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Carolina Clerks: Pro Bono Clerks for Pro Bono Lawyers

Carolina Clerks matches volunteer law students with SC lawyers who have agreed to pro bono client representation. Students will perform traditional law clerking tasks including research and drafting. Time requirement is on a case by case basis. Wide variety of cases. Foreign language skills may be needed.

Training: On the job

Purpose of Pro Bono Opportunity

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side the attorneys
  • To provide skills development for law students
  • To create opportunities for USC students and SC lawyers to interact
  • To provide a valuable resource to SC's pro bono lawyers

Requirements or Qualifications

Law students must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have completed one year of law school
  • have an interest in serving the indigent population
  • have an interest in working with a lawyer on a pro bono case
  • complete and submit the Carolina Clerk agreement

Responsibilities of the Project

Carolina Clerks lawyers 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.
  • complete and submit the Carolina Clerk agreement

Responsibilities of the Students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the Public Defender's office and the supervising attorney
  • 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 Skills: Professionalism

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