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Saint Thomas University School of Law (FL)

Saint Thomas University School of Law (FL)
16401 N.W. 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
www.stu.edu/lawschool

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Pam E. Rogers, Esq.
Public Sector Career Counselor
Office for Career Development - School of Law
St. Thomas University
16401 N.W. 37 Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
P: (305) 474-2433
E-mail

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement.

Description of Programs

In furtherance of St. Thomas University School of Law's mission to provide assistance to the community, all law students are required to complete 50 hours of pro bono service before graduation. St. Thomas Law's pro bono graduation requirement enables students to serve the community while gaining valuable practical lawyering skills. Whether a student's ultimate goal is to work in the public or private sector, St. Thomas Law is committed to instilling the ethic that public service and pro bono advocacy is an integral part of becoming a lawyer. Law students who complete at least one hundred (100) hours of pro bono will be awarded Certificates of Commendation at a year-end ceremony. Also, these students will receive special recognition in the graduation program, be given a cord for graduation, and have this honor noted on their final transcript. The graduating 3L with the highest number of legal pro bono hours is awarded an inscribed plaque at the Commencement.

Location of Programs

The Pro Bono Program is administered through the Office for Career Development, which is located in the Center for Professional Development.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The Public Sector Career Counselor oversees the Pro Bono Program.

Funding

The Pro Bono Program is supported by St. Thomas Law.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

VITA Tax Program - Students assist in filling out tax forms for low-income persons of the community. The Tax Clinic Professor supervises this program.

Specialized Projects - Requests for pro bono projects not already on the pre-approved list in the Pro Bono Handbook, including opportunities with private attorneys doing pro bono work must be pre-approved. Individual students or student organizations may apply for project approval. Time spent on the project may count toward the pro bono graduation requirement only if work complies with the requirements set forth in the Pro Bono Handbook and the project is approved by the Assistant Dean for the Office for Career Development.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty are encouraged to complete pro bono service.

Awards/Recognition

Every year, St. Thomas Law recognizes its law students for completing 100 or more hours of pro bono service at the Annual Public Service Awards Program held in April. Law students who complete at least one hundred (100) hours of pro bono will be awarded Certificates of Commendation at a year-end ceremony. Also, these students will receive special recognition in the graduation program, be given a cord for graduation, and have this honor noted on their final transcript. The graduating 3L with the highest number of legal pro bono hours is awarded an inscribed plaque at the Commencement.

Community Service

The Pro Bono Program encourages law students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in community service projects.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Pam E. Rogers, Esq.
Public Sector Career Counselor
Office for Career Development - School of Law
St. Thomas University
16401 N.W. 37 Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
P: (305) 474-2433
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

St. Thomas Law's clinics include:

Appellate Litigation Clinic
Bankruptcy Clinic
Family Court Clinic
Immigration Clinic
Tax Clinic

Externships/Internships

St. Thomas Law offers many opportunities for externships/internships. The Clinic Program and the Office for Career Development assist in providing opportunities.

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

St. Thomas Law publishes The Florida Public Interest Journal on behalf of the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.

PI Career Support Center

Public sector career counseling is provided by Pam E. Rogers, Esq., Public Sector Career Counselor. The Office for Career Development also provides resources to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector. St. Thomas Law holds the Pro Bono & Public Service Fair annually in February. This Fair brings together federal, state, and local public sector organizations to educate students about public interest law and recruit them for internships, externships, and postgraduate opportunities. St. Thomas Law also provides Lunch & Learn Programming. This Programming is held every week during the academic year and includes diverse topics including those related to public interest law. For more information, visit: www.stu.edu/law/careers

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

St. Thomas Law administers the John & June Mary Makdisi Loan Forgiveness Fund (established in 1999) and the Mr. & Mrs. Stanley G. Tate Loan Forgiveness Fund (established 2001) which provide loan repayment assistance to alumni in law-related public interest careers.

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

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Criminal Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Public Interest Law Student Association
St. Thomas More Catholic Law Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Tax Law Society

August 6, 2018