Many organizations receive request for information or services from those who are incarcerated and their families. Each of these requests requires and deserves a response. The SC Bar is a frequent recipient of this type of mail. Students will work with a SC Bar staff attorney to research responses and draft letters. This work will be sporadic and after an initial training period of time may be accomplished remotely.
Purpose of organization
- To provide opportunities for law students to work with an attorney who is charged with responding effectively to prisoner correspondence
- To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
- To create an awareness of the problems and rewards of being a public interest attorney
- To observe the SC legal system in action
- To become aware of the resources available to prisoners and the limitations on those resources
Requirements or qualifications
Law students must:
- be a 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
- be willing to work independently, use creative solutions and write clearly
Responsibilities of organizations
The SC Bar 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
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
- Fill out the Volunteer Enrollment/Interest Form. The Pro Bono Program will follow up with any necessary forms or set up a time to respond to questions or concerns.
- Keep track of your volunteer time with M.Y. Pro Bono.