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ABA Rural Pro Bono Delivery Initiative
Sponsor:  ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer's Public Service Responsibility

Exploring and promoting innovative technologies to improve how pro bono legal services are delivered to impoverished rural citizens.

Albany County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program
Sponsor:  Albany County Bar Association, New York

Employers commit to hiring students of color during an academic year and are encouraged to extend employment.
For more information:
Barbara Davis
518-445-7511 (fax)

American University Washington College of Law Public Interest

The Office of Public Interest (OPI), seeks to educate law students about their professional responsibility to perform public service work as practicing attorneys, fostering a lifelong commitment to public service.
For more information:
Charlene Gomes
Public Interest Coordinator

Arizona Bar Association: Peer Review and Diversion Programs
Sponsor:  Arizona Bar Association

The Task Force on Professionalism was appointed by Former State Bar President Pam Treadwell-Rubin and consists of judges, lawyers and lay persons from throughout the state. The Task Force has been meeting regularly as a group and in various subcommittees since November, 2003.
The Task Force divided its mission into three parts. The first was to establish a working definition of "professionalism." The second was to address the causes of unprofessional behavior. The third was to make practical recommendations designed to promote professional behavior and decrease unprofessional behavior among the lawyers practicing in Arizona.

Arizona: Mandatory Professionalism Course
Sponsor:  Arizona Bar Association

Pursuant to Rule 34(h), all new Arizona lawyers are required to take the Mandatory Professionalism Course on the principles of professionalism approved or licensed by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona for this purpose within one year of being admitted.

Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program

This non-disciplinary program serves attorneys and judges struggling with stress, distress, despair, depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction problems by providing education and guidance concerning substance abuse; referring impaired attorneys and judges to appropriate substance abuse and/or mental health treatment providers; and providing emotional support to impaired attorneys and judges.
Undertaken by: Supreme Court of Hawaii
Status: Effective as of July 7, 2007
For more information: 808-531-2880

Boston College School of Law Public Interest

BC Law supports a wide array of educational, pro-bono and student activities designed to create opportunities for students to use their legal skills to serve those less fortunate than themselves.
For more information:
Freda Fishman
Associate Director for Public Interest Programs

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Public Interest/ Pro Bono
For more information:

Ms. Debbi Myers
CSO Public Interest/Pro Bono Coordinator

Professor James Backman
Public Interest/Pro Bono Faculty Advisor

Professor Steven E. Averett
Associate Law Librarian and Assistant Director of Externships

Professor Susan Griffith
Assistant Director, Externships

California Western School of Law Pro Bono Program

The Program provides law students the opportunity to gain valuable legal experience while simultaneously helping to address the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged or underrepresented individuals and interests and/or the non-profit organizations that serve those individuals and interests.
For more information:
Jill T. Blatchley, Esq.
Career Advisor, Career Services

Capital University Law School Pro Bono Validation Program

The Pro Bono Validation Program seeks to encourage public service by law students by recognizing their successful completion of 50 hours of pro bono work with an approved legal services placement. Students receive a certificate of completion, the designation "Pro Bono Honoree" on their transcript, and recognition during the Honors Convocation.
For more information:
Mary Ann Willis
Assistant Dean for Career Services
614-236-7234 (fax)

Case Western
Sponsor:  Case Western Reserve University School of Law

An Innovative Lawyering Skills Program
The CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program merges the teaching of legal theory and policy, legal doctrine and lawyering skills in a unique and exciting way, combining traditional classroom methods with experiential learning.

Center for Law and Social Responsibility
Sponsor:  New England School of Law

The CLSR serves as New England School of Law's implementation of Massachusetts Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, a rule encouraging lawyers to engage in
For more information:
Russell Engler
Professor & Clinic Director

Chapman University School of Law Externship Program

Student externs work for judges, government agencies and public interest organizations, receiving valuable instruction to supplement what they learn in the classroom.
For more information:
Carolyn R. Young
Director of Externship Program and
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
714-628-2652 (fax)

City University of New York Law at Queens College Clinics & Programs
For more information:

Sam Sue
Director of Career Planning

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Pro Bono Program

Students work with the Legal Aid Society to assist clients at free legal advice clinics, they help establish juvenile diversion programs at a number of suburban courts, and they serve as coaches and advisors to high school students for the Cleveland Public Schools Mock Trial Competition.
For more information:
Pamela Daiker-Middaugh
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Pro Bono Program

Colorado Mandatory Professionalism Course
Sponsor:  Continuing Legal Education Colorado State Bar

Colorado requires all newly admitted lawyers to take a course on professionalism.
For more information:
Continuing Legal Education in Colorado
Phone: 1-303-860-0608

Columbia School of Law Center for Public Interest Law

In 1993, Columbia Law School took a bold step in deepening its commitment to public service by opening the Center for Public Interest Law. The Center was created and directed by Ellen Chapnick until 2003, when she became the Law School's Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. The Center is now directed by Harlene Katzman, a former civil rights lawyer, and staffed by a powerful team of lawyers and activists with diverse backgrounds and interests.
For more information:
Harlene Katzman
Dean of the Center for Public Interest Law

Adrienne FitzGerald
Associate Director - Pro Bono Program

Cornell Law School Public Service
For more information:

Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service
607-255-9844 (fax)

CUNY School of Law Clinics and Programs

For over a decade, the clinical programs at CUNY School of Law have been nationally recognized as the very best in legal education. CUNY School of Law faculty members have been honored for their leadership and contributions to the field of clinical legal education. In addition to publishing influential ground-breaking work, they are regular planners and presenters at national conferences.

Drake University School of Law Public Interest Program
For more information:

Russell Lovell
Program Director, Associate Dean

Trisha A. Fillbach
Director of Career Development

Duke Law Public Interest & Pro Bono Programs

Students provide law-related services in a broad array of areas, including, criminal law, environmental law, and civil rights, and work with Legal Aid, non-profit advocacy groups, government, and private attorneys in their pro bono work.
For more information:
Carol Spruill
Associate Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Kim Burrucker
Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono
Laura Brockington
Coordinator of Public Interest and Pro Bono
919-613-9001 (fax)

Environmental & Natural Resource Law
Sponsor:  The University of Oregon of Oregon School of Law

A primary mission of the ENR program is to be of service to the community. The ENR program encourages its students to engage in pro bono work during law school.
For more information:
Jane Steckbeck, J.D.
Associate Director of Career Services

Ethics School
Sponsor:  State Bar of California

A program assisting lawyers in improving their law practice management skills and identifying their potential ethical problems.

Expansion of Orientations on Professionalism
Sponsor:  State Bar of Georgia

The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Georgia Supreme Court with the primary charge to enhance professionalism among Georgia's lawyers. In carrying out its charge, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of client and public good.

Florida Bar Young Lawyers' Division: Practicing with Professionalism
Sponsor:  Florida Bar Young Lawyer's Division

A two-day mandated program for all newly admitted lawyers to the Florida Bar.

Florida State University College of Law Public Interest Law Students Association

Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA) is committed to promoting pro bono and community service as well as helping students who wish to work in public interest law. It encourages all law students to make public interest a part of their careers.
For more information:
Nancy Benavides
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Fordham University School of Law Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics

From its inception, the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics has endeavored to make ethics and public service integral to the study and practice of law. In the process it has created and nurtured a legal community of scholars, students, jurists and practitioners dedicated to the exchange of ideas and problem solving in a vital field of inquiry that has grown increasingly more important in today's professional world.
For more information:
Tom Schoenherr
Assistant Dean of Public Interest Resource Center

Franklin Pierce Law Center Social Justice Institute

The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is the focal point of public interest law activities at Pierce Law and is an integral part of the curriculum, culture and thinking.
For more information:
Brigette Holmes
Director, Social Justice Institute
603-228-1963, x1166

George Washington University Law School Public Interest & Pro Bono
For more information:

Tamara Devieux-Adams, Esq.
Public Interest Counselor and Pro Bono Liaison
202-994-7352 (fax)

Georgetown Law Office of Public Interest and Community Service
For more information:

Barbara Moulton
Assistant Dean, Office of Public Interest & Community Service Programs

Holly Eaton
Director, Pro Bono Program

Gonzaga University School of Law The Clinical Program
For more information:

Gail Hammer
Director & Clinical Instructor of Law, Family Law Clinic and
Co-Director of the Institute of Law School Teaching

Holly Brajcich
Director of Career Services

Guide to the Basics of Law Practice
Sponsor:  Texas Center for Legal Ethics

Course aimed at easing the transition from law school to practice - required of all admittees to the Texas bar.

Hamline University School of Law
For more information:

Nancy Lochner
Director of Career Services
651-523-2451 (fax)

Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
For more information:

Lisa Dealy
Director, Clinical and Pro Bono Program

Lee Branson
Assistant Director for Pro Bono Programs

Hawaii's Professionalism course
Sponsor:  Hawaii State Bar and the Supreme Court of Hawaii

Professionalism course required of all persons admitted to the Hawaii State Bar

Hofstra University School of Law Public Service Program

The program is designed to give Hofstra Law students the opportunity to provide important public service, gain valuable practical legal experience and build relationships important to your future career.
For more information:
Tamara Stephen
Director of Public Sector Career Planning

Howard University School of Law Public Interest Resource Center

Responsibilities associated with this office include helping students find and pursue permanent employment opportunities in the public sector including attorney fellowships, graduate, teaching fellowships; as well as general career services support for students hoping to work in the public sector.
For more information:
Tamara Meekins

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent is dedicated to supporting students, alumni and those in the legal community pursuing the public interest through the Certificate in Public Interest Law, initiatives, curriculum, student organizations and faculty.
For more information:
Professor Vivien Gross
Clinical Professor of Law

Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Pro Bono Program

The Pro Bono Program at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis is designed for law students to provide assistance to attorneys who have accepted pro bono cases and/or specific targeted governmental organizations.
For more information:
LaWanda Ward
Director of Pro Bono & Public Interest

Judicial District Professionalism Program
Sponsor:  Georgia's Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism and Bench and Bar Committee of Georgia State

The goal of the Judicial District Professionalism Program (JDPP) is to promote professionalism through increased communication, education, and the informal use of peer intervention to alter unprofessional conduct. On June 19, 1998 the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia adopted a resolution approving the recommendations for the Judicial District Professionalism Program proposed by the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar. The JDPP is charged with the responsibility of confidentially receiving and attempting to resolve complaints regarding questionable conduct of members of the bench and bar. The program will be a joint project of the bench and bar aimed directly at improving the profession and bolstering public confidence in the legal system.

Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program
Sponsor:  State Bar of Wisconsin

An alternative method of resolving professional and economic disputes between lawyers.

Lewis & Clark Law School Public Interest
For more information:

Bill Penn
Public Interest Law Coordinator

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Pro Bono Requirement

Pro Bono work is legal work provided without compensation as part of the lawyer's professional responsibility. Before graduation, each student must perform 40 hours of uncompensated, legally related public service.
For more information:
Sande Buhai
Executive Director and Clinical Professor
213-383-0994 (fax)

Christine Zeimantz
Public Interest Programs Manager
213-383-0994 (fax)

Loyola University Gillis Long Pro Bono Program

The Ignatian vision is embodied in the development of the Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program which seeks to provide students with the opportunity to: (1) gain practical legal experience to aid in their development as professionals; (2) create a greater awareness of the obligation to provide legal services to the disadvantaged; (3) foster development of the bar; and (4) provide quality legal services to our community. All of the Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program goals may be accomplished while serving the poor of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area and responding to the call of the Gospel to love one's neighbor.
For more information:
R.Judson Mitchell Jr.
Pro Bono Coordinator

Marquette University Law School Public Service
For more information:

Daniel Idzikowski
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Maryland State Bar Association: Professionalism-Beyond the Model Rules
Sponsor:  Maryland State Bar Association

This mandatory course for new Maryland attorneys combines videotaped vignettes, workshop discussions and individual presentations to give a substantial overview of law practice, highlighting the lawyer's relationship with the court, the client, the community and other lawyers.

Minnesota Justice Foundation
Sponsor:  University of Minnesota Law School Public Service Program

In the fall of 1999, the Minnesota Justice Foundation officially launched the Law School Public Service Program (LSPSP), a collaborative effort of MJF, the then three Minnesota law schools, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and over forty legal service providers to promote an ethic of public service in Minnesota law students and to increase the availability of legal services to Minnesota's low-income and disadvantaged populations.
For more information:
Janine Laird
Executive Director
612-626-0056 (fax)

Monroe County Bar Association Comprehensive Agenda
Sponsor:  Monroe County Bar Association, New York

A comprehensive program that includes the work of the professional relations committee, gender fairness committee, ombudsman program, and mentoring program.

Multnomah Bar Conciliation Program
Sponsor:  Multnomah Bar, Oregon

A confidential program in which bar members act as conciliators to help lawyers who believe another lawyer has demonstrated a lack of professionalism.
For more information:
Tel: 503-222-3275

New York Law School Public Interest

New York Law School's Office for Public Interest and Community Service was created to further and heighten New York Law School's demonstrated historic commitment to the public interest and to serve the community, as part of the School's role as a good institutional citizen actively participating in civic life.
For more information:
Will Thompson
Associate Director, Public Interest and Government Advising

Wanda James
Coordinator for Career Planning and Public Interest Programming

North Carolina Central School of Law Pro Bono Clinic

Pro Bono Clinic students provide valuable volunteer assistance to these often under-funded and under-staffed organizations as they gain insight into the realities of public interest lawyering and expand their knowledge of substantive and procedural law in the area of their placement. The Pro Bono Clinic is a 1-semester, 1-credit hour pass-fail course and is open to 2L, 3L, 3LE and 4LE students.
For more information:
Page Potter
Pro Bono Coordinator
919-530-7982 (fax)

Northeastern University School of Law Public Interest Graduation Requirement

The School of Law is committed to the belief that all attorneys have a duty to serve the public. Therefore, all students must fulfill a public interest requirement as a condition of graduation. The requirement may be fulfilled in one of several ways, including completion of a public interest co-op, completion of any of the law school's clinical courses, performance of at least 30 hours of uncompensated legal work in a public interest setting or with a private firm on a pro bono project, or a public interest independent study.
For more information:
Jeffrey Smith
Coop Director of External Relations/Co-Director of Public Interest Advising

Nova Southeastern University Public Interest Law Center

The Public Interest Law Center was established in 1996 by the Shepard Broad Law Center to serve as a focal point for all public interest law activities at the law center. The Public Interest Law Center operates many programs designed to encourage students to participate in public interest law while they are in law school, and to provide information regarding the pursuit of a career in public interest law upon graduation.
For more information:
Sharon Booth, Esq.
Director of Public Interest Programs & Disability Services
954-262-3831 (fax)

NYU School of Law Public Interest Law Center
For more information:

Deborah Ellis
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law

Oklahoma City University School of Law Pro Bono and Public Interest
For more information:

Laurie W. Jones
Pro Bono and Public Interest Coordinator

Palm Beach County Bar Association: Professionalism Council Peer Review
Sponsor:  Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida

The Professional Council Peer Review meets with lawyers who have conducted themselves in a manner inconsistent with the Ideals and Goals of Professionalism adopted by the Florida State Bar in 1990, or the Standards of Professional Courtesy adopted by the Palm Beach County Bar Association in 1990.

Pepperdine University Odell McConnell Law Center Special Education Advocacy Clinic

It is the mission of the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic (PSEAC) to enrich the legal education of law students through participation in this public interest area of the law by providing advocacy services and training to Regional Center consumers and their families, and by empowering parents and families of children with disabilities to be effective advocates by building their knowledge of special education law and teaching them the skills necessary to productively and successfully participate in the processes and procedures involved therein.
For more information:
Laurie Buchan
Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Law

Selina Farrell
Assistant Dean of Career Development

Anni Williams
Associate Director of Career Development

Professional Review Program
Sponsor:  A Joint Project Jacksonville Bar Association and Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida Professionalism

Allows a judge or lawyer to report to a Professional Review Committee when a lawyer's conduct does not meet expected standards of the circuit.

Professionalism Support Initiative (PSI)
Sponsor:  The Chief Justice's Commission On Professionalism

The Professionalism Support Initiative (PSI) is an informal, voluntary, local lawyer and judge assistance program that handles client-lawyer, lawyer-lawyer, and lawyer-judge professionalism problems. The purpose of the PSI is to promote professionalism and thereby bolster public confidence in the legal profession. PSI uses local volunteer peers to communicate privately and informally with lawyers and judges. The PSI offers counsel and assistance to lawyers and judges who receive repeated complaints at the State Bar, the Judicial Standards Commission, or through local bar associations that may not rise to the level of ethics or professional responsibility violations. Inquiries will be referred to the PSI from the State Bar's Client Assistance Program, local bar associations, voluntary bar associations, the CJPC, and individual judges and lawyers. Inquiries will not include any disciplinary charge, ethics violation, criminal conduct, or any other matter falling under the provisions of Subchapter B: Discipline and Disability rules of the Rules of North Carolina state Bar or any other Code of Judicial conduct. Each judicial district's PSI will follow their own internal operating procedure to determine how best to address and resolve the matter. PSI volunteers may determine which inquiries merit consideration or counseling. The CJCP has advisory and oversight responsibility for the PSI.

Program on the Legal Profession
Sponsor:  Harvard Law School

The mission of the Program on the Legal Profession is to increase understanding of the structures and norms of the legal profession in the United States and around the world, through research, scholarship and teaching. To that end, the Program conducts empirical research, develops new teaching materials and courses, and works to build bridges between the academy and the profession.

Rhode Island Task Force on Affordable Legal Services

Chief Justice of Rhode Island appointed a task force to address access to justice issues.
For more information:
Robert Oster, Esq.

Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative

The Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students, and community organizations to provide legal assistance within the community.
To date, six large R.I. firms have teamed with community-based organizations (CBOs) and School of Law students to provide legal assistance to these CBOs' clients - low-income, at-risk individuals and families.
For more information:
Eliza Vorenberg

Leslie Gifford
Administrative Coordinator

Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
Sponsor:  Feinstein Institute for Legal Service

Prior to graduation, each student must engage in twenty (20) hours of law-related public service. All hours must be completed at one project. Services satisfying this requirement must be donated; neither monetary compensation nor academic credit may be exchanged for services. "Public service" means working with indigent clients, non-profit organizations (including but not limited to "501 (c)(3) organizations), public interest groups, political advocacy groups, private practitioners handling pro bono cases and governmental agencies.
For more information:
Liz Tobin Tyler
Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships

Rutgers School of Law Camden Pro Bono Program

Students can become involved in pro bono projects based at the law school or in external public interest organizations as early as their first year in law school.
For more information:
Eve Biskind Klothen
Assistant Dean of Pro Bono Services
856-225-6276 (fax)

Pam Mertsock-Wolfe
Pro Bono Coordinator

Rutgers School of Law Newark Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program

The school's strong and historic commitment to public service is evident throughout the curriculum, particularly in our eight legal clinics, where students are exposed to the legal issues facing the poor and under-represented.
For more information:
Jessica Kitson

Laura Cohen

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Public Interest & the Pro Bono Program
Sponsor:  Arizona State University

It is their goal that throughout their students' professional careers they will recognize an ethical obligation to perform public interest work, and they realize the importance of their law school experience in instilling that obligation.
For more information:
K. Royal
Director of Pro Bono Programs and Student Life
480-727-8678 (fax)

Santa Clara Law Center for Social Justice and Public Service

The Center provides students with a legal education that instills a commitment to social justice, public interest, and public service.
For more information:
408-554-5073 (fax)

Peter Castle
Student PILCS Career Counselor

Seattle University School of Law Access to Justice Institute

The mission of the Institute is to inspire all law students towards a lifelong commitment to equal justice. In serving as a focal point of social justice, the Institute connects students to public interest opportunities that fulfill unmet legal needs, facilitates advocacy and legal skills training, hosts social justice forums and events, counsels students in public interest career exploration, and collaborates with local, state and national efforts to promote equal justice.
For more information:
Diana Singleton

Carrie Gargas
Staff Attorney

Seton Hall University School of Law Center for Social Justice

Seton Hall University School of Law provides students legal preparation through one of the most comprehensive clinical and pro bono programs offered by any metropolitan-area law school. The Center for Social Justice's for-credit clinical programs and pro bono program allow students to engage in a legal apprenticeship, representing real-life clients in cases with real-life outcomes.
For more information:
Professor Philip A. Ross
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Pro Bono Service Program

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Sponsor:  Pro Bono Committee

On April 13, 1992, at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting, the recommendation of the committee for a mandatory 30-hour pro bono requirement was raised. The most significant aspects of the committee's recommendation were as follows: *Institution of a public service obligation as a requirement for graduation. *30 hours of service would be required *No academic credit would be awarded *Obligation to be satisfied after completion of the first-year curriculum.
For more information:
Rebecca Garza Greenan, Esq.
Director of Public Service Program
214-768-4688 (fax)

Lynn L. Moubry
Assistant for Public Service Program
214-768-4688 (fax)

Southwestern Law School Public Interest Law Program
For more information:

Gary Greener, JD, LL.M.
Assistant Dean, Career Services

Jane Powell, PhD
Assistant Dean/Dean of Students

St. Mary's University School of Law Public Interest Program
For more information:

Joaquin Amaya Jr.
Public Interest Law Program

St. Thomas University School of Law Pro Bono Requirement

During 1999, the Law School Faculty adopted a mandatory pro bono requirement which will require students to complete 40 hours of pro bono work as a requirement for graduation. The program is designed to give second and third year students legal experience under the supervision of lawyers in a variety of non-profit offices, government agencies, and law firms.
For more information:
John Hernandez
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
305-623-2391 (fax)

State Bar of California, Office of Client Relations: Educating Membership on the Importance of Good Client Relations
Sponsor:  State Bar of California

A pilot program for the mediation of client-lawyer disputes.

State Bar of Texas: Professionalism Enhancement Program
Sponsor:  State Bar of Texas

Providing remediation of problems between lawyers and clients via mediation, mentoring, continuing education, and monitoring.

Stetson University College of Law Pro Bono Requirements

All students are required to complete 20 hours of Pro Bono. A minimum of 10 hours must be completed in legal-related activities. All Pro Bono requirements must be completed 6 months prior to graduation. Legal related activities are limited to Pro Bono service for the indigent, Pro Bono work for a public agency, and Pro Bono work for a private attorney on a case in which the attorney is working Pro Bono. All students may complete the remaining 10 hours in non-legal related activities. Non-legal activities must be approved by the Assistant Dean's office. Non-legal related activities exclude fund-raising for the University and the Law School. Pro Bono activities will be promoted by the Assistant Dean's office. Any promotion will specifically categorize activities as either legal or non-legal related. Students will be formally introduced to these requirements during the First Year Orientation.
For more information:
Assistant Dean's Office

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law Public Service Program

The Office of Public Interest Programs is the focal point for public interest activities at the Law School. These activities include the Public Interest Experience (PIE), a student-directed program that matches student volunteers with public service organizations, and Law Education and Participation (LEAP), a multi-faceted program designed to teach children about the law. The Public Interest Programs Office also collaborates with the Office of Career Planning to identify public interest job opportunities and support students' post-graduate fellowship applications.
For more information:
Maureen Olives
Director of Public Interest Programs

Texas Tech Law School Implements First Professionalism Pledge

Daily Toreador, Texas Tech via University Wire, August 27, 2007
The first Professionalism Pledge was administered to over 200 entrance-level Texas Tech School of Law students during law school orientation August 17, 2007. A professor coordinated the Professionalism Pledge, which she hopes will become an annual event, to help first-year law students recognize that they are starting not just law school, but embarking upon the legal profession. Faculty members will check with the students throughout the semester to determine how the pledge is affecting the students. Tech is one of the first law schools in the nation to initial the Professionalism Pledge.
Status: Ongoing

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Equal Justice Program

In keeping with its mission to provide excellence in legal education, emphasizing service to its diverse student body, the legal profession and its community, the School of Law requires each of its students to perform 30 hours of law-related pro bono service through the Equal Justice Program. The program's purpose is two-fold. First, it ensures that all students will have the opportunity to practice lawyering skills in a real-world setting before they graduate. Second, it imparts to our students the importance of giving back to the community in recognition of the privileged status lawyers occupy.

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Pro Bono
For more information:

Patti Gearhart Turner
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

The Mississippi Bar-Consumer Assistance Program
Sponsor:  Mississippi Bar Association

Informal program designed to handle inquiries, complaints, and requests from the public regarding members of the Bar.

