Our Pro Bono Program helps shape students into lawyers committed to careers of public service. BC Law students are active with local, national, and international groups—all working to improve communities by providing legal assistance to individuals without adequate representation.
Each year at BC Law’s Pro Bono Fair, our Pro Bono Board introduces students to a diverse mix of organizations that offer various pro bono opportunities. Students can pledge to contribute 50 or more hours of law-related community service through pro bono work and are recognized for their efforts at graduation. The Pro Bono Board also facilitates various 1L pro bono student trips across the country during spring break. Third-year students looking to start a public interest career in New York after graduation have also participated in the innovative Pro Bono Scholars Program. Through their pro bono experiences, our students develop critical skills and build relationships with practitioners and other professionals.
“The pro bono program gave me the opportunity to learn and develop lawyering skills in the real world. It is an extremely rewarding experience to take what you have learned and use it to positively impact someone's life.”
Shannon Johnson ’15 was selected as one of two law students to receive a Merit Distinction for the PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award, which honors one law student nationwide for his or her pro bono contribution to society. The award aims to recognize the significant contributions that law students make to under-served populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work.