Pro Bono Honor Program
The Shepard Broad Law Center Pro Bono Honor Program recognizes students who provide pro bono (“for the public good”) legal work for public service or government organizations while enrolled in law school. Students volunteering a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono service are awarded this graduation honor. The program is part of the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), which provides information, resources, and acknowledgement to students who are interested in serving the community through public interest law.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
All students maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to participate. Students have a continuing obligation to notify the PILC if their GPA falls below a 2.0. Students may not receive pro bono credit if they are receiving academic credit or funding for their work.
How do I Participate?
- Visit the Public Interest Law Center in Career Development to learn about available pro bono opportunities.
- Select and secure a pro bono opportunity.
- Pick up the Pro Bono Honor Program forms from the CDO or print from the website. Submit the Registration and Approval Form to the Public Interest Law Center at the beginning of your work with the organization. Under most circumstances students will not be awarded retroactive pro bono credit for work performed prior to registration. Fill out the log form as you complete your hours, have your supervisor sign off, and submit the completed forms to the Public Interest Law Center.
- Complete the log form as you perform hours with the organization. When the log page is full, turn it in and begin a new log page. All forms are available in the Public Interest Law Center and on the Law Center's website.
- When you have finished your work with the organization, complete an evaluation form and turn in any outstanding logs. You must complete an evaluation form in order to receive the graduation honor.
Levels of Service Recognized
- Bronze Level: 50-124 hours of pro bono service
- Silver Level: 125-299 hours of pro bono service
- Gold Level: 300+ hours of pro bono service
The graduation honor includes:
- Wearing an honor cord at graduation
- Being listed in the graduation program
- Receiving a certificate
NSU Law's Pro Bono Honors Program cannot provide direct legal advice or services to members of the general public. Law student volunteers must be supervised by a licensed attorney at a qualifying placement. For assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact the Broward County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at (954)764-8040, the Dade County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at (305)371-2646, the Palm Beach Lawyer Referral and Information Service at (561)687-3266 or (561)451-3256, the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-342-8011, or your local Legal Aid or Public Defender's Office.