Academic Programs

Overview

BU Law Pro Bono Program

BU Law students are invited to participate in our voluntary pro bono program and to pledge to perform a minimum of 35 hours during their three years in law school. Upon completion of the pro bono hours, students will receive a notation on their law school transcripts attesting to their participation in the program. The graduating JD student who has completed the highest number of hours will also receive an award at the Year End Pro Bono Celebration. Participating LL.M. students pledge a minimum of 12 hours for the same pro bono work.

Pro bono work, for the purposes of the BU Law program, must be unpaid and not for academic credit. Legal work performed in one of the BU Law clinical programs for academic credit will not qualify. Legal work performed during full-time unpaid summer internships also will not qualify, nor will work done during a leave of absence.

To meet the goals of our program, student pro bono work should involve the rendering of meaningful law-related service to persons of limited means or to organizations that serve such persons or to other organizations dedicated to underrepresented groups and/or social issues.

The Office of Career Development and Public Service, with assistance as needed from the Public Service Committee, will determine what work will qualify as pro bono work for the BU Law program. The CDO also will track student pro bono hours.

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, or veteran status. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, including the pro bono program. In addition to the above-listed bases, decisions regarding the approval of student pro bono sites and qualifying work will be made without regard to the political affiliation, mission or philosophy of the participating organizations.