“Pro bono,” short for the Latin phrase pro bono publico (“for the public good”), refers to the ethical responsibility of lawyers to perform legal work free of charge for indigent clients and those for whom the cost of legal services is prohibitive. Today, access to justice is more compromised than ever because clients in communities around the country are unable to afford or obtain legal representation.
The Maurice A. Deane School of Law is committed to providing substantial opportunities for our students to engage in a wide range of pro bono activities during law school. This is consistent with our mission to prepare, challenge and inspire our students to make a difference in the world. Since our inception, we have believed in the value of an education steeped in legal theory and practical experience, of which the pro bono involvement of our students is a critical component.
We invite all students to get involved in one of our existing pro bono projects. In addition, we welcome students to propose new ideas for pro bono projects. Students can also engage in valuable pro bono work through any of our clinical programs, as well as through many field placements in our externship programs.
We are proud of the thousands of hours our students contribute to providing pro bono assistance in our community and around the world.
We encourage all of our alumni to contact us about volunteering their time and support for our students’ pro bono projects.
For more information, please contact either: Jennifer Gundlach Senior Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law 516-463-4190 Jennifer.Gundlach@hofstra.edu