Pro Bono Requirement

As a requirement for obtaining their J.D. degree, students who begin their law studies in fall 2012 or thereafter must complete 20 hours of pro bono law-related service in the period between the end of the first semester of law school and the beginning of their last semester of law school.  Pro bono service must be both uncompensated and not for academic credit.  For purposes of this requirement, pro bono service is defined as the provision of law-related services to:

(1) persons of limited means, (2) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means, (3) individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, (4) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization's economic resources, (5) activities for improving access to the law, improving the legal system or improving the legal profession, and (6) educational activities for improving the public's understanding of the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.  All pro bono placements must be pre-approved by the Office of Career Services to receive credit toward this requirement.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is authorized to grant variances from the time limitations for completion of the pro bono requirement, but not the requirement itself, in cases of substantial hardship or exceptional merit.  Further details about the pro bono requirement are available at the Office of Career Services.

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