The Maurice A. Deane School of Law offers students opportunities to provide pro bono services in the community with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and private law firms or practitioners. We also encourage students to develop new projects, and interested students can seek support from Senior Associate Dean for Experiential Education Jennifer Gundlach and Executive Director of Pro Bono, Externship and Fellowship Programs Franca Sachs.
While all pro bono service opportunities can provide a valuable experience, students should be aware that not all pro bono activity will satisfy their New York State Pro Bono Admission Requirement. Students seeking clarification should consult the information available on the Office of Court Administration website.
International students who wish to engage in pro bono work should consult with the University’s Multicultural and International Student Programs Office to ensure compliance with visa requirements.
Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP)
Student volunteers in the Courtroom Advocates Project advocate for domestic violence victims when they first enter family court seeking orders of protection. Attorneys from Sanctuary for Families provide appropriate training, mentorship and supervision to law students.
Law Brigades provides students with opportunities to engage in human rights work in developing countries.
September 11 Victim Compensation Fund Claim Project
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation for any individual, or a personal representative of a deceased individual, who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, or the debris-removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those attacks. In partnership with the VCF and the Nassau County Bar Association, students assist potential claimants in filling out and submitting their claim applications. For more information, please contact Director of Career and Professional Development Aisha Joseph.
Unemployment Action Center (UAC)
Students working in the Unemployment Action Center represent claimants seeking unemployment insurance benefits in administrative hearings.
Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP)
Working under the supervision of attorneys, students in the Veterans Legal Assistance Project help veterans initiate benefit claims and provide veterans with access to free legal services.
VLAP@hofstra.edu or 516-463-7302
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
Students are trained through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help prepare tax returns for low-income individuals.
VITA@hofstra.edu or 516-463-6401