Save the Date
We will be holding our Pro Bono Program Pizza Panel on January 30 from 5:30PM- 7:00PM in Lubar Commons (Room 7200). The Pizza Panel is a chance to learn about current and upcoming pro bono opportunities from students and supervisors.
- You will need your university Net ID and Password to access the form.
- If you volunteer at multiple sites please submit a separate form for each site as the form will only let you select one host site at a time.
- If you are submitting hours for an individual placement (i.e. an opportunity that is not listed in our host site drop down menu), please submit a Student Project Proposal to ensure that the host site meets our eligibility criteria.
- Work tasks that are not listed in our drop down menu are not guaranteed to be eligible for the Pro Bono Society requirement. Feel free to send us an email if you have questions about a certain task.
- If you perform over 10 hours of pro bono work in a day, please submit them as 2 separate entries.
- A maximum of 6 training hours can be submitted for each student (i.e. if you receive 4 hours of UAC training and 3 hours of TRC training, we will only count 6 hours toward induction in the Pro Bono Society).
- No travel time can be counted towards induction in the Pro Bono Society.
- The next time you log in after having recorded your hours, you will have a table of recorded hours at the top of the form. Please note that these are recorded hours, not approved hours. Approved totals will still be sent out via email.
- You may either submit your hours as you complete them or submit them all at the end of the semester. However, you cannot save the form mid-progress. Once you press "submit," the form will be saved and you will not be able to go back and edit it.
- Hours submitted on paper forms will still count and will still be reflected in the total approved hour emails. Please do not re-enter "old" hours that you have submitted in the past.
Access to Justice Committee is Seeking a Project Volunteer
September 26th, 2013
The Access to Justice Committee focuses on developing and encouraging means of expanding access to the civil justice system for unrepresented low-income Wisconsin residents. This semester the Access to Justice Committee is seeking one law student to research what portion of other states' pro hoc vice application fees goes towards civil legal services. The research will be used to create a memorandum, to be submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The volunteer will work approximately 4-5 hours per week and the project will end in December. For more details and how to apply please click here.
Midwest Environmental Defense Center (MEDC) is Seeking Legal Interns
May 20th, 2013
MEDC’s mission is to protect and restore the environment, natural resources, and public health of the upper Midwest by ensuring that laws designed to protect us are applied and enforced as they were intended. MEDC is looking for two student volunteers to start immediately and in September and serve until the end of semester in both instances. The students will be expected to volunteer approximately 4 hours per week. For more information and how to apply please click here.
The mission of the University of Wisconsin Law School's Pro Bono Program is to provide its students and faculty with opportunities to deliver pro bono legal services to underserved members of our community.
What is Pro Bono?
The term comes from the Latin "Pro Bono Publico," which means "for the public good."
Commitment to Excellence
The UW Law School is committed to excellence in legal education, which involves offering substantial opportunities for student participation in pro bono activities. Students who participate in the Pro Bono Program are provided with hands-on opportunities to develop professional skills under the supervision of practicing lawyers, law faculty members, and other licensed professionals while exploring the ABA's ethical standards, which state that lawyers should aspire to provide 50 hours per year of pro bono legal services to people of limited means or nonprofit organizations that serve the poor.
"The Pro Bono Program is an excellent resource available to the
students here at the University of Wisconsin. It provided me with a
great opportunity to obtain real world experience beyond the lessons
learned in the classroom, writing memos, reviewing expert testimony,
providing research in a capital case, and assisting valued members of
the community to prepare their wills. This can be especially helpful to
students who do not have time outside of school and family to pursue a
full-time internship. A key part of our role as future lawyers is to
help people, and the Pro Bono Program helps you do just that."