Pro Bono Opportunities: Information for Practitioners

  • Students have the option to participate in the Pro Bono Recognition Program, which honors law students who have successfully completed at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work at approved sites. For this program, law students may do pro bono legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a variety of settings.

    The work must be done without fee or expectation of remuneration or academic credit and may involve legal services for persons of limited means or participation in projects for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.

    Licensed attorneys are always needed to supervise students who are completing legal pro bono service. You can get involved in many different ways, such as:

    • Volunteering for two hours at a brief advice and counsel clinic for indigent clients, held once a month on weekday evenings throughout Columbus; students assist you with intake and interviewing of clients.
    • Working as a supervising attorney to an in-house program at the law school, such as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) or the Foreclosure Mediation Preparation Project; students assist clients in these programs, but need general supervision by licensed attorneys.
    • Serving as a judge for a moot court or mock trial competition, which are available at the high school, college, and law school levels; students serve as bailiffs for the competition.
    • Hosting a pro bono student clerk at your government agency, legal-related non-profit, or legal services entity.
     
    Employers/Supervising Attorneys
    Are you interested in providing pro bono opportunities to students as an employer or supervising attorney? 

    • For long-term volunteer positions, government agencies and non-profit offices are encouraged to create a Job Posting indicating that it is a volunteer position. 
    • For short-term projects and volunteer events, or to inquire about getting involved with existing projects, email Mary Nienaber, Pro Bono Coordinator, or call 614-236-6394.

    Disclaimer
    The Capital University Law School Pro Bono program cannot provide direct legal advice or services to members of the general public. Law students performing pro bono service must be supervised by a licensed attorney. For assistance in obtaining legal representation, please consider the following resources:
      

    Contact Mary J. Nienaber, Pro Bono Coordinator (614-236-6394) for more information on how to get involved with students’ pro bono work.