USD School of Law has a strong tradition of students who volunteer their time in the San Diego community. Engaging in pro bono work while in law school encourages students to be lifelong volunteers and helps students recognize that pro bono work is an integral part of a balanced lifestyle.
Students who qualify for Pro Bono Service Recognition have completed 100 or more hours of pro bono work throughout their law school career. To qualify as pro bono work, students may not receive academic credit or compensation of any kind. Students may gain credit by volunteering with one of the many student organizations offered at USD, including Pro Bono Legal Advocates and Advocates for Children and Education. Other ways to receive credit include working extra hours at one of US D’s legal clinics or with a governmental, charitable, or educational organization. This year, 50 students were recognized with the Pro Bono Service Recognition.
“Pro bono work allows students to give back while gaining valuable experience," said Erin Lupfer, '17 (JD), one of the students honored this year. “Externing at the U.S. District Court allowed me to see the law in action and appreciate the importance of good legal representation. I feel lucky that the firm I will join encourages its lawyers to take on pro bono cases.”