Why Do Pro Bono?

Why Do Pro Bono?

Serve Those in Need

“It is the daily; it is the small; it is the cumulative injuries of the little people that we are here to protect. If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.”

—Chief Judge Learned Hand, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

Turn your values into action! Without the financial ability to hire an attorney, there is no access to justice. A recent report on the “justice gap” released by the Legal Services Corporation found that almost 90% of the civil legal needs of low-income people were unmet. Due to limited government-funded legal services, pro bono is an essential part of closing the justice gap.

Develop Legal Skills

Gain real world experience with direct client service, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community empowerment and public service and stand out in a competitive job market. Create a dynamic writing sample to send to potential employers.

Create a Professional Network

Work under the supervision of expert attorneys and develop critical relationships for career advancement, recommendations and mentoring. Engage in a new area of legal practice and lay the groundwork for future professional growth. Demonstrate your commitment to public service.

Engage in Meaningful Work

Enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from making a real difference in someone’s life and experience one of your most rewarding times in law school. (More) Take a break from academics and be inspired by helping someone who is struggling with a real world legal problem.

Corey Parker

Corey Parker '20

"As a bonus, I ended up with a summer internship at Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defender’s Office as a result of the relationships I built through winter pro bono."