Volunteer Legal Experience
Checklist for Volunteer Legal ExperienceVolunteer Opportunities 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, and no financial compensation of any sort is received by the student.
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.
For a non-exhaustive list of opportunities that satisfy the Public Service Requirement, but may or may not be eligible for externship credit given the nature of the work, visit the List of Volunteer Legal Experience/Public Good Opportunities. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.
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.