Pro Bono

Pro bono work is the provision of legal services without compensation to individuals unable to pay or to entities working to protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights.

Qualifying Service

  • Participation in one or more of the law school’s approved projects;   
  • Alternate Spring Break: up to 30 hours of service may apply to the pro bono total;
  • Translation in connection with pro bono projects: up to 10 hours of service may apply to the pro bono total;
  • Occasionally, approval is granted for activities outside of law school pro bono projects, but only with pre-approval in writing from the Pro Bono Program 

 

Only activities that do not result in course credit or financial compensation count toward the Pro Bono Awards.

Honors

While volunteering in the community is an end in itself, the law school honors pro bono service by recognition at graduation. 

At graduation, the law school honors:

  • students who have volunteered 50 hours (10 or more hours in the final year) with a Pro Bono Award for Significant Service;
  • students who have volunteered 100 hours (10 or more hours in the final year) with a Dean’s Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service.

 

Questions?  Contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe, Assistant Director (pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu).

 

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