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My Will Program

A collaboration between the Law School, the SC Bar, and the Midlands Council on Goverments, this project is a monthly effort to provide simple wills to low income senior citizens. Law students will serve as scriveners and witnesses as they work alongside the attorneys in the drafting and execution of a will. An excellent opportunity for first hand experience and to an opportunity to be a vital team member.

Training: Review of document templates and general knowledge of the process

Purpose of Organizations

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side pro bono attorneys and low income clients
  • To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  • To create an awareness of the problems and rewards of working with elderly clients
  • To participate in the direct creation of a will

Requirements or Qualifications

Law students must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have completed one semester of law school
  • have an interest in serving the senior population
  • have an interest in probate or estate planning

Responsibilities of Organizations

The SC Bar Pro Bono Program and associated attorneys must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the Students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the supervising attorneys
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies & Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Writing Skills
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism