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Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro Bono Opportunities

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 Clinical Professor of Law Jennifer Gundlach and Assistant Dean for Experiential 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.

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