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Valparaiso University Law School

Valparaiso University Law School
656 S. Greenwich Street
Wesemann Hall
Valparaiso, IN 46383
www.valpo.edu/law/

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Robyn M. Rucker J.D.
Associate Director, Career Planning
Valparaiso University Law School
656 S. Greenwich Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
P: (219) 465-7972
F: (219) 465-7914
E-mail

Victoria Ryan J.D.
Senior Director, Career Planning
Valparaiso University Law School
656 S. Greenwich Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
P: (219) 465-7899
F: (219) 465-7914
E-mail

Professor Ivan Bodensteiner
656 South Greenwich Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
P: (219) 465-7852
F: (219) 465-7872
E-mail

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement.

Description of Programs

Students must complete a minimum of sixty (60) hours of pro bono service in order to graduate from Valparaiso Law. Pro bono service is defined as legal or law-related service, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, Law Faculty member, or judge. Full-time students must perform the service after completion of their first year. Part-time students must perform the service after completion of thirty (30) credit hours. All pro bono hours must be completed two weeks before the last day of classes in the student's final semester of law school before graduation.

Location of Programs

Career Planning Center/Law School Registrar

Staffing/Management/Oversight

Career Planning staff members Victoria Ryan and Robyn Rucker are responsible for the administration and oversight of the Pro Bono Program.

Funding

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.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

None listed

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. It is taken into account when faculty members are considered for promotion and tenure.

Awards/Recognition

Students who perform eighty (80) hours or more of pro bono service will receive the notation "Commendation ______hours" which will be entered on their final law school transcript.

Community Service

None listed

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Robin M. Rucker, J.D.
Associate Director, Career Planning
P: (219) 465-7972
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Graduates who complete 40 or more Pro Bono hours in their third year receive a Pro Bono Commendation on their law school transcript.

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

Civil
Criminal
Domestic Violence
Immigration
Juvenile
Mediation
Post-Conviction
Sports
Tax

Externships/Internships

Valparaiso University Law School puts a great deal of focus on instilling a deep understanding of legal theory and translating it into practical, real-world lawyering. The Externship Program, started in 1985 with only two positions, has since grown to more than 90 approved offerings in over 176 discrete offices in which students can work as externs for academic credit. Externship inquiries should be directed to the school's Director of Externships, Professor Derrick Howard at E-mail. Career Planning also promotes many pro bono internship opportunities with local and national public interest employers including legal services organizations, non-profits, courts and government agencies.

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Valparaiso University Law School is a member of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium. The Consortium has an active public interest group that plans and implements public interest programming for law students. Examples of law student programming include the Meet the Public Interest Employers Reception and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference. The law school also subscribes to PSJD, an online clearinghouse that contains public interest job listings and career-building resources. Finally, as funding allows, the school provides travel assistance grants for students who would like to participate in public interest related events like the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

Valparaiso University Law School offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to recent graduates that are currently working in the public interest sector. The LRAP was developed to provide financial assistance to Valparaiso Law graduates that have accumulated a substantial amount of student loan debt from educational loans. The program provides assistance for up to three years following graduation, if a graduate holds a full-time, law-related position in the public interest sector, and meets the LRAP's eligibility requirements. For additional information, please contact Robyn Rucker at E-mail.

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

Valparaiso University Law School offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to recent graduates that are currently working in the public interest sector. The LRAP was developed to provide financial assistance to Valparaiso Law graduates that have accumulated a substantial amount of student loan debt from educational loans. The program provides assistance for up to three years following graduation, if a graduate holds a full-time, law-related position in the public interest sector, and meets the LRAP's eligibility requirements. For additional information, please contact Robyn Rucker at E-mail.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

Established in 2014, the Valparaiso University Law School Poverty Law Fellowship aims to develop future legal leaders in the struggle for economic justice in the United States. Each year two second year students will be selected as Fellowship recipients. Each will receive subsidies to learn and to work in poverty law. The fellowship operates as follows:

  1. During the spring 2L semester, Fellows will engage in academic work with law school faculty on poverty law.
  2. There will be a subsidized (up to $7,500) three month learning/work experience in the summer before third year. Fellows will participate in legal work during the summer months with experienced lawyers practicing in legal issues of the poor. For summer '15 placements included the Sargent Shriver Center (Chicago), ICLU (Indianapolis) and Indiana Legal Services (Indianapolis and various sites throughout northwest and central Indiana).

The Summer Public Interest Stipend (SPIS) was established to encourage first-year and second-year students to explore public interest work. Students are encouraged to apply for one of the twenty available positions for a Summer Public Interest Stipend if they are working ten weeks during the summer for employers located in the United States that serve underserved populations, such as public defenders, nonprofits, or legal services, and are not receiving any awards or compensation, or academic credit, for their work.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

Equal Justice Works is the law student organization dedicated to meeting the needs of public interest minded students.

August 7, 2018