What Counts As Pro Bono?
The following criteria must be met for a student's work to qualify as pro bono service:
1. The activity must be law related. Law-related means that the activity will require the law student’s utilization of legal skills in performing the activity.
2. The activity of the law student must be supervised and/or approved by an attorney. At a minimum, the attorney must review the student’s work product.
3. The law-related services must be provided for free or at a substantially reduced rate (whether reduced rate work will qualify as pro bono may depend on several factors, including the actual rate being charged the client, whether the attorney would normally bill for work performed by students, the economic factors preventing the client from obtaining full-rate services, and the population affected by the legal issues involved).
4. The law-related activities must be on behalf of:
a. person(s) of limited financial means; or
b. person(s) with limited access to legal representation; or
c. nonprofit, civic, community, religious or governmental organizations.
5. The following precludes the activity from qualifying as pro bono service:
a. Receiving class credit for the activity
b. Receiving monetary compensation for the activity
c. Work done on law journals
d. Work resulting in submission of writing into competition or other journals
e. Work on law related symposiums, conferences, and panel discussions
f. Any and all fund-raising activities
Can hours worked as part of a clinical course or internship or externship count toward my recognition for pro bono work?
No. Work for pay or credit may not count towards pro bono accrual. Work performed beyond the requirements for an internship, externship or course and for which the student does not receive extra course credit may count as pro bono work as long as the organization qualifies under the definition of pro bono work and the student receives prior approval from the Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities.
I volunteer for a nonprofit/government agency, but I do not do legal work. Can those hours count toward my recognition?
No. Only law-related pro bono service work may count towards recognition.
How do I find pro bono opportunities?
A list of current pro bono opportunities may be found here.
May I propose my own pro bono project?
Yes. Students are encouraged to propose pro bono projects based upon their specific interests. To submit a proposal, please complete and submit the Pro Bono Project Proposal Form found here. All pro bono projects must be approved by the Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities.
How do I report my pro bono hours?
It is important that pro bono hours are reported so that students receive credit towards recognition criteria established by Campbell Law and the NC Bar Association. Training hours may be included as long as the training is followed by the minimum number of service hours required by the specific project. Click here to report pro bono service hours.
I am a 1L student. Are there pro bono opportunities available for me?
There are limited opportunities available to 1L students. Further, we encourage all first year students to be cautious about taking on additional responsibilities. Opportunities available to 1L students will be denoted as such and will require a limited time commitment, no advanced research and writing, and most likely be limited in scope. Some pro bono projects require certification under the Student Practice Rule by the NC State Bar which requires students to have completed three semesters of law school.
Are my community service hours tracked differently than my pro bono hours?
Yes. All pro bono hours must be reported on the Pro Bono Service Log form and submitted to the Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities. All community service hours are entered online by each student at this link based on the honor system. For more information about community service opportunities, click here.