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SC Bar — Prisoner Correspondence Response Team

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

  1. To provide opportunities for law students to work with an attorney who is charged with responding effectively to prisoner correspondence
  2. To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  3. To create an awareness of the problems and rewards of being a public interest attorney
  4. To observe the SC legal system in action
  5. To become aware of the resources available to prisoners and the limitations on those resources

Requirements or qualifications

Law students must:

  1. be a good academic standing
  2. complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  3. have completed one semester of law school
  4. have an interest in serving the indigent population
  5. be willing to work independently, use creative solutions and write clearly

Responsibilities of organizations

The SC Bar and associated attorneys must:

  1. agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  2. provide clear and timely instructions
  3. seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  4. provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the students

The students must:

  1. communicate effectively and efficiently with the SC Bar office and the supervising attorneys
  2. complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  3. seek assistance when needed
  4. perform duties professionally
  5. 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 Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism