Pro Bono Honors

Recognition Levels

Students contributing 50 hours (25 of which is law related), will receive:

  • Certificate signed by the Dean honoring your Pro Bono commitment
  • Recognition during the Honors Reception

Students contributing 125 hours (75 of which is law related), will receive:

  • Certificate signed by the Dean honoring your Pro Bono commitment
  • Recognition during the Honors Reception
  • Recognition at Graduation (in the Commencement Program)
  • An honor cord to wear during the commencement ceremony
  • Transcript notation as a Pro Bono Honors student 

What Qualifies for Pro Bono Hours?

Legal work: To qualify as legal work, the student must perform work that meets all of the following standards:

  1. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney
  2. Legal or law-related in nature
  3. Without compensation
  4. No academic credit awarded
  5. Directly or indirectly addresses the legal needs of low-income clients, traditionally underrepresented  population, groups or organizations

 
Non-legal work: To qualify as non-legal work, the student must perform work that meets all of the following standards:

  1. Work done for a public interest organization
  2. Without compensation
  3. No academic credit awarded
  4. Directly or indirectly addresses the needs of low-income individuals, groups, or organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pro Bono

  1. Can I count the hours that I spend training as pro bono hours? If you are required to complete training as part of your volunteer opportunity whether it is legal or non-legal, you can count the hours that you are being trained.  
  2. Can I obtain credit for working at a law firm if I do not receive school credit or compensation? No. You can only receive credit if the private attorney is working  on a pro bono case and you are assisting the attorney with that case.
  3. How can I  track  how many hours I have completed? You should log on to Symplicity. This is where you can find a listing of all hours completed.
  4. Does the work I perform as a TA or RA count as pro bono work? No, this type of work does not qualify.