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Secrets & Scandals

Secrets & Scandals

Info Session for Prospective Students
NOV
10
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol RI. 02809
Hands-on Deposition Skills Training Program
NOV
13
All Day
Providence and Bristol, Rhode Island
Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006
NOV
13
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
Marine Affairs Student Roundtable Luncheon
NOV
19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bay View Room
Criminal Justice Reform with Soffiyah Elijah
NOV
19
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Appellate Courtroom 283


Fulfilling the Requirements

Requirement Overview

RWU Law’s Pro Bono Experiential Learning Requirement (Pro Bono ELR) is designed to instill in law students the value and habit of providing pro bono legal service to low-income communities and increasing access to justice, while at the same time providing an opportunity for students to gain valuable practical legal experience.

RWU Law’s Pro Bono Experiential Learning Requirement (Pro Bono ELR) requires every student to undertake 50 hours of law-related pro bono legal work, as defined by ABA Model Rule 6.1, in order to graduate. Law students may not receive compensation or academic credit for their qualifying service and placements must be approved.

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. 

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 is required.

Can work done during the summer count toward the pro bono 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 pro bono 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 pro bono 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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