New York Pro Bono Scholars Program
RWU Law is proud to participate in the New York Pro Bono Scholars Program (NYPBSP), a program in New York State for qualifying third year law students. Third year law students can spend 12 weeks of their final spring semester in law school providing full-time pro bono legal assistance to low-income people while participating in a required 2-credit weekly seminar. In exchange, these students will be permitted to take the New York Bar Exam in February of their third year of law school and, assuming a passing score as well as successful completion of the New York Pro Bono Scholars Program and all graduation requirements, be admitted to practice as a member of the New York Bar or the Bar of any Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction, as soon as possible after completion of the program. Participation, Pro Bono placements and supervising attorneys must be approved by RWU Law. New York Pro Bono Scholars will be able to participate in graduation ceremonies in May but will receive their diplomas in June.
Please refer to the New York Pro Bono Scholars Guide for a complete description of the requirements of the program and the kinds of pro bono work that are eligible. Please note, however, that not all pro bono work that is eligible under the program will also comply with RWU Law’s program requirements. Because the RWU Law program requires enrollment in a special section of the Public Interest Clinical Externship, placements in private law firms and corporate counsel offices will not qualify, nor will work in a law school clinic.
Please also review the New York State Unified Court System’s Pro Bono Scholars Program website.
If you have any questions about the program’s requirements or need assistance determining if the program is right for you, please contact Andy Horwitz, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered for the NYPBSP, any interested student must submit a Pro Bono Scholars Application during the Clinic and Clinical Externship application period held during the spring semester of his or her second year.