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Charleston School of Law

Charleston School of Law
P.O. Box 535
Charleston, SC 29403
www.charlestonlaw.org

Law School Pro Bono Programs 

Contact Information

Michelle Mensore Condon, Esq.
Director of Public Service and Pro Bono
Charleston School of Law
444 King Street (physical address)
PO Box 535 (mailing address)
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: (843) 377-2457
Fax: (843) 853-6577
E-mail

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

As part of the Charleston School of Law's mission to instill within its students a commitment to public service, the Director of Public Service and Pro Bono develops and assists in coordinating a variety of pro bono opportunities for students. These placements allow students to work with attorneys practicing in the public interest legal sector and meet or exceed the 30 hours of pro bono work the School of Law requires for graduation.

The Director of Public Service and Pro Bono works to provide students with the opportunity to experience meaningful pro bono service in a broad range of contexts. Students begin fulfilling their pro bono requirement after they have completed two semesters of law school. During their first two semesters, students may earn pro bono credit for specially designated programs the Dean or Director of Public Service and Pro Bono has approved.

Each student is responsible for selecting a placement, contacting that office, arranging to do the work, completing the work, and submitting the required pro bono certification form. To qualify for credit, the work must be law-related and supervised by a licensed attorney. Clerical work is appropriate only to the extent needed to carry out the overall legal task.

Generally students will receive pro bono credit when a student works without pay or academic credit for a public interest attorney or for a private attorney when he or she has taken a case on a pro bono or appointed basis. A public interest attorney is an attorney employed by an organization that is educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit in nature.

The Director of Public Service and Pro Bono has developed a list of over 130 approved pro bono sites. The supervising attorney at these sites has agreed to allow students to contact him or her to inquire whether the student might be able to perform pro bono work for the attorney. To receive credit for performing work at sites not on the approved pro bono site list, students must obtain approval from the Dean or the Director of Public Service and Pro Bono.

Student also can gain practical legal experience through the Externship Program.

Location of Programs

Department of Career Services

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The Director of Public Service and Pro Bono, within the Department of Career Services, manages the program. The Assistant to the Director provides administrative support.

Michelle Mensore Condon, Esq.
Director of Public Service and Pro Bono
Charleston School of Law
444 King Street (physical address)
PO Box 535 (mailing address)
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: (843) 377-2457
Fax: (843) 853-6577
E-mail

Autumn J. Jones
Pro Bono
Externship Program
Center for Dispute Resolution
Charleston School of Law
414 King Street (physical address)
PO Box 535 (mailing address)
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: (843) 377-2454
Fax: (843) 579-2206
E-mail

Funding

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty must complete 30 hours of pro bono work every three years.

Awards/Recognition

Students who complete 100 hours or more of pro bono work receive special recognition at awards day and graduation.

Community Service

The Charleston School of Law has over 35 student organizations, many of which participate in community service projects.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

The Director of Public Service and Pro Bono, within the Department of Career Services, manages the program. The Assistant to the Director provides administrative support.

Michelle Mensore Condon, Esq.
Director of Public Service and Pro Bono
Charleston School of Law
444 King Street (physical address)
PO Box 535 (mailing address)
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: (843) 377-2457
Fax: (843) 853-6577
E-mail

Autumn J. Jones
Pro Bono
Externship Program
Center for Dispute Resolution
Charleston School of Law
414 King Street (physical address)
PO Box 535 (mailing address)
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: (843) 377-2454
Fax: (843) 579-2206
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

None listed

Externships/Internships

The Charleston School of Law Externship Program provides its students with a unique, real world experience outside of the classroom. Through the Externship Program, students gain practical experience in a variety of legal professions, while earning academic credit.

The externship experience (a) assists students in exploring a particular area of interest of their choice at a field-placement site, (b) exposes students to the operation of the legal system, (c) enhances students' practical skills, such as, communication, research and writing, and (d) enhances students' personal skills such as poise and confidence.

Additionally, externships provide students with the opportunity to meet and work with members of the legal bar and their staff, which relationships may prove invaluable as the students pursue employment. The Externship Program is a faculty approved program outlined in the Charleston School of Law Externship Policies and Procedures Manual ("the Externship Manual.")

The Externship Program is available to qualified students in both the School of Law full time and part time programs. Qualified students join the Externship Program by registering for the Externship Course. The Externship Course is an elective course which satisfies the student's skills course requirement.

To qualify for an externship, the students must (a) have completed the full first-year curriculum and (b) be in good academic standing. Therefore, students enrolled in the full-time program typically should qualify for an externship after they have completed successfully the Spring Semester of their first year of law school. Students enrolled in the part-time program typically should qualify for an externship after they have completed successfully the Spring Semester of their second year of law school.

Students interested in earning academic credit through the Externship Program should review the School of Law Guide to Securing an Externship.

Classes with a Public Service Component

Elder Law
Public Interest Law Practice and the Poor

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

The Department of Career Services assists students and alumni pursuing public interest careers.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

The Charleston School of Law Foundation provides Student Loan Repayment Assistance Grants. Any Charleston School of Law graduate who has been engaged in continuous public service employment for at least six months, has an outstanding student loan, and has been out of school for less than five years is eligible to apply. Public service is defined as "service that is performed for the benefit of the public, its institutions or its people, and rendered in the public interest for the greater good of society." The Foundation will consider the applicant's financial need and the impact of the applicant's public service employment on the community. Grant awards will not exceed $2,500.00. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the Foundation will make awards on a one-time, non-recurring basis. The provision of grants is at all times subject to the availability of funds.

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

Student Public Interest Groups

Public Interest Legal Society

August 7, 2018