge

The Pro Bono Challenge

The Pro Bono Challenge is the Law School’s voluntary pro bono program.  Students who complete the Pro Bono Challenge by logging 75 hours of pro bono (25 hours for LL.M. students) will be recognized at commencement and with a Dean-signed certificate. The graduate(s) who best demonstrate(s) an “extraordinary commitment to pro bono service” will be honored with the annual Pro Bono Award. In addition, students who log at least 25 hours in their first year and at least 50 in their second year will be recognized. Pro bono is a valuable addition to your resume!

To qualify for the Pro Bono Challenge, work must be:

  • law-related/non-clerical;
  • supervised by a licensed attorney or faculty member;
  • provided to a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3) or (4)), legal services agency, prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, governmental agency, or a private law firm engaged in pro bono;
  • uncompensated (financially or by academic credit);
  • completed while the student is enrolled at the Law School

Hours for the Pro Bono Challenge must be entered in GoodWorks and approved by the project supervisor.

Work that qualifies for the Pro Bono Challenge may not qualify for the New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement.

Getting Started

  • Check GoodWorks for new projects.
  • Watch for pro bono emails and updates.
  • Log your pro bono hours in GoodWorks.
  • Complete the Pro Bono Challenge

Pro Bono Program Fast Facts, 2017-18

  • 340 students logged pro bono hours
  • 15,244 pro bono hours logged
  • 100 Class of 2018 graduates completed the Pro Bono Challenge
  • 147 students participated on a winter break project, volunteering over 6,600 hours at 109 organizations across the country.
  • 46 students participated in the 2018 Alternative Spring Break program with 11 different organizations


Andrew Ognibene '18

"Over the past two years, I’ve done civil rights work, issue advocacy, Supreme Court litigation, wills and probate work, and community economic development, and that just scratches the surface of what's possible here."