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Pro Bono Opportunities: Information for Practitioners


Capital University Law School takes pride in recognizing law graduates who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to pro bono work. The Pro Bono Legal Honors Program honors those who have successfully completed at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work throughout law school at approved sites under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This program is an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful pro bono service, providing legal assistance to individuals of limited means or participating in projects that aim to improve the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.


At Capital Law School, we are dedicated to nurturing legal professionals who not only excel in their careers but also actively contribute to making a meaningful impact through pro bono work. We invite attorney graduates like you to join us in this fulfilling journey. There are several ways for licensed attorneys to get involved:

Mentorship Opportunities

As an attorney graduate, your knowledge and experience can shape the next generation of legal advocates. Hosting a pro bono student clerk at your government agency, legal-related non-profit, or legal services entity allows you to guide and inspire law students in their pro bono endeavors. By mentoring students engaged in pro bono work, you can share insights, provide practical advice, and help them develop the skills necessary to become exceptional advocates for justice.

Engage in Pro Bono Work

We firmly believe that pro bono work is not only a moral imperative but also an essential component of professional growth. At Capital Law School, we encourage our attorney graduates to actively engage in pro bono initiatives actively, leveraging their legal expertise to address critical legal needs in underserved communities. You can participate in various activities such as:

  • Volunteering for two hours at a brief advice and counsel clinic for indigent clients, held once a month on weekday evenings throughout Columbus. Law students will assist you with intake and interviewing of clients.
  • Working as a supervising attorney to an in-house program at the law school, such as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), where students assist clients and need general supervision by licensed attorneys.
  • Serving as a judge for moot court or mock trial competitions available at the high school, college, and law school levels. Students can also serve as bailiffs for the competition.

Leverage Student Involvement

Capital Law School offers a unique opportunity for attorney graduates to collaborate with our talented pool of law students in pro bono projects. If you have a potential pro bono project that would benefit from the involvement of passionate and dedicated students, we invite you to reach out to Ashley Messick, our Pro Bono Coordinator. By harnessing the collective power of attorney graduates and students, we can amplify the impact of our pro bono efforts and extend legal services to those who need them most.


At Capital Law School, we firmly believe that the law has the power to bring about positive change. By embracing pro bono work, attorney graduates like you can become catalysts for justice, empowering communities and individuals who face barriers to accessing legal representation. Together, we can create a more equitable and just society.

To explore mentorship opportunities, engage in pro bono work, or discuss potential pro bono projects that could benefit from student involvement, please contact Ashley Messick, our Pro Bono Coordinator, at (614-236-6394). We look forward to collaborating with you to make a lasting impact through pro bono service.

The Capital University Law School Pro Bono Legal Honors Program cannot provide direct legal advice or services to members of the public. Law students performing pro bono service must be supervised by a licensed attorney. For assistance in obtaining legal representation, please consider the following resources: