WHAT WE DO
This is a law school-sponsored voluntary program. We help students find opportunities to give back to the community and share the legal skills they are developing. We encourage students to identify an ever expanding number of legal service opportunities or to use our list of pre-approved orginizations. We support student organizations in focusing their service activities on law related projects.

Once a student has contributed 50 service hours to this program, we celebrate that service in a variety of ways: notation on the individual student’s transcript, a certificate, and recognition at the annual student awards ceremony.

WHY WE SELECTED THIS PROGRAM
This co-curricular program encourages, supports, and celebrates the professional value of ensuring access to justice. It complements our academic externship program and our clinical programs, while also providing a vehicle for service to students who may not be able to dedicate an entire semester to a clinic.

WHO'S INVOLVED
Administrators

   
Catherine Burnett
Vice President, Associate Dean,
Director of Clinical Programs,
and Professor of Law
Gladys Radetti
Coordinator
 

ORGANIZATIONS / PARTNERS
Virtually all of the non-profit service agencies in our externship program also host student pro bono volunteers. The same is true for our clinical programs. However, students can go even further -- and often contribute their hours in partnership with a professor or legal employer involved in a pro bono case or project.

FUTURE PLANS

  • Specialized service opportunities during Spring Break.

  • "Boot camp” service opportunities through the law school’s clinics, beginning at the start of spring or fall semesters, and continuing for six weeks.

Faculty Project Leaders

 
Matthew Festa
Professor of Law
Liz Dennis
Assistant Dean,
Associate Director of
Academic Internships,
and Professor of Law
Mark Steiner
Professor of Law
SIGNIFICANT ACHEIVEMENTS
  • 22 individual contributing public interest faculty members.

  • 50+ individually involved students volunteering 50 or more hours of service.

  • 25% of Civil Practice Clinic students providing service hours over and above their course requirements.

  • 36+ student organizations encouraged and supported in pro bono outreach and service.