Pro bono work is legal work provided without compensation and is part of a lawyer’s professional responsibility. The University of San Diego School of Law has a strong tradition of students who have volunteered 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.
USD's Pro Bono Service Recognition exposes students to the professional and ethical obligation to perform public service work, and recognizes students for their pro bono contributions. Students who complete a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono legal service while in law school will receive a white cord to wear at commencement, a listing in the annual honors brochure, and a certificate.
Many of our law student volunteer opportunities are arranged through our varied student organizations. The Pro Bono Legal Advocates and Advocates for Children and Education are just two of the student groups who routinely organize volunteer opportunities.