Pro Bono Requirement
All students at the Southern Illinois University School of Law are required to complete 35 hours of pro bono work prior to graduation. The work must be law related, uncompensated, supervised by an attorney or faculty member, and not for academic credit. This requirement was the first of its kind for a law school in Illinois.
SIU Law students have a history of public and community service, including pro bono work. In the 2018-19 academic year, students completed more than 25,000 hours of volunteer legal work including pro bono, clinical work, and public service externships.
Students learn more about the pro bono requirement in their Professionalism and the Law course and once each year on Pro Bono Day. Pro Bono Day also gives students the opportunity to promote new projects like the Transgender Name Change and Gender Marker Project.
Students must be supervised by a licensed attorney or member of the faculty for their pro bono work. As such, the School of Law does not take direct requests from the public for pro bono assistance or projects. Attorneys looking for law students to help them with pro bono cases or projects can contact the School of Law at firstname.lastname@example.org.