The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law Public Service and Public Interest Programs
For more information:

Cybele E. Smith
Dir. of Public Service and Public Interest Programs

Pamela Lombardi
Asst. Dean of Career Services

Career Services
614-292-6667 (fax)

The University of Alabama School of Law Public Interest Institute

Created in 2000, the Public Interest Institute of the University of Alabama School of Law is dedicated to the idea that the privilege of being an attorney includes service to one's community. The Institute builds upon the longstanding tradition of service by the Law School's students, graduates, faculty and administration.
For more information:
Tari D. Williams
Director of Public Interest

Erica P. Nicholson
Associate Director, Public Interest Institute

The University of Iowa College of Law Pro Bono Society

The Pro Bono Society is a student group for University of Iowa College of Law students that emphasizes the importance of public service and volunteerism in the legal profession. In addition, the Pro Bono Society serves as a vehicle to assist those law students seeking to earn the Boyd Service Award. Membership is an earned honor that signifies an objectively measured commitment to serving others during the academic year, as well as the development of the skills and values important to a life of public service in the tradition of pro bono publico.
For more information:
Linda A. McGuire
Associate Dean for Public Service, Instructor at Law

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Pro Bono

This Pro Bono Initiative is a voluntary program whose primary goal is to emphasize the fundamental role of public service in the legal profession.
For more information:
Kristin Erickson

JoLynn Spruance
Academic Coordinator
801-581-6897 (fax)

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Pro Bono

It is the goal of Thomas Jefferson School of Law that all of its students and graduates have an opportunity to experience the many benefits of Pro Bono work.
For more information:
Judybeth Tropp, Esq.
Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs

Angie Valdiconza
Externship and Pro Bono Coordinator
619-297-9700, ext. 1490

Touro College Academic Program
For more information:

Tom Maligno
Executive Director
Public Advocacy Center & Public Interest

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Public Interest Law Perspective Requirement

Students may satisfy the Public Interest Law Perspective Requirement in one of the following three ways: (a)Successful completion of one of the following clinics: Civil rights Litigation Clinic, Criminal Law Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, International Human Rights/Asylum Clinic, Family Law Clinic, or Legal Institutions-Civil Clinic, when the placement is in a Pro Bono position; or (b)Completion of forty (40) hours of Pro Bono work; or (c) Completion of twenty (20) hours of Pro Bono work and successful completion of either Rights of the Poor or Racism and American Law.
For more information:
Tom Maligno
Executive Director
Public Advocacy Center & Public Interest

Tulane University Public Interest Law

Tulane was the first law school in the country to require its students to perform pro bono work as a condition for graduating. Every one of the 3600 students who has received a JD since 1990 successfully performed at least 20 hours of community service work. In fact, most students have exceeded the minimum requirement and thus were able to address even more legal needs. In 2006, the pro bono requirement was increased to 30 hours.
For more information:
Julie H. Jackson
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Programs and Lecturer in Law

UCLA Law Office of Public Interest Programs

The Office of Public Interest Programs strives to enhance the School of Law’s long-standing commitment to public service by offering a wide array of services to School of Law students and alumni. The Office’s principal goal is to encourage students and alumni to embrace a career that incorporates an ongoing commitment to public service.
For more information:
Cathy Mayorkas

University of California at Davis School of Law : Public Service Law Program
For more information:

Kimberly Thomas
Public Service Program Coordinator

University of Cincinnati College of Law
For more information:

Mina Jones Jefferson
Assistant Dean

Sean L. Rhiney, Esq.
Public Service Coordinator & Counselor

513-556-2391 (fax)

University of Connecticut School of Law
For more information:

Professor Leslie Levin
Faculty Pro Bono Coordinator

Michele Hoff
Office of Career Services

University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law Pro Bono/ Community Service

The mission of the Pro Bono Project is to help students develop an awareness of their future ethical and professional responsibilities to provide service to their community.
For more information:
Samara Sarno
Assistant Director

University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law Public Service Program

Students are required to locate and to provide law-related pro bono work under the supervision of an attorney, law school faculty or dean, or other supervisor, as approved by the Pro Bono Program Administrator. The definition of law-related pro bono work is construed liberally and includes law related work with any federal, state, or local government agency, court or legislature.
For more information:
Amy T. O. Wiecking
Pro Bono Program Administrator
808-956-3813 (fax)

University of Illinois College of Law Public Interest
For more information:

Stacey L. Tutt
Career Services

University of Maine School of Law Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic

The School of Law takes responsibility as a public institution very seriously. Their students benefit the public through service to low-income clients in the Law School's Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, through summer public interest fellowships with legal service agencies and government offices, and through individual volunteer projects.
For more information:
207-780-4239 (fax)

University of Maryland School of Law Pro Bono & Public Service
For more information:

M. Teresa Schmiedeler
Director, Pro Bono & Public Service Initiatives

University of Miami School of Law
For more information:

Marni Lennon
Asst. Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono

Kevin Probst
Post-Graduate Fellow

H.O.P.E. (Helping Others through Pro Bono Efforts) Public Interest Resource Center

University of Michigan Law School Public Service
For more information:

MaryAnn Sarosi
Assistant Dean of Public Service
734-764-5228 (fax)


University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs

The L.P. Cookingham Institute promotes community building and development as a means to contribute to urban area revitalization through scholarship, practice and community engagement.
For more information:
William Eckhardt
Clinical Professor & Director of Urban Affairs Outreach

Lynda Moore
Director Career Services

University of Montana School of Law Clinics

The University of Montana School of Law is one of a small number of law schools where all students participate in a clinic before graduating. All third-year students practice in a public interest setting, either in an "in-house" clinic at the law school or under the supervision of an attorney in the community.
For more information:
Professor Margaret A. "Peggy" Tonon
Clinical Director/Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Rippon
Career Services Coordinator

University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law Community Service
For more information:

Cliff Marcek
Program Coordinator

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Lawyering Process Program

The three-semester program requires students to complete nine graded credits of legal analysis, research, writing, and skills training. This expansive program allows students to leave school already proficient in the key language skills of legal practice.

