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For Spring Break, An Opportunity to Serve

3/8/2018  -  While Spring Break can be a time for relaxation or, perhaps more commonly, catching up on school work and preparing for finals, many Capital Law students instead choose community service.

With Capital Law School’s break fast approaching, there are several ways for students to get involved in pro bono activities. Clinics will be held each day of Spring Break, March 12 to 16, which are spread over eight locations around Columbus. Students will assist low-income clients with brief legal issues at these clinics, while under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Any law student is eligible to participate in these clinics, and the hours they volunteer will count towards Pro Bono Legal honors.

The law school itself will be hosting a Clean Slate Clinic in conjunction with Columbus Legal Aid on March 14, and law students will be assisting attorneys in helping eligible individuals with criminal convictions obtain expungements. Twenty-five students are already signed up for this clinic.

“This is a great opportunity for Capital law students to help fill the gap in access to justice in our community,” says Ashley Messick, the Law School’s pro bono coordinator. “And, it’s a fantastic way to gain legal experience.”

“Capital University Law School is committed to community engagement and service,” says Dean Rachel M. Janutis. “Our Pro Bono program is just one way we strive to do so, during Spring break and throughout the year.”

To volunteer, interested students should contact Ashley at by March 12. Spots go quickly, so please email soon!