Delaware Law encourages students to help increase access to justice by performing pro bono service. Lawyers in the United States are recommended under American Bar Association’s (ABA Model Rule 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Service) ethical rules to contribute at least fifty hours of pro bono service per year. Pro Bono Publico is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. Pro bono service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of attorneys to provide legal services to those who are unable to afford them.
Delaware Law recognizes students who perform a significant amount of volunteer legal work with pro bono distinction at graduation. Students who have performed at least 60 hours of pro bono legal service during law school, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, are eligible for recognition if the following criteria are satisfied:
Questions? Contact Catherine Zwolak Kilian, Esq. at [email protected].
To discuss pro bono opportunities for you, first complete and return the PIRC Student Volunteer Form to [email protected] PIRC will then contact you via email to schedule a time to discuss pro bono opportunities for you.
Already chose your pro bono position? Remember, every student must have written approval by the PIRC Director confirming that the pro bono position qualifies for pro bono distinction. Need approval? Complete and return the Student Pro Bono Position Approval Form to [email protected].
Be proactive! Review the Student PIRC Packet to learn how to track and verify all of your pro bono hours. In order to submit pro bono hours, students must provide a completed Student PIRC Packet to the Career Development Office (this includes an assessment and verification to be completed and signed by the supervising attorney) by the below listed deadlines.
|If you volunteered during the…||then your form is due by…|
|Fall Semester||the last day of Fall Semester classes.|
|Spring Semester & are not graduating this year||the last day of Spring Semester classes.|
|Spring Semester & are graduating this year||Friday, March 29, 2019|
|Summer||the first week of Fall Semester classes.|