Charleston School of Law
Law School Pro Bono Programs
Michelle Mensore Condon, Esq.
Director of Public Service and Pro Bono
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
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 50 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 one semester of law school. 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 with pro bono or court appointed cases. 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 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
The faculty member also directs the Externship program.
The program is funded through the law school's operating budget.
Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono
Faculty must complete 50 hours of pro bono work every three years.
Students who complete 100 hours or more of pro bono work receive special recognition at awards day and graduation.
Alternative Winter and Spring Break Projects
Law School Public Interest Programs
Associate Dean of Students and Career Services
Public Interest Centers
PI Career Support Center
The Department of Career Services assists students and alumni pursuing public interest careers.
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)