Bridging the Gap Between Law Firms & Community Organization's Legal Needs
This course will introduce students to pro bono including the history and ethical underpinnings. Students will learn about the extent of the need for pro bono legal assistance (e.g. research re: numbers served, prevalent legal issues among the poor, the role of LSC and Bar Association programs). They will then begin developing a pro bono project using the PBC partnership model that will involve identifying an issue or organization, research, contacting a community organization, developing a project proposal and pitch for a hypothetical law firm (each student will get a unique hypothetical law firm). Ultimately, each student will produce a paper that will include a description of the legal need their project addresses based on their research, the project parameters, the project’s goals and how the project meets the community organization’s and the law firm’s specific needs/interests, what role a law student would have in the project, a project pitch, how they would evaluate the success of the project.