Pro Bono Honors Program
What to Expect
Step 1. Pledge.
Pledge online to complete 50 pro bono hours during law school.
Step 2. Do.
Complete 50 Pro Bono hours at an approved site during law school.
Step 3. Report.
Log your hours online.
Step 4. Celebrate.
Enjoy a champagne reception, recognition on your transcript and at commencement, and knowing you made a difference!
The following are some of our most frequently asked questions.
If you have additional questions that are not answered here, please contact our Pro Bono Coordinator, Ashley Messick.
You can start any time you are ready! In most cases, little to no prior law knowledge is necessary to begin. If training are required for a specific opportunity, you will be made aware of that ahead of time. Note: In your first semester of law school, you may not complete more than 10 hours of pro bono work.
We recommend that you wear business (suit) or business causal attire.
We trust that you will be honest with your reporting; however, we will be randomly checking hours by contacting your employer to verify your hours.
You must have all your pro bono hours entered on Symplicity by the last day of classes of your final semester before graduating. Any hours that you complete past that deadline will not be considered in your overall total.
We approve sites that give legal advice or resolve a legal problem through litigation, legislation, regulation, or alternative dispute resolution, but only to the extent consistent with the ethical constraints on the authorized practice of law. The work may involve legal services for persons of limited means or participation in projects for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.
Maybe. You would need to contact Ashley Messick, the Pro Bono Coordinator, who will determine if that site would be approved for pro bono credit purposes. Email her HERE.
Yes, as long as your supervising attorney accepted the case on a pro bono basis and you are not compensated for the work in any way.
Yes, the supervision of a licensed attorney is necessary to protect against the unauthorized practice of law.
No. For example, if you complete the popular VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) training and/or take the certification test, but end up not doing any volunteering for any VITA clinics, then you may not count those training hours for pro bono credit.
No, work for a political candidate does not meet Capital’s criteria for pro bono work.
If you volunteered for the competition and served as a bailiff, judge or witness, then yes. Otherwise, it will not count.