1L’s can start volunteering for pro bono projects after finals! But what does that mean to you as a student? Here are at least 4 good reasons to volunteer.
- Gain experience. Volunteering through the PBI will introduce you to the actual practice of law and will give you hands-on experience and knowledge that will help you to become a better lawyer. As you search for employment during law school, actual legal experience will set you apart from other applicants.
- Establish a network of contacts. Volunteering introduces you to practitioners in your areas of interest who can provide references, advice, and career guidance.
- Personal fulfillment. Thousands of low-income Utahns face legal problems without access to representation. Your volunteer efforts may prevent a client from being wrongfully evicted or help a disabled client secure benefits. Many attorneys cite pro bono cases as their most fulfilling work.
- Explore. Volunteering provides an opportunity to explore new, unfamiliar areas of the law. Students may discover a passion for a field they had not previously considered.
“Participating in the Pro Bono Initiative at the S.J. Quinney College of Law [was] the most rewarding and beneficial part of my law school experience.”
-SJQ Alum Skyler Anderson
The Pro Bono Initiative will be having a mandatory 1L orientation for those who plan on participating in pro bono projects and/or a Pro Bono Initiative Brief Advice Legal Clinic while in law school this January!
Pro Bono Initiative’s 1L Orientation
Below are some areas that will be covered:
- What is PBI? How do you sign up?
- How many volunteer hours do you need to log for the certificate?
- How do I sign up for the PBI Legal Clinics? And more….
Friday, January 11th, 2013
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Moot Court Room
If you plan to participate in PBI over your law school career, you must attend the PBI Orientation. To RSVP, click on the following link: