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One of the cornerstones of any volunteer program is recognition, which can be delivered by many methods and by varied people. On a routine basis signs posted in public spaces in the Law School as well as personal notes recognize volunteers who perform service that stands out. 

Annually USC Law Students are honored for their dedicated commitment to the goals of the Pro Bono Program.  The criteria and process below explain how these exemplary volunteers are selected.

Total of 11 Pro Bono volunteers awards

  • 1 Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year
  • 10 Outstanding Service Award Winners


Using a Scoring Matrix, current Board members will consider the evidence contained in the Nomination Form, of a nominees meeting each criterion.

  • Models/exemplars for other volunteers
  • Involved in either one or more Pro Bono programs. Taking into account one-time events and ongoing activities
  • Initiated a new Pro Bono Program project
  • Provided leadership on a Pro Bono Program project
  • Encouraged and promoted the Program
  • Intangible attributes-Examples: expressed interest in the Pro Bono Program; well respected by peers; shows an ability to recruit others; participates in other law school activities. Maintains school-life balance


  1. Solicit nominations from the entire student body
  2. Nominees must be in good academic standing
  3. Nominations are screened by the Pro Bono Board with input from the community directors or organizers of the various Pro Bono projects. Additional information is often secured at this point.
  4. Final selection by the Pro Bono Board using a Scoring Matrix
  5. Certificates awarded at the Law School Awards Day or a suitable ceremony.

The goal of this Award is to recognize Law School student organizations that, as a whole have demonstrated the most significant contribution to pro bono activities and volunteer engagement.

Annually an application is distributed to all law school organizations.


The factors that will be considered when awarding points are:

  • Percentage of members involved in pro bono projects
  • Percentage of members involved in community service projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to the ethic of service
  • Efforts to incorporate or include non-members of the organization in the project

The winning organization is announced at the Annual Law School Awards Day and presented with a plaque and a monetary award that can be used by their members to enhance the organization’s pro bono efforts.

 Complete a nomination today!

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