Pro Bono Service - Where to Find Opportunities
There are a wide variety of opportunities to complete your pro bono requirements. Here are some quick links that should assist you in finding pro bono opportunities:
Students can email Pro Bono for legal
pro bono service opportunities.
- Log into Symplicity.
- Go to the Stetson Law Jobs Tab.
- Do an advanced search for “Pro Bono” or “Community Service” position types.
- For further assistance, please contact the Career Development Office.
Still undecided? Here are two short videos to help guide you towards earning your 30 hours of required legal pro bono service. Watch the videos below and consider one of these opportunities.
Public Service Clinics That Satisfy Pro Bono Requirements
The William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
In honor of William F. Blews, JD '66, the College of Law has established this award to recognize those students who perform at least twice the number of pro bono service hours required for graduation. Awards are presented to students at graduation. To be eligible, students must engage in, report, and have approved at least 120 hours of pro bono and/or volunteer work, by the beginning of the month preceeding their graduation.
Successful completion of a clinic qualifies for thirty (30) hours of legal pro bono credit but cannot be counted as pro bono hours for the purposes of qualifying for the William F. Blews Pro bono award.
Stetson University College of Law has an extensive list of clinics and externships. For a comprehensive list, visit Clinics and Externships.
The clinic must be completed by the semester prior to the semester of graduation. For example, if you are graduating in May, the clinic must be completed by the end of the fall semester. Students must have a passing or satisfactory grade to earn those pro bono hours.
Students who are in a Stetson Law clinic that has been pre-approved as a public service clinic will receive up to 30 hours of public service credit, which will satisfy the legal pro bono requirement for graduation.
The Veterans Law Institute offers students several ways to help veterans for legal or non-legal pro bono credit. Students who complete the on-campus Veterans Advocacy Clinic receive 30 hours of legal pro bono. Our clinic also has legal pro bono opportunities for students with a professional background in fields such as medicine, psychology, toxicology, and environmental science. The VLI offers off-campus opportunities to help veterans through its medical-legal partnership with attorneys from Bay Area Legal Services on a weekly basis at the Bay Pines VA hospital and at special one-day events throughout the school year. Keep an eye on the Student Announcement for veterans law pro bono opportunities that arise, and you can contact the VLI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Excellence in Elder Law provides legal education to law students, attorneys, and judges in the field of elder and special needs law and produces scholarly research and writing on issues impacting those who are older and/or have special needs. The Center provides numerous opportunities for students to earn pro bono credit. Recent programs include help with providing wills for veterans, tax assistance for the elderly, working in senior community centers and more. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Social Justice Advocacy
The Social Justice Advocacy (SJA) Concentration Program focuses on issues related to justice in both the criminal and civil legal system. Each year SJA offers pro bono opportunities for students in the general student body. For example, the SJA Program has offered pro bono opportunities for several law students to participate in the Innocence Initiative by reviewing the case files of incarcerated people claiming to be wrongfully convicted. Students who work in this project are assigned to assist supervising attorneys with legal research, factual investigation, case summaries, client visits in prison, and drafting post-conviction motions when necessary. Similarly, the SJA Program offers pro bono opportunities for law students to educate middle school students about juvenile criminal law through the Street Law Program. For more information about SJA pro bono opportunities, please contact Professor Scully at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Excellence in Advocacy offers a wide variety of opportunities to obtain non-legal pro bono credit. Students can volunteer to work at various events sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Advocacy such as the National Pretrial Competition, the Educating Advocates Teaching Conference, the International Environmental Moot Court Competition, and the White Collar Crime College. Student volunteers are also often needed to assist with administrative matters related to our internal competitions such as the annual intramural AAJ competition, as well as the Opening Statements and Closing Arguments competition.
In addition, the center serves as a conduit for private attorneys and public sector attorneys looking for students to assist them in their pro bono work. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for education, research and service activities related to global, regional and local biodiversity issues. The institute offers both legal and non-legal pro bono opportunities related to environmental research. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stetson Law's International Programs Office has a non-legal pro bono program called the Stetson Buddy Program which is designed to help international students feel more comfortable in a new environment. For more information contact email@example.com.