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University of Idaho College of Law

University of Idaho
College of Law
P.O. Box 442321
Moscow, ID 83844
www.law.uidaho.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Rich Seamon
Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Administration and Students
E-mail
P: (208) 885-4977

Trapper Stewart
Pro Bono Program Director
University of Idaho College of Law
E-mail
P: (208) 885-6541

Anne-Marie Fulfer
Director of Career Services
E-mail
P: (208) 885-2742

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

Starting with the Class of 2006, each student will be required to complete 40 hours of pro bono legal service as a condition of graduation. The service must be provided without compensation and without academic credit. The requirement is met by work in any of the legal service categories enumerated in ABA Model Rule 6.1, regarding Pro Bono Publico Services

Location of Programs

The Pro Bono Program has a paid part-time Director responsible for all of its activities. Jack McMahon, Program Director, reports to the Associate Dean for Administration and Student Affairs. A Pro Bono Advisory Committee of faculty members and students works with the Program Director to approve pro bono placements, increase student involvement, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The Pro Bono Program has a paid part-time Director responsible for all of its activities. Jack McMahon, Program Director, reports to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. A Pro Bono Advisory Committee of faculty members and students works with the Program Director to approve pro bono placements, increase student involvement, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Funding

The program is funded by donations from private individuals, corporations, organizations and from district bar associations.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Law Students for Alternative Dispute Resolution – Law Students for Alternative Dispute Resolution has members that volunteer regularly to do a variety of mediations including small claims, civil mediations, and family mediations.

Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA) – VITA provides free tax assistance for low-income people.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

None listed

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Community Service

In order to receive funding from the Student Bar Association, groups must do two community service projects per year. The following are examples of community service projects that are done annually:

LSADR (Law Students for Alternative Dispute Resolution) has a relationship with Health and Welfare to find community service projects to benefit their community. Last year, LSADR helped provide new and used backpacks and other school supplies to foster children.

Women's Law Caucus sponsors two blood drives per year, does a donations drive for Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse (an organization that helps battered women), campaigns to raise awareness among law students of the problems of violence against women, and does an "Awareness Bake Sale" that highlights problems with sexism, racism, and other arbitrary distinctions/discriminations that many people are forced to bear the brunt of every day.

Health Law has participated in community service projects through Gritman Medical Center, the local hospital. They also distribute health pamphlets relating to stress, proper nutrition, and staying fit.

The Christian Law Society sends three or four members to the annual 4-H Know Your Government conference where they teach 4-H'ers the ins and outs of the Judicial Branch of government. The conference concludes with a mock trial with which the members assist. CLS also assists the local elderly in the fall with lawn care.

The Hunting and Fishing Association donates processed wild game to the Idaho Food Bank in Lewiston, Idaho.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Anne-Marie Fulfer
Director of Career Services
E-mail
P: (208) 885-2742

Maureen Laflin
Director of Clinical Programs
E-mail
P: (208) 885-6006

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

The College of Law provides students interested in public interest law with information about course selection. This information is intended to guide public interest students in choosing courses that will advance their understanding of, and their ability to eventually practice, public interest law. Our faculty – which is quite interested in, and supportive of, public interest law – makes itself available for course and career counseling in the public interest area.

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

Legal Aid Clinic – The College of Law offers six in-house clinics (collectively referred to as the "Legal Aid Clinic"): Appellate Clinic, General Practice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Tribal and Immigration Clinic, Small Business Legal Clinic, and the Victims' Rights Clinic. Students can take up to six credits in the Legal Aid Clinic.

Mini-clinics – The College of Law also has offered three mini-clinics or clinical labs this year: Bankruptcy Lab (a one-credit course which students in the regular Bankruptcy course could take to get practical experience); Children and the Law (a one-credit course associated with Family Law and Children and the Law seminar); and a one-credit Pro Se Clinic.

Externships/Internships

The College of Law offers four externship options for students. Semester in Practice – The Semester in Practice is a 12-credit option for third year students interested in spending their sixth semester in the Boise area working in the public sector or for a non-profit association. The Director of External Programs teaches a contemporaneous classroom component.

Public Service Externship - Externship students in the summer can earn up to five classroom credits in the Classroom Credit Public Service Externship. These students must attend a contemporaneous classroom component.

Public Externship – Some students participate in a Public Externship program, which does not have a classroom component. Students who select this option are generally in distant locations and unable to attend weekly classes. These students can apply for up to four non-classroom credits toward graduation.

During the academic year, students can do an externship with a public entity (again with the restriction that only four non-classroom credits can be applied toward graduation) or a private firm (one-credit externship opportunity).

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

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PI Career Support Center

The Director of the law school's Career Services Center works in cooperation with the student-run Public Interest Law Group to assist students who wish to pursue a career in public interest law.

Northwest Consortium Public Interest Career Fair

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:

The law school has a Public Interest Fellowship Program, funded with Idaho Law Foundation (IOLTA funds and other direct grants) grants and private donations. The program funds living expenses for students who work without pay in summer placements at public interest and public sector organizations.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

Public Interest Law Group. The Public Interest Law Group (PILG) serves law student contemplating careers in public interest law by providing stipends so that meritorious law students are able to accept unpaid public interest internships. The Group also forges contacts with successful public interest attorneys and organizations, provides public service volunteer opportunities, helps students navigate the challenges unique to the application process for public interest jobs and internships, and raises the visibility of public interest law at the University of Idaho.

August 7, 2018