Pro bono program
Wayne Law is devoted to training graduates who excel in the law and provide service to the community, the bench and the bar. The goal of the Wayne Law student voluntary pro bono program is to encourage law students to embrace the professional responsibility and social commitment to use their professional training to benefit under-served populations and the community at large.
In addition to the personal satisfaction derived from making a difference in the lives of others, program participants may reap a host of benefits, including:
- Hands-on legal training and experience
- Exposure to a variety of areas of law
- Practice settings and client bases
- Opportunity to develop professional relationships within the legal community
Wayne Law students who have completed the first term of the first-year day program or two terms of the part-time evening program, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and aren't on academic probation are eligible to participate in the Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program. Program participants complete the Warrior Pro Bono Pledge wherein the student agrees to perform a minimum of 50 hours of supervised, qualifying pro bono work while enrolled as a Wayne Law student. Students who fulfill the pledge and complete the requisite forms will receive a Certificate of Pro Bono Service and acknowledgment during law school ceremonies.
To assist program participants in fulfilling the pledge, the pro bono program director will suggest preapproved pro bono projects and/or placements involving qualifying work with private attorneys, faculty members, legal services organizations and other non-profit entities. Students also are strongly encouraged to propose independently developed projects or placements involving qualifying work.
For more information and to take the Warrior Pro Bono Pledge, visit our Canvas course.
Nonprofit organizations, such as legal services providers, community and government organizations, and law firms and individual attorneys handling matters on a free or reduced fee basis, may request volunteer law-related assistance from student participants in the Wayne Law Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program. Though the program cannot guarantee that student volunteers will be available, it will publicize the opportunity to participating students and make every effort to match interested students with the opportunity.
To learn more about the program and recruit pro bono student volunteers for long-term or short-term projects, or for volunteer events, complete the student volunteer request form.