- Information for Supervisors
- Information for Students
- Volunteer Legal Experience
A Volunteer Legal Experience is one way to satisfy the Public Service Requirement. It allows a JD student to perform 50 hours of supervised, uncompensated legal work, at a government agency, judicial chambers, nonprofit organization, or private firm, as long as the work at the firm is pro bono.
You can find an opportunity at a nonprofit, government agency, or judicial chambers on your own, or through the Legal Externship Program.
You can find a pro bono opportunity at a private firm on your own, or through the Pro Bono Research Project.
A Volunteer Legal Experience requires:
- Work to be supervised by someone who has been licensed to practice law in any state or combination of states for at least 3 years.
- The completion of a Student Certification and Evaluation Form by the last day of classes in the semester you will graduate.
- The completion of a Supervisor Certification and Evaluation Form (to be done by the supervisor) by the last day of classes in the semester you will graduate.
Completing a Volunteer Legal Experience is beneficial for those students who are not planning on satisfying the Public Service Requirement through other opportunities (please see Ways to Satisfy the PSR for a complete listing of the methods in which you may satisfy the PSR) AND for those students who already engaged in work that would satisfy the PSR while enrolled as a JD student provided it was after the completion of their first year (day or evening).
Review the Checklist for important notes about the Volunteer Legal Experience.