List of Responding Schools
The Pro Bono Fellow is primarily funded through the Office of Student Affairs, but projects are co-produced by community partners and additional funding is provided by the community.
American University: Washington College of Law
The pro bono program is funded through law school operating funds. The budget is part of the overall budget for the Office of Public Interest and is not separately calculable.
Student organizations receive significant support through the school's Office of Public Interest, Office of Student Services, and the SBA, which receives significant funding from the law school's operating budget. In addition, student organizations share a large common space with computers, filing cabinets, supplies and more.
Appalachian School of Law: Appalachian School of Law
The community service program is funded as part of the law school's annual operating budget. The budget includes salary for the Director plus an additional amount for miscellaneous expenses associated with operating the program.
Arizona State University: Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
We seek grants to fund training, recruitment, publications, and workshops. We seek any and welcome funding to assist with student projects.
Student pro bono groups are provided a work center and access to facilities and students, such as ability to email the student body.
Arizona Summit Law School:
Ave Maria: School of Law
Barry University: School of Law
Funding and administrative assistance is provided for Pro Bono work as needed.
Boston College: Boston College Law School
Funding for the Pro Bono Program comes from Boston College Law School's general operating budget.
Boston University: Boston University School of Law
The Pro Bono Program is funded through the law school operating budget.
Brigham Young University: J. Reuben Clark Law School
Brooklyn Law School: Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn Law School provides financial assistance to pro bono projects on an ad hoc basis, and has established and maintains the Public Service Programs Office to provide ongoing support to established projects and to develop new projects as interest and opportunities arise.
California Western: California Western School of Law
There is no separate funding for the Pro Bono Program.
Campbell University: Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Office space and necessary office equipment is provided to student pro bono group projects.
The Pro Bono Council has dedicated office space at the law school and is provided with supplies and equipment. In addition, each pro bono project is funded to support project trainings and events and provide necessary materials and supplies.
Capital University Law School: Capital University Law School
A portion of the pro bono coordinator's salary is funded through an outside grant from a private trust. Incidental administrative support is provided by the law school through the Office of Professional Development budget.
Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve University Law School
The law school expends about $800 a year on the Street Law program.
Catholic University of America: Columbus School of Law
The Pro Bono Program at CUA Law is funded out of the Office of Career and Professional Development budget.
Chapman University: Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Administrative support is provided for faculty pro bono projects as in-kind assistance.
In Clinic Budget
CUNY School of Law is a public interest law center and law school, which is a New York State funded entity of the City University of New York.
The pro bono program is funded with hard money and has an annual budget of more than $85,000 per year. A few special projects (e.g., the 9/11 Immigrant Detainees Project and the Spring Break Caravans) are funded by special grants.
Pro bono group projects have the benefit of Center staff and Center equipment. Less frequently, Student Services provides assistance and support.
Student groups are given limited office space within the law school and general office equipment is available to these groups. Copy services are available as is assistance from staff and administration.
College of Law
In addition to a $1 million gift from Joan and Lyle Middleton, the Children's Rights Center receives funding from the Court Improvement Project. The Drake Legal Clinic is supported by a $4.5 million federally funded endowment that ensures continued service to students and the community.
The Pro Bono Program is fully funded by the Law School. An IOLTA Grant subsidizes a number of select Pro Bono Projects.
The Pro Bono Project is part of the budget of the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono.
Administrative support is provided to pro bono group projects.
Asministrative support is provided for faculty pro bono projects.
Elon provides financial assistance to pro bono projects on an ad hoc basis. The Office of Student Affairs provides ongoing support to established projects and works with students, as well as non- profit legal providers, to develop new projects as interest and opportunities arise.
Law school budget
Funding is provided in the law school's annual operating budget as well as special grants for clinics. The Jones' Public Interest Law Foundation works with the Clinical Director and CSO Director to develop means to raise money to provide financial assistance for students working in Public Interest or Public Service.
The program is funded through the law school's operating budget.
The FIU College of Law Pro Bono Program is funded by the FIU College of Law Center for Professionalism and Ethics.
The Pro Bono Program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Florida Bar Foundation.
The program does not have a budget. The Law School provides the administrative support necessary for pro bono-related activities such as 1) creating and maintaining the "Public Interest and Pro Bono" webpage on the law school's website, 2) maintaining the records for students who participate in the pro bono program, and 3) assisting with the Pro Bono Fairs. There are no computers or office space "devoted" to the pro bono program.
The pro bono program is funded entirely with Georgetown Law funds. The budget is part of the overall public interest budget and is not separately calculable. The Pro Bono Coordinator and the Office of Public Interest and Community Service provide administrative support for pro bono group projects.
Law school/Center for Access to Justice’s operating budget.
GGU annually commits resources to the Law Student Pro Bono Programs
Gonzaga's Center for Law in Public Service is funded in part through the Washington State Bar Association for its participation in the statewide Moderate Means Program and in part by contributions from Gonzaga Law School's Foundation. The remainder of the Center for Law in Public Service's funding comes from the Gonzaga Law Foundation.
Funding is provided through the law school budget and individual donor gifts.
The program is funded through the general law school budget.
EJP is funded through the Clinical Law Center budget as well as the Law School's budget. There is no separate budget for the program.
PIRC is funded by the law school.
The law school has made a commitment to fund the Pro Bono Program.
The Program is currently funded in part by a gift from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. The remaining funds are provided by the law school.
The Pro Bono Program is funded through a dedicated Public Interest Budget.
The school provides resources and space to a number of related programs and centers that host student volunteers
The Center for Career & Professional Development provides administrative support (including schedules, supplies, lesson distribution, and photocopies) for the law school's Street Law Program. A separate pro bono budget has not been established.
PILS is directly funded by the Law Center.
There is no budget funding beyond staff salaries for the program.
The Assistant to the Director is the Public Interest Law Department's Coordinator, who provides administrative support to pro bono group projects and to interested faculty.
Administrative assistance and student assistance through funding research assistant positions is provided for faculty pro bono projects.
In 1985, Congress provided Loyola University with federal funds to create an endowed Poverty Law Center in the name of Gillis W. Long. Congressman Long served the people of Louisiana in Washington DC from 1973 until his death in 1985 and was known for his commitment to the working and poor people of Louisiana.
The Pro Bono Coordinator is a salaried employee whose expenses, if any, are paid through the Loyola Law Clinic. The Pro Bono Program does not have a separate budget.
Faculty pro bono is supported in the way of travel or research funds for presentations, etc.
Law School Operating Budget
A recent, substantial gift to the law school has been set aside to support public interest activities. The faculty and administration are studying the details of possible uses for these funds.
HUSL underwrites the MJF staff attorney position with a substantial "donation" and in-kind office space, equipment and supplies.
The school provides a budget for the CLSR, which oversees the Pro Bono Program as part of its work.
The Office for Public Interest and Community Service is funded from the school's general operating budget. Pro bono group projects, especially those directed by a faculty member, are provided administrative support.
Student pro bono group projects are funded by law schools grants to student groups and, in some cases, outside funding as well.
Faculty pro bono is supported through usual administrative and secretarial support and funds on a case by case basis.
The Pro Bono Coordinator's position is funded through a federal grant.
Because the public interest requirement involves clinical instructors, other faculty members and CCOPA, portions of their salaries cover the cost of administering the program.
The School provides the use of faculty secretaries, computers and other office equipment and supplies in support of various pro bono projects.
The Pro Bono Service Program is funded through the law school's operating budget. The NKU Chase Street Law Program, a Chase pro bono project, received grant funding from the Kentucky Bar Foundation for the program's inaugural year.
If a student group needs office space or equipment, the law school generally accommodates the specific needs. The Public Interest Law Forum, Social Justice Forum, and Society of International Human Rights groups have staff support from Career Services, Student Affairs and Law School Alumni Relations Offices.
The Pro Bono Honor Program is supported by Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
Law School operating budget.
The program is funded through the Law School's budget allocations and was initiated with the assistance of a significant donation.
Administrative assistance, such as typing and mailing, is provided for faculty pro bono projects.
The Center was endowed by a generous grant from the Feinstein Foundation. The annual budget for the Center is approximately $332,000 (including benefits). This figure includes salaries of the Executive Director of the Feinstein Center, the Pro Bono & Experiential Learning Coordinator and a portion of the salaries of the Director of Pro Bono and Community Partnerships and the Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs, and operating expenses. The Pro Bono Collaborative budget is approximately $150,000. Funding for the PBC is provided by the law school, private donors, law firm contributions, an event, and other fundraising activities.
The Pro Bono Program is largely funded by a yearly grant from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. These funds are used to pay the student coordinator. The Co-Directors of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program, who oversee the Pro Bono Program in addition to their other responsibilities, are paid by the law school.
Law school, IOLTA grant, New Jersey Bar Foundation grant
The Law School provides office space, computers and secretarial support for pro bono group projects.
The Law School allows faculty to participate in pro bono projects as part of their normal duties and provides secretarial support for these projects. The Law School also reimburses faculty for expenses, such as mileage in connection with pro bono projects, and provides its library facilities and electronic research services to support faculty pro bono work.
School of Law support for Public Interest Programs
The Pro Bono Program is supported by St. Thomas Law.
Funding for the CCMC is provided through Samford University as well as grants and donations from the community.
The Public Interest Law Career Services (PILCS) coordinators work out of the Law Career Services department. Wages and overhead to support the activities for the PILCS coordinators is funded by Law Career Services. The Center for Social Justice and Public Interest has generously donated the funds to purchase the recognition award plaques annually.
AtJI has an office in the law school and is funded on hard and soft money. AtJI recently received a grant of $80,000 to implement two projects.
Full office and secretarial support is provided to pro bono group projects.
The Pro Bono Honors Program is funded by general law school revenue.
There is not a separate budget. Administrative support and funding is provided to support pro bono and public service programs. The same is provided for faculty pro bono projects.
The Pro Bono Program is funded by the law school as part of the Levin Center's budget. SLS provides office space, computers, and student organization funding to the student groups and in-house projects that do pro bono work. SLS also provides some financial support for pro bono projects. To cite one example, the Levin Center, the Center on Ethics and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation helped to defray the expenses of students who traveled to the Gulf Coast over spring break to perform legal services. Faculty members who are engaged in pro bono work that overlaps with their faculty activities may use the resources of SLS to support their efforts.
Stetson University College of Law solely manages the program.
The Pro Bono Program is funded through the operating budget of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.
The Law School provides office space and other supports not covered by the student groups' budgets. The annual budgets of the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Prison Task Force are determined and provided through student funds by the Student Bar Association, based on the student groups' budget requests. Special functions and activities of these student groups may also be funded through grants from the Dean of the Law School.
The Law School has also provided computers and furniture that has been refurbished from faculty offices and through donations. The Law School's information technology (IT) staff has provided computer technical support, as needed. Occasional secretarial support is provided if the group is unable to obtain assistance from the Student Bar Association.
The Law School will provide administrative and secretarial assistance for faculty pro bono projects.
The SUCOL Pro Bono Program is funded by the College of Law.
The pro bono program is funded by the law school. In addition, the law school provides student groups with an office, a computer and office supplies. Student groups can request funding for a pro bono project from the Student Bar Association in initial budget request or as needed throughout the year.
Administrative support is provided for faculty pro bono projects as needed.
The Program is funded by a budget line of approximately $10,000. It is also funded through donations from community benefactors.
The law school provides office and storage space for pro bono group projects and provides access to email, facsimile machines and printing and mailing services to facilitate communication with the student body at large and with entities outside the law school. Outside donations are also sought to underwrite the summer fellowships.
Funding for the Pro Bono Program comes from Texas Tech Law’s general operating budget.
Administrative support, such as graphic design, copying, and storage space, is provided to pro bono group projects.
The school has recently received a large gift from a unamed donor which is enabling us to open our Veterans Legal Services Clinic in conjunction with The Veteran's Village here in San Diego.
Program funding is through individual department, office, and administrative unit budgets. Fund raising events, grants, and individual donations also support projects and programs.
No specific budget; it is considered part of the responsibility of the Career Planning Office. Administrative support for pro bono group projects is provided through clinics and CPO.
The Program was originally funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. It is now funded through the law school budget. The school provides space and equipment to student-run and school-sponsored programs such as POPS, VITA and ELLA, and meeting rooms for training purposes for many other pro bono activities.
The Director of Akron Law's Civil Litigation Clinic, as part of the position's duties, devotes a portion of her time to coordinating the Program. She facilitates the Program, obtains appropriate community service / pro bono opportunities, and recruits students to participate in these opportunities. The Program Coordinator communicates opportunities to students via the Akron Law Community Service blog and via other forms of social media. The Program Coordinator also visits law classes to promote the ideals and benefits of community and pro bono public service, as well as specific available opportunities.
VLP is funded by numerous organizations and individuals throughout Arizona.
Funding is provided by the School of Law and the Robert Fussell Outstanding Pro Bono Award Fund.
The Altheimer Public Service Program is funded by a grant from the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation.
The King Hall Pro Bono Program is funded through general law school funds.
The law school provides administrative support to pro bono group projects on an as-needed basis.
To the extent possible, the law school provides staff and other (such as typing, copying or mailing) support to faculty engaged in pro bono projects.
The Law School provides office space and funding for pro bono group projects.
The Pro Bono Program is funded by UC Hastings. Student initiated pro bono projects receive technical support and may seek funding for specific efforts.
