Access to Justice Program
The Law School has adopted an aspirational goal for students of 60 hours of pro bono work during their three years of law school (20 hours per year). The school has adopted the ABA definition of pro bono, which includes law-related services without compensation of either financial or academic credit. New York requires that students complete 50 hours of pro bono before being admitted, and New York’s definition of pro bono is somewhat narrower, excluding, for instance Voluntary Tax Preparation (VITA).
The Access to Justice Program (AJP) promotes a pro bono culture at the Law School by providing administrative support to pro bono organizations, forging ongoing relationships with community partners, and connecting students with opportunities relevant to their interests. We conduct trainings to provide students with the foundational skills required by pro bono work. We manage a forum for students to report and track their pro bono hours. We assist pro bono organizations in involving students and publicizing their activities. We recognize students for their outstanding pro bono achievements and create aspirational goals for students to meet for graduation recognition. Finally, we invest in new opportunities and events to diversify the Law School's pro bono offerings, to enrich pro bono representation in the intellectual life of the school, and to broaden the impact of students' pro bono work.