Have You Joined the Law Students for Pro Bono Campaign?

Equal Justice Works logoAre you a fan of pro bono work? Then you’ll want to know about Law Students for Pro Bono, a campaign calling for the ABA to adopt an aspirational goal that all law students perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work during law school.

Today, we’re pleased to welcome back Radhika Singh Miller, Senior Program Manager, Law School Relations at Equal Justice Works, to explain how YOU can get involved!

What is Law Students for Pro Bono?

Law Students for Pro Bono is an exciting new initiative for law students who believe pro bono can make a difference. Equal Justice Works is supporting the hundreds of law students and graduates who are speaking up through the campaign, asking the ABA to adopt an aspirational goal for law students to participate in 50 hours of pro bono. The deadline for comments is this Friday, Jan. 31! There’s still time to add your support by signing the online petition today.

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7 Reasons You Should Do Pro Bono Work (Even If It’s Sometimes Really Annoying)

LawyerI want to get this out of the way right in the beginning — if your idea of pro bono work is that you parachute in like a white knight for a few hours to “fight for justice” and fix the life of an eternally grateful client, please stop. It’s not like that, and you’ll just be disappointed.

Your client might hate you (or, at a minimum, blame you for only getting them 80% of what they wanted), justice might turn out to be a lot messier than you expected, and — I can pretty much guarantee this is the case — it’s all going to take a lot more time and effort than you anticipated.

That being said, it’s still one of the best things you can do. For the world, and for yourself.

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