Funding for the Pro Bono Program is provided by UC Irvine School of Law.
Funding is allocated from a public interest fund.
The Public Service Pledge Program started in the fall of 2008 as a University of Colorado Institute for Ethical and Civil Engagement model project. It is partially funded by the Institute and partially funded by the Law School.
The Pro Bono Program is funded through a Law School Foundation endowment. The annual budget is in excess of $5,000.
Approval for administrative support for pro bono group projects is made on a case by case basis depending on the link between the particular project and the overall mission of the school.
There is no budget beyond the salary of the coordinator.
The Director of Public Interest is a non-tenured track (but long-term contract) faculty position. The Public Interest Coordinator is a salaried part-time position.
The Center for Career Services supports the Pro Bono Project through its annual budget.
The program is internally funded.
The program is funded by donations from private individuals, corporations, organizations and from district bar associations.
Administrative support is provided for every aspect of the pro bono activities at the College of Law. The nature of the support is dependent upon the requirements of each function. The student organizations are provided with supplies, funding, secretarial assistance, mailing, administrative guidance, and many other forms of assistance. Upon request, any pro bono activity is provided with a wide variety of other administrative assistance and support.
The College of Law faculty are provided with a professional expense allowance which can be used to satisfy their service obligations, which may involve pro bono service.
The salaries of the CLP Director and research assistants, and select program and activities, are funded through Iowa Law's operational budget. Student organizations raise additional funds for pro bono programs and activities.
This program is included in the budget of the Office of Career Services, and goes back at least as far as 1996.
VITA is given office space, administrative and secretarial support, computers, telephones, and supplies.
Each faculty member receives an annual Professional Development Account, which may be used to help fund pro bono activities related to the faculty member's professional research and interests. Administrative assistance is provided as needed.
University funding, unless otherwise specified.
General law budget.
Principal funding for the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is provided through an endowment created by Richard and Jane Eskind and by annual gifts from Louisville attorney John S. Greenebaum. Ms. Eskind and Mr. Greenebaum have made their donations to honor their father, the late Samuel L. Greenebaum, a Louisville legal and civic leader. The annual budget is $100,087.
Clinical Law Program
The Pro Bono Program budget is part of the budget of the Career Services Office within which the program is located, which is funded through the law school's operating budget.
Registered student organizations occasionally receive funding for service projects.
The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center is supported by the School of Law, private donors and grants.
The Pro Bono Program is funded primarily through the Office of Public Service. Student pro bono group projects are occasionally funded by law school grants to student groups and, in some cases, outside funding as well.
Faculty pro bono is either supported through OPS or the usual administrative and secretarial support; if additional funds are needed, they are funded on a case by case basis.
The U of M Law School provides MJF with an annual donation and in-kind office space, technology, and supplies. In addition, MJF relies on funding from the other Minnesota law schools, private donors, government grants, and foundations.
The clinics are on hard money. The law school provides some administrative assistance for faculty pro bono work.
Secretarial support and funding is provided for student pro bono group projects.
Research assistants and secretarial support is provided for faculty pro bono projects.
The first year pro bono, Clinical Law, an Externship programs are all supported by the UNM School of Law's operating budget.
The UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program is funded by private donations, and annual fundraising efforts.
The Pro Bono Board also actively fundraises for special trips and programs during both fall and spring semesters. Below are examples of annual fundraising activities:
- Food Truck Rodeo – each semester various Triangle food trucks congregate at UNC Law during the day, donating tips and a percentage of profits to the Pro Bono Program;
- Merchandise Sales – items are sold in the law school rotunda as well as during UNC Law events such as Law Family Day and Commencement.
- Mailing Solicitation – students participating in special trips (fall, winter, and/or spring break) solicit donations from friends, family members, and local businesses via solicitation mailings.
The College of Law provides funding for the program. Public Interest Summer fellowships are funded through a combination of school funding and donations.
Operated and funded through the Career Services budget, the budget for the pro bono program is approximately $5,000 annually. In addition, the Pro Bono Committee receives secretarial support, work space, computers (where necessary) and funding through the Career Services Office.
Faculty members are provided a faculty expense allowance which may, in their discretion, be used for expenditures related to pro bono service.
This year, the VITA program secured a $50.00 gift from BARBRI to help defray additional program costs.
Our array of student pro bono projects represents the entrepreneurial spirit of Penn Law Students. These projects form the core of Penn Law's pro bono experience by offering opportunities for students to create, lead, and engage in initiatives that impact underserved populations. Many of the projects also incorporate a cross-disciplinary focus as Penn Law students work with graduate students across campus. Click here for more information about our Student Pro Bono Projects.
Student pro bono groups have access to Career Services Office and Student Affairs Office. Student organizations have used a combination of student organization funding and the law school funding to help defray travel expenses for pro bono projects.
Faculty are allowed to use School of Law resources, including school-compensated research assistants, in aid of external service activity.
The first years of The Enlace Program it received grant money from the LSAC.
Established as a result of generous donations to the law school from Theodore and Laura Lee Chandler, and David and Michelle Baldacci. University further supports its operations.
The Public Service Board is funded through the law school's operating budget.
The Pro Bono Program is funded by USF School of Law.
The Program is funded by the Law School with annual budget of approximately $100,000
Limited funding is provided through the Law School Foundation to student organizations which annually submit funding requests to the Dean.
Pro bono work at the Law School is supported through the Law School budget, foundations, donations from individuals and law firms.
In addition to the position of Access to Justice Coordinator, the College provides an annual budget to support pro bono programming as described below. Funds are also made available each year through direct donations made by both the student organizations as well as law firms in the greater Tennessee area. In addition to the fellowships described below, the College supports UT Pro Bono by: providing it with office space and technology, and supporting an annual UT Pro Bono recognition event. The majority of the organization's resources are the hours contributed by student officers, coordinators and volunteers, and by the faculty advisers and practitioners who work with UT Pro Bono.
The law school provides support of various kinds to other student pro bono efforts which includes assistance with student travel to pro bono conferences, such as Equal Justice Works, as well as travel for Alternative Spring Break projects. The school also has a system whereby all student organizations, including those focused on pro bono and public interest, can submit budgets and apply for a modest organizational stipend to cover expenses for food, supplies, etc.
The Pro Bono Program is a part of the William Wayne Justice Center, an endowed center. In addition, the William Wayne Justice Center actively seeks financial support earmarked for the Pro Bono Program.
The programs are funded through the law school's operating budget.
Law School Budget
Operating budget. An endowment and fundraising for summer stipends.
Financial support for the Pro Bono Initiative is sought through mixed sources including grants/foundations, firms, individuals, and alumni.
Project-specific grant funding from Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.
The University of Washington School of Law supports the clinics, the externship program and the Pro Bono Honors Program
The Pro Bono Program has benefited significantly from external sources of funding including a Wisconsin State Bar Pro Bono Initiative grant to fund a pilot project for our program and an AmeriCorps VISTA grant from Wisconsin Campus Compact. The University of Wisconsin Law School has supported the program by providing matching funds toward the AmeriCorps VISTA position and salary for a part-time Director position. In addition to contributing to staff funding, the law school supports the program by covering a number of overhead costs such as space in the law school's Economic Justice Institute.
There is no designated funding for the pro bono program. However, the above-named salaried employees do administer the program as part of their job responsibilities.
The Law School provides student pro bono groups with office space, computer access, the use of the Law School website and bulletin boards, and the cost of photocopying and other miscellaneous expenses. The Law School also created the full-time position of Director of Public Services Careers and Pro Bono Programs to provide support for the student pro bono projects.
The Law School provides the same financial and administrative assistance for faculty pro bono projects as for other faculty service projects.
Funding for the Pro Bono Project, Director of Outreach position, public interest speakers, and the Public Interest Retreat is primarily provided through the Office of the Dean. Student fundraising helps support the Public Interest Organization's summer public interest and public service grants.
Law School Operating Budget
The Public Service Project is part of the Office of Student Affairs budget.
The Pro Bono projects are self-funded.
The Public Service Program and all institutionally supported public interest programs are supported through the school's operating fund.
Pro bono activities are funded through existing law school funds and from funds donated to our clinical programs.
Administrative support for pro bono group projects is provided through the Office of Career Services or through the clinical program.
The Public Interest Resource Center is funded both by the school and by private donations. The school pays most salaries and operating expenses. Private donations fund stipends for public interest student work, as well as costs associated with a few specific projects.
The Public Interest Resource Center is funded both by the school and by private donations. The school pays most salaries and operating expenses. Private donations fund stipends for public interest student work, as well as costs associated with a few specific projects.
The Program is funded through the Placement Office.
Funding for staff and programmatic activities is provided through the Law School operating budget.
The Law School funds the pro bono program and provides office space, computers, and student organization funding to the student groups that do pro bono work. Faculty members who are engaged in pro bono work that overlaps with their faculty activities may use the resources of the Law School to support their efforts.
Funded by the Law School/University as part of the Career Services budget. The Law School provides office space, computers and some funding for pro bono group projects.
Updated on: 7/18/2018