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SC Bar — Pro Bono Program

Students will be involved in research on specific pro bono cases as they are assigned directly to a pro bono attorney. Research requests may also result from questions posed by Committees or Sections. Skilled speakers and readers of a foreign language may also volunteer to be part of a language bank. This bank is available to attorneys working on pro bono cases.

Training: Research skills needed. Foreign language option

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 being a public defender
  • To observe the SC legal system in action

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 indigent population

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 SC Bar office and the supervising attorneys
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position

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: General Research Skills
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism