Summer Stipend Recipients

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Fulfilling the Requirements

Requirement Overview

  • 50 hours of law-related pro bono legal work (e.g., preparation for and assistance with trials, client and witness interviewing, citizen legal education, drafting documents, legislative analysis and policy interpretation, and research and writing);
  • must be uncompensated; and
  • must not receive academic credit (e.g., for-credit externships and law school clinics are not eligible).

Steps To Fulfilling Your Pro Bono Experiential Learning Requirement:

  • Choose one of the following:
    • A Pre-Approved Placement or Project
      •  Log on to Symplicity. Under “Job Postings” search “Position Type” and select “Public Service Requirement.” Eliza Vorenberg, Director of Pro Bono & Community Partnerships, and Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs, are available to counsel students about pro bono opportunities and to help them find projects that match their interests.
      • If you would like to apply for a pre-approved placement, submit an application as if you were applying for an internship (i.e., cover letter and resume reviewed by the Office of Career Development.)
    • A Self-Initiated Placement or Project (Pre-approval required)
      • Students may request approval for a pro bono project or placement that is not pre-approved by completing the Pro Bono Experiential Learning Requirement Pre-Approval Form. Approval must be obtained from the Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs before any project work begins. Students will not receive credit for a self-initiated pro bono placement or project that was not pre-approved.
    • Apply to participate in a Pro Bono Collaborative Project.
  • Before you begin working, complete and submit the Confirmation Agreement and Conflicts Form (on Symplicity and on the Feinstein Center’s webpage).
  • Keep track of your hours.
  • When you have completed 50 hours, complete and submit your Final Evaluation Paperwork (Evaluation, Hours Log and Journal).
  • Once you receive email confirmation from the Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs that you have fulfilled your Pro Bono Experiential Learning Requirement, save a copy of the email for your records

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can students complete their 50 hours at more than one placement?

Yes.  Students may complete their pro bono work at up to two placements.  Students must complete at least 20 hours at a placement for it to qualify for the requirement.

Can students continue working at an externship placement or in a law school clinic to receive credit towards their pro bono requirement?

Yes, but not hours worked during the semester of the externship or clinic and pre-approval may be required.

Can work done during the summer count toward the public service requirement?

Yes, if otherwise eligible. Students who receive a public interest summer stipend may count work above and beyond the 300 hours required for the stipend toward the pro bono requirement.  In addition to summer stipend forms, all pro bono forms must be completed to receive credit.

What is the deadline for completion of the public service requirement?

All paperwork must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days in advance of anticipated graduation date.  (See section 711 of the Student Handbook). Students should have completed at least half of their public service hours before their last semester of law school and under no circumstance should wait until their last semester to arrange their pro bono work.

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