Law students and faculty at the UConn School of Law, as part of the school’s commitment to serving the community and educating students about the professional obligation of lawyers to promote access to justice, provide a variety of legal services to persons of limited means, organizations that assist such persons, and other government and not-for-profit organizations. Various student organizations sponsor pro bono projects. Students may also work with alumni or faculty who are engaged in pro bono projects or volunteer to work directly with not-for-profit organizations that provide direct services to clients or engage in advocacy work. There are also many for-credit opportunities to perform legal work for underserved populations, including the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, the Criminal Clinics, the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Center for Children's Advocacy, the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative and several externship clinics.
Students can become involved in pro bono projects as early as their first year of law school. Students who complete 50 or more hours of pro bono service prior to graduation are recognized for their pro bono work through the Pro Bono Pledge Program. Student organizations, bar groups, and organizations provide opportunities for students to perform pro bono work. Some of these opportunities are listed on the website under Pro Bono Opportunities; students are also encouraged to arrange their own qualifying placements with other organizations and private attorneys doing pro bono work. Students who wish to organize new pro bono projects, team up with a lawyer or faculty member to work on a pro bono project, or seek help in finding pro bono opportunities may contact Professor Timothy Everett, the faculty pro bono coordinator. For more information on the Law School's clinics, please visit the clinic section of the site.
Important Disclaimer for Members of the Public: This website is designed to help law students find pro bono opportunities through organizations that can train and supervise their work. UConn’s pro bono program does not provide direct assistance to individual members of the public who contact the Law School seeking advice or representation. UConn Law students are not licensed to practice law and may only work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.