Pro Bono and Public Interest 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 Pro Bono and Public Interest Program is to encourage law students to embrace the professional responsibility of serving indigent and underserved populations, and to encourage future lawyers to incorporate public service into their careers.
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
- 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 are in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the Student Pro Bono and Public Interest Program. Program participants must complete the Wayne Law Pro Bono and Public Interest Pledge wherein the student agrees to perform a minimum of 50 hours of supervised, qualifying pro bono/public interest 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 and Public Interest Service and acknowledgment during law school graduation ceremonies.
To assist program participants in fulfilling the Pledge, the Program Assistant 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 Wayne Law pro Bono and Public Interest 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 and Public Interest 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.