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Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Nova Southeastern University
Shepard Broad College of Law
3305 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
www.law.nova.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Jennifer Gordon, Esq.
Director of Public Interest Programs
E-mail
P: (954) 262-6126

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by a Referral System with Coordinator

Description of Programs

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law is committed to instilling an ethic of pro bono service in its graduates, and it is our hope that by giving back to the community our graduates will develop a lifelong commitment to using their education and skills to contribute to the public good.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law's Pro Bono Honor Program is a voluntary program that provides recognition to students who have completed a minimum of fifty (50) hours of pro bono service to the community while enrolled in law school. Students are recognized in three levels of distinction:

  • Bronze - 50 to 124 hours;
  • Silver - 125 to 299 hours; and
  • Gold - 300+ hours.

Students are recognized for their commitment to pro bono with an awards certificate, by wearing a gold cord at graduation, and being listed in the graduation program.

The Pro Bono Honor Program is part of the Public Interest Law Center, which develops, administers, and publicizes pro bono opportunities for students while responding to the volunteer needs of community groups and other outside organizations. The Public Interest Law Center through the Pro Bono Honor Program encourages every student to participate in pro bono while in law school

Location of Programs

The Pro Bono Honor Program is administered by the Public Interest Law Center through the Career and Professional Development Office.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The Director of Public Interest Programs oversees the Pro Bono Honor Program.

Funding

The Pro Bono Honor Program is supported by Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law has many student organizations dedicated to public service. For instance, the Public Interest Law Society is a student-run organization that promotes public interest opportunities, hosts an annual auction to raise money to fund summer public interest fellowships, and is involved in a number of public service and law school pro bono projects.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty, Administrators, and Staff are encouraged to be engaged and give back to the community.

Awards/Recognition

The Pro Bono Honor Program is supported and recognized in a variety of ways at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Each year, students are recognized for their commitment to pro bono with an awards certificate, by wearing a gold cord at graduation, and being listed in the graduation program.

Community Service

Community Service opportunities are made available through various student organizations.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Jennifer Gordon, Esq.
Director of Public Interest Programs
E-mail
P: (954) 262-6126

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law offers two concentration programs that identify graduates as emerging experts in a specific field. The two concentrations offered are in Health Law and in International Legal Practice. In order to earn one of these concentrations, students must complete specific course credit, writing, and service requirements. The service component specifically requires students to complete 20 hours through a variety of public interest engagement opportunities.

Public Interest Centers

The Public Interest Law Center of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law serves as a focal point for all public interest law activities at the college. The Public Interest Law Center operates programs designed to encourage students to participate in public interest law while they are in law school and to encourage a commitment to the public for life.

Public Interest Clinics

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law's clinics provide students with the opportunity to serve the community, while receiving in-depth, hands-on experience in a variety of fields. Current public interest opportunities include:

  • In House Clinics:
    • Dispute Resolution Clinic
    • Children and Families Clinic
    • Veterans Law Clinic
  • Field Placement Clinics:
    • Bankruptcy Clinic
    • Civil Clinic
    • Criminal Justice Clinic
    • Judicial Internship Clinic

Externships/Internships

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law provides many opportunities for externships and internships. The Clinical Program, Public Interest Law Center, and Career and Professional Development Office assist in providing opportunities to students.

Classes with a Public Service Component

There are several classes at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law that include public service components. Specifically, our Street Law course provides students an opportunity to teach the Street Law Inc. program in local high schools and middle schools.

Public Interest Journals

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law publishes The Florida Public Interest Journal on behalf of the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.

PI Career Support Center

Public interest career counseling is provided by Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs. The Career and Professional Development Office also provides resources to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law annually holds a Public Interest Law Day. Public Interest Law Day brings federal, state, and local public sector organizations to campus for students to learn more about the organizations and about the different pro bono, internship, clinical, fellowship, and employment opportunities available.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law also provides programming, which is held throughout the academic year and includes topics related to public interest law.

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:

The NSU Public Service Summer Fellowship is designed to encourage law student involvement in public service legal employment for the summer by providing funding to subsidize unpaid work at a public service organization. Public service organizations for the purposes of this fellowship may include government or nonprofit organizations. In order to be considered for a fellowship, students must:

  1. Be enrolled as a first-year or second-year full-time, or third-year part-time law student at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law;
  2. Make arrangements for a pro bono placement at a qualifying public service organization prior submitting the Fellowship Application;
  3. The pro bono placement can be located in any geographic location; and
  4. Must commit to the public service organization and certify on the Fellowship Application that a minimum of two hundred (200) hours will be completed over the summer.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

The Ferroli Family Public Interest Law Fellowship is designed to encourage law student involvement in public service legal employment for the summer by providing funding to subsidize unpaid work at a public service organization. Public service organizations for the purposes of this fellowship may include government or nonprofit organizations. In order to be considered for a fellowship, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a first-year or second-year full-time, or third-year part-time law student at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law;
  • Make arrangements for a pro bono placement at a qualifying public service organization prior submitting the Fellowship Application;
  • The pro bono placement can be located in any geographic location; and
  • Must commit to the public service organization and certify on the Fellowship Application that a minimum of two hundred (200) hours will be completed over the summer.

The Martin A. Feinrider Summer Fellowship for International Human Rights is designed to provide funding for law students who are spending the summer working for a nonprofit public interest organization devoted to international human rights. In order to be considered for a fellowship, students must:

  1. Be enrolled as a first-year or second-year full-time, or third-year part-time law student at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law;
  2. Make arrangements for a pro bono placement at a qualifying public service organization prior submitting the Fellowship Application;
  3. The pro bono placement can be located in any geographic location; and
  4. Must commit to the public service organization and certify on the Fellowship Application that a minimum of two hundred (200) hours will be completed over the summer.

The Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship is funded through proceeds from an annual Public Interest Law Society Auction. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide funding to students who serve community needs by working in a legal position in the public sector. Public interest work is defined, for the purposes of this fellowship, as work for a non-profit organization that serves a low-income, underfunded and/or underrepresented community. Preference will be given to students who choose to work for Legal Aid or Legal Services agencies. Students selected for this fellowship will positively reflect the goals and objectives of the Public Interest Law Society and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, and will have demonstrated an interest in serving the public interest community. In order to be considered for a fellowship, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a first-year or second-year full-time, or third-year part-time law student at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law;
  • Make arrangements for a pro bono placement at a qualifying public service organization prior submitting the Fellowship Application;
  • The pro bono placement can be located in any geographic location; and
  • Must commit to the public service organization and certify on the Fellowship Application that a minimum of two hundred (200) hours will be completed over the summer.

In addition, students may apply for fellowships/grants for summer public interest opportunities, including Equal Justice Works Summer Corps and NEXT Summer Fellowship.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law provides many extracurricular and co-curricular programs, including Public Interest Law Day and Career and Professional Development programming. Through these various programs students are able to connect with and learn from public interest professionals.

Student Public Interest Groups

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law has several student public interest groups, including most notably the Public Interest Law Society.

August 6, 2018