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 South Carolina 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 UofSC 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 South Carolina 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.
When hiring a law clerk, are you interested in talking about the role of pro bono in your organization? The ABA brochure, The Path to Pro Bono [pdf], may help guide that law student conversation.
Carolina Clerks: Pro Bono Clerks for Pro Bono Lawyers is South Carolina Law’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 South Carolina Law reach its academic mission of providing a top-quality legal education in the Palmetto State. If you have a specific question or an idea contact the director via email or any student board member.
The Pro Bono Program at the 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.