Who May Participate
Any law student currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Law School may participate in the Pro Bono Program. Interested law students may apply to any pro bono project approved by the Pro Bono Program. Students who document their hours and meet other requirements will become eligible for induction into the Pro Bono Society.
Students are responsible for reporting any pro bono hours they wish to have counted for recognition from the Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Program may verify student hours with project supervisors once they are recorded.
Students who commit to a pro bono project must complete the assigned project unless they are released with the express permission of both the Pro Bono Program Director and the Project Supervisor. Any student who, after accepting an assignment from a pro bono host organization, does not complete the assignment may be suspended from future participation in the Pro Bono Program.
Pro Bono Advising
Students are encouraged to request individual advising sessions with Pro Bono Program staff to identify and apply for projects tailored to their interests and to become eligible for recognition for their service. However, these sessions are not prerequisites to pro bono participation.
"Participating in the Pro Bono Program has allowed me to continue my community involvement in a more formalized way. This year, my participation with the Pro Bono Program was two-fold: I both served as the student coordinator of two Pro Bono Program opportunities and worked on an individual pro bono case in the community.
"Throughout my experiences, I had the privilege of working with community members, local practioners, law students, and clients. Specifically, my pro bono work with a local immigration attorney on an asylum case helped me to truly embody UW's 'Law in Action' approach, as we prepared our case for a hearing in Chicago's Immigration Court.
"Above all else, the Pro Bono Program allows law students to serve individuals in our community that need help the most. This program instills the value of pro bono service, something that all of us can take with us into the legal profession following graduation."
Kathryn S. Finley, J.D./M.A. Candidate 2013