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Washington and Lee University School of Law

Washington and Lee University
School of Law
Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
law.wlu.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Mary Z. Natkin
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education & Public Service; Clinical Professor of Law
427 Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
E-mail
P: (540) 458-8576
Fax: (540) 458-8488

Category Type

Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

Washington and Lee University School of Law provides both voluntary and mandatory pro bono and public service opportunities. All third-year law students are required to complete a course load consisting primarily of clinics, externships and practicums. A number of these offerings give students the opportunity to provide service to indigent clients or to investigate poverty law issues. Students must enroll in one "actual practice course," the majority of which are programs engaged in pro bono service. In addition, the Law School requires that all students complete at least 40 hours of law related service to the public and/or the legal profession during their third year. Those who complete more than 100 hours of uncompensated service are awarded a certificate and honored during commencement.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability. The Shepherd Program is a university-wide program in which law students interested in public interest or poverty law participate. The program consists of curricular and co-curricular components. These include course work and experiential opportunities available to those in the Shepherd Program but are also generally available to all law students. The Law School also facilitates and encourages the work of student organizations interested in poverty law issues, including the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice , the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Society, the Public Interest Law Students Association, the American Constitution Society and the National Lawyers Guild. Finally, the Law School offers the Shepherd Loan Repayment Assistance program, designed to provide financial assistance to graduates working in the public interest.

The Law School also facilitates summer internships and career placements focusing on service to indigent clients and hosts speakers and symposia addressing topics important to poverty and the law.

Location of Programs

Portions of the program exist as a "stand-alone" program and others exist within the clinical or externship program.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service

Funding

Law School Operating Budget

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Southwest Virginia Innocence Project
Public Interest Law Students Association
National Lawyers Guild
American Constitution Society
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Alpha Delta
Women Law Students Organization
Black Law Students Association

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty and administrators serve as advisors to student groups. Faculty are required to report their community work, including pro bono activities, annually in their Faculty Activities Report, which is submitted to the Dean, the Provost and the President.

Awards/Recognition

Law students that complete more than 100 hours of uncompensated law related service are awarded a certificate and honored at commencement.

Community Service

The University maintains a database where all students, undergraduate and law, report their community service work.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Mary Z. Natkin
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education & Public Service; Clinical Professor of Law
427 Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
E-mail
P: (540) 458-8576
Fax: (540) 458-8488

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability

Public Interest Centers

The Transnational Law Institute engages in human rights work globally. The Frances Lewis Law Center promotes faculty scholarship that describes or promotes legal change. The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability works locally and globally.

Public Interest Clinics

Black Lung Benefits Clinic
Citizenship and Immigration Clinic
Community Legal Practice Center
Criminal Justice Clinic
Tax Clinic
Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse

Externships/Internships

Judicial; Prosecutorial; Bankruptcy; "Other" in which students may extern with organizations that represent and serve indigent clients.

Classes with a Public Service Component

International Human Rights Practicum
Environmental Clinical Independent Study

Public Interest Journals

The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice http://law.wlu.edu/crsj/

PI Career Support Center

Lorri T. Olan
Director of Career Planning
P: (540) 458-8534
E-mail

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

The Washington and Lee University School of Law Shepherd Loan Repayment Assistance Program (the "LRAP") is designed to provide financial assistance to graduates working in the public interest at salaries below what their counterparts in the private sector are earning.

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:

Students working in the public sector during the summer are eligible for a limited number of work study position through The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability and through Career Planning. In addition, funding is available through Career Planning Grants, and the Sarah Eckhoff Fellowship. The Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) provides first and second year law students with summer grants supporting their work in the public interest. The grants are funded by a combination of sources including the Law School and community donations.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

The Law School and the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability sponsor speakers and symposia addressing topics important to poverty and the law.

Student Public Interest Groups

Environmental Law Society
Health Law Association
International Law Society
National Lawyers Guild
Public Interest Law Students Association
Shepherd Poverty Law Organization
Tax Law Society/VITA
Women Law Students Organization
American Constitution Society
Black Law Students Association
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Alpha Delta

August 7, 2018