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Western State University College of Law

Western State University College of Law
1111 North State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
www.wsulaw.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Tim Mallory
Director of Career Services and Public Service
E-mail

Category Type

A Formal Voluntary Program characterized by a referral system with a coordinator.

Description of Programs

In the school's programming and course of study, the faculty attempts to inculcate an ethic of public service. Central to this effort is the Public Service Program which provides resources, programs, and placements to enable students to use their developing legal skills to provide assistance to their communities and to the underprivileged. Student service is approved by the Director and subject to faculty oversight. Public interest service is recognized throughout the law school community in the form of awards, certificates and transcript notations. The program also recognizes public interest service of a non-legal nature that nevertheless supports and reinforces the program's mission.

Location of Programs

The Public Service Program is sited in the Career Services Office in Suite 212.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The program is administered by the Director of Career Services and Public Service with the assistance of the Alumni/Career Services Coordinator. Policies and procedures are subject to oversight by the faculty.

Funding

The Public Service Program and all institutionally supported public interest programs are supported through the school's operating fund.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty pro bono service is strongly encouraged and is one of the criteria for review and tenure.

Awards/Recognition

  • Certificate of Public Service - 40+ hours of public service
  • Certificate of Distinguished Public Service - 100+ hours of public service
  • Certificate of Exemplary Public Service - 200+ hours of public service
  • Wallace Davis Public Service Award
  • Robert Green Public Service Award

     

Community Service

Student Bar Association, student organizations, and fraternity coordinate student participation in food, clothing, and school supply drives; disaster relief efforts; blood drives; shelter visitations; Habitat for Humanity projects, to name a few.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

None listed

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Criminal Law Certificate includes public interest externships.

Public Interest Centers

The Criminal Law Practice Center coordinates criminal law related public interest projects.

Public Interest Clinics

The Western State Legal Clinic accepts a wide range of public interest cases.

Externships/Internships

  • Project Innocence Externship
  • Public Defender Externship
  • Legal Aid Externship
  • Fair Housing Externship
  • Judicial Externships

     

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

Public Service webpage is a component of the Career Services website.

PI Career Support Center

The Career Services Office provides staffing and administrative support for the Public Service Program, as well as student, alumni and faculty initiated public interest projects.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

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:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

Association for Human Rights Awareness

Criminal Law Association

National Lawyers Guild

VITA

August 7, 2018