Pro Bono Program
At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount.
UW Law’s Pro Bono Program encourages our law school community - students, faculty and staff - to provide high quality pro bono legal assistance. By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.
Law students are strongly encouraged to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation (30 hours for LLM, MJ and PhD students).
Students who attend pro bono core competency trainings and complete their pro bono hours prior to graduation receive an award and/or special recognition at graduation.
Students who lead and manage pro bono legal assistance projects also have a unique opportunity to have in-depth non-profit management consultations and take UW Law’s innovative leadership and management experiential course for social justice entrepreneurs, Pro Bono Advocacy.
Why do Pro Bono?
- Receive in-depth substantive and skills-based trainings.
- Receive in depth leadership development training and support.
- Receive client interviewing and counseling experience.
- Receive oral advocacy experience.
- Receive research and writing experience.
- Receive courtroom procedure and etiquette.
- Develop mentoring relationships.
- Network with devoted attorneys in public interest and private firms.
- Receive recognition and awards special notation at graduation (for members of the Pro Bono Honors Society only).
- Help increase equity and access to justice for underrepresented and marginalized communities.