Law school urges all students to Pledge Pro Bono
(Oct. 18, 2011) Seattle University School of Law launched a new Pro Bono Pledge Program to provide students the opportunity to help meet the needs of underserved communities and contribute to a more just and humane world
Students already engage in a great deal of meaningful work outside of the classroom. The voluntary Pledge Program takes an important next step by inviting students to commit to a minimum number of hours of pro bono and volunteer service prior to graduation, and then by formally acknowledging and celebrating those who meet their goals. It offers resources to those who want to volunteer and allows those who already do so to track their time. While working to help others, students also build their professional profiles and network of professional contacts.
"In addition to helping people who have critical legal needs, students who Pledge Pro Bono will gain practical experience and skills," Dean Mark C. Niles said.
The program is run through the law school's Access to Justice Institute, which works to encourage all students pursue social justice, no matter where their careers take them. Even students who do not intend to practice public interest law can find ways to do pro bono work through ATJI and the Pledge program.