How to Get Involved in the BU Law Pro Bono Program

The Logistics:

Students can get involved in the BU Law Pro Bono Program by signing the Pro Bono Pledge to perform a minimum of 50* hours of pro bono work during their three years of law school. Once students have signed the pledge, they will recieve periodic updates about Pro Bono Opportunities and events. Students can also elect to receive emails by sending a request to receive pro bono emails to

Once you have completed your pro bono hours, you can report the hours under the Pro Bono Reporting tab on Symplicity. (To access the Pro Bono Reporting tab for the first time, click the "submit application" button at the top of the page.) Each new entry can be tracked by clicking “Add New”. All students who fulfill the pledge will receive a notation on their transcript and the 3L with the highest number of pro bono hours completed will be presented with an award at the Year End Pro Bono Celebration, as will the LL.M. student with the highest number of hours completed.

Click here for a list of all Pro Bono forms.

There are a variety of ways in which BU Law students can get involved with pro bono work.

Pro Bono Opportunities can now be found on Symplicity by using the Advanced Search tool under the Jobs/Resume Collection tab: simply select "Pro Bono" from the drop-down Position Type box.

Pro Bono Partners:
BU Law has formed partnerships with a large number of nonprofit organizations in the Boston area. Students can contact these organizations directly to inquire whether there are any current pro bono opportunities to participate in.

Create Your Own:
BU Law students can also create their own partnership with an organization of their choice. CDO advisers are happy to help students identify organizations of interest and help set up partnerships.

Professionalism and Ethics:
We encourage you to explore pro bono opportunities in Boston and around the world and we are excited to work with you to make that happen. When you take on a pro bono project you take on a responsibility to serve a client or a community. Here we discuss a few key components of pro bono service: professionalism and ethics.

Monthly Newsletter:
The BU Law Pro Bono Program produces a monthly newsletter which highlights notable pro bono work by Students and Alumni as well as delivers news, updates, and opportunities from the Program. To select from the archives, please click here.

*35 hours for Classes 2016 and 2017