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Pro Bono Program

The University of South Carolina School of Law believes it is important to foster the ethic of professional obligation to provide service to the public, especially to those who cannot afford legal help or are who are unrepresented. The Pro Bono Program works to connect the knowledge to the real world and for over 30 years, USC law students have been actively involved in a variety of activities in service to the community.

The range of opportunities to serve is varied and ever changing. Details about the different efforts are listed under the Volunteer Opportunities. Through their pro bono work, students are able to explore career options and to gain knowledge and skills of lasting professional benefit, all the while making our state and community a better place for everyone.

For USC School of Law students

The Pro Bono Program is a purely voluntary program. The American Bar Association asks that each lawyer in the country donate fifty hours a year to public service and we urge each student to personally strive toward a similar goal. To enroll as a volunteer in a project, submit this form. As always, you may visit the Pro Bono Program office in Room 386 to discuss any questions you may have. Pro bono opportunities are available to all USC law students regardless of the anticipated graduation year.

For Members of the Bar

Student volunteers are not licensed to provide legal advice to clients and must work under the supervision of a licensed SC attorney. In addition, all USC School of Law Pro Bono volunteers must read and agree to abide by an understanding of the ethical and professional obligations (Ethical and Professionalism Issues for USC School of Law Students Engaged in Pro Bono Work) that may arise during their pro bono work.

Carolina Clerks: Pro Bono Clerks for Pro Bono Lawyers is USC’s effort to match volunteer law students who are ready, willing and able to assist you with your pro bono cases and projects. If you are working on a pro bono case or project and would like to discuss possible law student assistance please contact the program director via email or by phone at 803-777-3405.

For Future Students

Please feel free to explore the contents of this web page and learn about the Pro Bono Program projects that are helping the USC School of Law reach its academic mission of providing a top-quality legal education in SC. If you have a specific question or an idea contact the Director via email or any student board member.

For Alumni

The Pro Bono Program at the USC School of Law is the first voluntary pro bono program in a US law school, and you are an integral part of that history. We want to hear about what you are doing, what we can do to help you with your pro bono work and what we can do better to foster the ethic of service. In addition, we will post periodic updates about the current activities of the Pro Bono Program so follow us on social media outlets. Tell us your story!

For the Public

Volunteers working through the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program are law students; they are not lawyers and as such by law are not allowed to render legal advice. If you need legal assistance, please refer to this list of resources.


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