1L Pro Bono Project
"Through the 1L Pro Bono program, I had the opportunity to work with an attorney representing a DC neighborhood seeking an injunction to keep a historic landmark from becoming a bus depot. Even as a 1L, I found that I could make a real difference, providing needed research to support the attorney's work in the courtroom. I had a great opportunity to watch a talented professional in action with people who cared deeply watching on. The neighborhood got their injunction - observing real justice done by our legal system is worth leaving the classroom to see."
- Christopher Peterson, Class of 2015
The 1L Pro Bono Service Project is designed specifically for first-year students interested in doing law-related volunteer work, but who lack the time commitment required of a substantial internship or externship. These projects usually range from 5 hours per week to 5 hours over the course of the semester. Participating in the 1L Pro Bono Service Project is a great way to give back to the DC community, gain experience with basic legal skills, and accumulate hours towards the Pro Bono Pledge.
The organizations that participate primarily provide legal services to low-income individuals living in DC or the surrounding metropolitan area. For a list of the organizations looking for volunteers this fall, click on the following link: Fall 2013 1L Pro Bono Service Project Employers.
More information about organizations that have traditionally participated in this program can be found on our local partners page. Some of their practice areas include:
Child abuse and neglect
Criminal or juvenile justice
These organizations need students to assist with a wide variety of tasks, including: performing intakes and interviewing clients, investigating cases, filing court pleadings, accompanying clients to court, performing legal or policy research, evaluating court proceedings, and other tasks. Also, many organizations request students who speak a foreign language, so participating in a pro bono project can be a great way keep up your language skills!
To Participate: to participate in a project this fall, please sign up and indicate which project(s) you are most interested in here: http://apps.law.georgetown.edu/forms/?formid=838. Please complete and submit this form by Friday, September 20, 2013. Final placements will be emailed to you by Friday, September 27. We will do our best to match as many interested students as possible and to pair you with one of your top choices.
Register for the Pledge: register for the Pro Bono Pledge to learn more about Pro Bono at Georgetown Law.
Feel free to stop by Room 214 anytime to speak with the Pro Bono Coordinator about the 1L Pro Bono Project or other pro bono-related questions.