Why Do Pro Bono?

Why Do Pro Bono?

Close the Justice Gap

“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

Without the ability to hire an attorney, there is no access to justice. The American Bar Association (Model Rule 6.1) encourages all lawyers to render at least 50 hours of pro bono annually. A recent report on the “justice gap” released by the Legal Services Corporation found that 86% of the civil legal needs of low-income people were unmet. Due to limited government-funded legal services, pro bono is essential to closing the justice gap. 

Develop Legal Skills

  • gain practical experience and enhance your legal skills
  • immerse yourself in the real world of law practice
  • distinguish yourself in a competitive job market
  • develop a professional network
  • experience different practice areas
  • interact with clients
  • take a break from academics
  • create legal writing samples
  • make a difference in someone’s life
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Amber Strickland

Amber Strickland '17

"I came to law school to learn how to be a public interest lawyer, and pro bono work allowed me to move beyond academia to the real-world impact of the law."