University of New Mexico School of Law Clinicals

This clinic is one of New Mexico's largest law firms and serves a broad spectrum of low-income clients.
For more information:
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Clinic Director

Christine Zuni Cruz
Director of the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC)

J. Michael Norwood
Associate Dean and Professor of Law

John Feldman
Assistant Dean for Career & Student Services

University of North Carolina School of Law Pro Bono Program

The mission of UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program is to assist attorneys who provide high quality, low-cost legal services to individuals in need and to create a life long commitment to pro bono work among UNC Law Students.
For more information:
Sylvia Novinsky
Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs

University of Oregon School of Law Pro Bono Program

The Pro Bono Program is dedicated to promoting pro bono legal work within the law school and throughout the legal community.
For more information:
Jane Steckbeck, J.D.
Associate Director of Career Services

University of Pennsylvania Law School Pro Bono Requirement

All Penn Law students are required to perform 70 hours of law-related pro bono work as a condition of graduation. To ensure that law students are ready to work in the real and constantly changing legal world, the Program maintains an ample roster of opportunities from the full spectrum of legal issues, shaped by student and faculty interests as well as from requesting organizations. During the Academic Year 2001-2002, the Program placed nearly 600 students to work at several hundred public interest organizations, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.
For more information:
215-573-5806 (fax)

Susan Feathers

Pam Mertsock Wolfe
Associate Director

University of Puerto Rico School of Law Clinics
For more information:

Wanda Perez
Director of Admissions

University of San Diego School of Law
Sponsor:  Pro Bono Legal Advocates

PBLA is an organization dedicated to giving legal assistance to the local community. Through each of its seven programs, PBLA helps bring legal help to those who would otherwise be lost in the legal system or who might not be able to afford competent counsel.
For more information:
Laura Berend

Becky Blain
Student Chair

University of San Francisco School of Law Public Interest Law Program

The Pro Bono Project matches students with short-term and long-term volunteer projects at legal aid agencies, court-based programs, social service providers, and with private attorneys working on pro bono cases. Flexible and varied opportunities provide students with options that fit their busy schedules.

University of South Carolina School of Law Pro Bono Program

The University of South Carolina School of Law believes it is important to foster the ethic of professional obligation to provide service to the public, especially those who can not afford legal help. As such, the School of Law established the Pro Bono Program to engage students in a variety of volunteer opportunities. The activities of the Pro Bono Program are one way the USC School of Law reaches toward its academic mission of providing a top quality legal education in SC.
For more information:
Pamela Robinson

University of Southern California Law School Office of Public Service

The Office of Public Service is the Law School's "home" for public service where, in collaboration with other disciplines, tomorrow's lawyers learn today to creatively address society's most difficult challenges.
For more information:
Lisa Mead
Associate Dean, Office of Public Service
213-740-9732 (fax)

University of St. Louis, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Public Service Program

To further the Brandeis tradition of public service, all students are required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of law-related public service prior to graduation-many students perform more. Each year, more than 4,500 hours of law student assistance is donated to local, state and national organizations through this program. Every hour donated by a law student means an hour freed for the sponsoring organization or individual to serve additional clients. Students are placed not only in the Louisville metropolitan area but throughout the state of Kentucky and in numerous other states as well.
For more information:
Mary Jo Gleason
Director, Public Service Program
502-852-0862 (fax)

University of Tennessee College of Law Pro Bono

UT Pro Bono is a student-directed, community service organization at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Working in cooperation with attorneys and local legal aid societies, UT Pro Bono serves as a resource by providing law students for research, educational, and investigatory assistance.
For more information:
Marshall Stair
UT Pro Bono Director: Marshall Stair
865-974-9428 (fax)

Professor Dean Hill Rivkin
Chair, Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Committee

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Community Service Program

Law & Justice: The Community Service Program
Through the Community Service Program, students are introduced to Washington, its issues, and a cross section of policymakers and individuals who make the District and its programs work.
For more information:
Edgar Cahn

University of Tulsa College of Law Referrals to Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Sponsor:  The University of Tulsa College of Law

The Dean of Students refers students, as needed, to the Oklahoma Bar Association's Lawyers Helping Lawyers program, which offers services to law students who have problems with alcohol or drug abuse.
For more information:
Martha Cordell, Assistant to the Dean
The University of Tulsa College of Law
3120 East Fourth Place
Tulsa, OK 74104-2499

University of Tulsa Pro Bono Program

The University of Tulsa College of Law is committed to fostering an environment where students can learn about their professional responsibilities and put them into practice. As such, in March 2006, the College of Law began a formalized voluntary pro bono program to encourage students to engage in pro bono activities during their law school careers.
For more information:
Jennifer Flexner
Assistant Director of Career Services

University of Virginia School of Law Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center

The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center is the School's focal point for public service programming and outreach. The Center oversees the Law School's public service job placement efforts, and administers voluntary pro bono programs that introduce students to the rewards of community service, coordinates summer internships and fellowships, and provides individualized career counseling.
For more information:
Kimberly Emery
Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest

Public Service Center

University of Washington School of Law Pro Bono Requirement
Sponsor:  Career Planning and Public Service Center

All students enrolled in the Juris Doctor program
are required to perform 60 hours of public service legal work to graduate.
Students can fulfill the public service requirement in any of the following ways:
By enrolling in and satisfactorily completing a Law School Clinic. Currently the Law School offers eight clinics in different areas: Appellate Advocacy, Child Advocacy, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Indian Law, Mediation, Refugee Advocacy, and Unemployment Compensation Law. There is no limit on the number of clinic credits a student can take.
By enrolling in and satisfactorily completing a Public Service Externship for at least two academic credits. Students can undertake externships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, legislative bodies, the judiciary, or private law firms on pro bono matters. Students cannot undertake externships with a private law firm or agency on fee-generating matters. Students can enroll in externships only after completing the first year of law school, can take a maximum of 15 externship credits, and must work 30 hours over the course of a quarter for each credit.
By enrolling in and satisfactorily completing the Street Law Course. In this program, students are assigned to teach a practical law course to high school students.
For more information:
John Chung
Assistant Director Public Service

Susan Lien
Program Coordinator


University of Wisconsin Law School

Academics and Clinics

Valparaiso School of Law

Academics: Practical Learning
Established in 1969, the Law Clinic serves the community and the legal profession. In client representation clinics, third-year students work under supervision to represent low-income clients and citizen groups who would not otherwise have access to the legal system.

Valparaiso School of Law Pro Bono Requirement

We were one of the very first law schools to institute a pro bono graduation requirement, under which every law student must complete a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono service in order to graduate.
There are a variety of methods and opportunities to fulfill this special requirement. Valpo Law students discover how rewarding it is to provide assistance to someone in need, and most students record far more than the 20 hours that are required. In fact, at the request of the students, special recognition is granted to students who complete more than 40 hours of pro bono service.
For more information:
Ivan E. Bodensteiner

Kimberly R. Bubac
Assistant Director of Career Planning

Vanderbilt University Law School Clinicals
For more information:

Lisa Doster
Career Counselor
Government & Public Interest Specialist

Susan Kay
Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs

Villanova University School of Law Pro Bono Program

Villanova Law hosts a number of exciting public service and pro bono opportunities for students. These and other programs offer to serve those in need, while developing your own lawyering skills.
For more information:
Elizabeth E. Dunn
Director of Public Service Careers & Pro Bono Programs

Virginia Professionalism Course
Sponsor:  The Virginia State Bar

A two day course required of all new members of the bar which aspires to impart higher than minimum goals of professionalism through a series of lectures and workshops led by a faculty of prominent lawyers and judges in the state.

Wayne State University Law School Live-Client Clinics
For more information:

David Moss
Director of Clinical Education

West Virginia University Appalachian Center for Law in the Public Interest
For more information:

Randal Minor

Charles R. DiSalvo
Faculty Advisor,
Public Interest Advocates
304-293-6891 (fax)

Western State University College of Law Public Interest

The Western State community is committed to training attorneys who are passionate about their profession’s responsibility to the welfare of the community.
For more information:
Heather Truong
Assistant Director of Career Services

Anna Bidoglio
Director of Career Services

Widener University School of Law
For more information:

Arlene Rivera Finkelstein
Director, Public Interest Resource Center

Karen Durkin
Director, Career Development Office

Sydney Howe-Barksdale
Director, Public Interest Resource Center (Delaware)
302-477-2706 (fax)

William Mitchell College of Law Community Development Clinic

The William Mitchell Community Development Legal Clinic focuses on the challenges of addressing issues of poverty, neighborhood revitalization, and community economic development using legal skills, reflective thinking, and creative problem-solving. This clinic is designed for students interested in transactional work, although client needs will dictate the legal skills required.
For more information:
Registrar's Office

Bridgid Dowdal
Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development

Jane Evans
MJF Staff Attorney

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
Sponsor:  University of Texas at Austin School of Law

In 2004 the Law School strengthened its commitment to serving the public good by establishing the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. The Justice Center promotes equal justice for all through legal education, scholarship and public service.
For more information:
Eden Harrington

Mary R. Crouter
Assistant Director

Woodruff Curriculum

The Woodruff Curriculum is one of the true hallmarks of a Mercer education and will help distinguish you as a professional throughout your career. Initiated in 1990, the philosophy behind the curriculum was truly ahead of its time and is now looked upon as a model by law schools across the country.

Yale University Law School
For more information:

Theresa J. Bryant
Executive Director and Director of Public Interest and Academic Programs