Pro Bono Organizations and Resources
"We encourage our students to develop their own individual commitment to others and to explore those themes which are central to the Jesuit tradition: the dignity of the human person, the advancement of the common good and compassion for the poor. We seek to train a diverse student body not merely to be good lawyers, but to be lawyers who lead good lives, and who will be prepared to seek and to find meaningful work in service to others that will enrich their communities."
- Boston College Law School Mission Statement
This resource page lists organizations that sponsor law-related pro bono activities, information about the BC Law Pro Bono Spring Break programs, and links to sites in support of pro bono opportunities.
Additionally, every other year, the Office of Career Services publishes the Directory of Massachusetts Government Agencies and Public Interest Organizations (The Green Book). This comprehensive resource is available to all BC Law students and alumni (login required). The Greenbook includes the names, contact information, and descriptions of organizations including District Attorney Offices; Criminal Defense Offices; Legal Services Organizations; State, Federal, and Municipal Agencies; Public Interest Organizations and Firms; and Bar Associations, as well as an index of these offices orgnaized by practice area.
We encourage you to contact those organizations whose work aligns with your own personal mission of service, and to seek opportunities to contribute to their work in a meaningful way.
PSJD is a free resource for law students and alumni of our subscriber schools (such as BC Law) to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities, pro bono positions, and employer profiles.
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City and San Francisco. They work in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the United States and Canada, to increase access to justice for the millions of poor people who face legal problems every year without help from a lawyer.
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono
The home page for the The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono.
The Pro Bono Institute
Founded in 1996, the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono.
International volunteerism, including legal and non-legal information, support and opportunities. Click on "Volunteer Opportunities."
The BC Law Symplicity site lists pro bono opportunities.
The Boston College Neighborhood Center
Non-legal community service opportunities organized by the Boston College Neighborhood Center.
BC Law organizes four public service spring break service trip programs. Students participating in the Spring Break Service Trips have the opportunity to travel and work with a non-profit organization for the week of Spring Break while accumulating pro bono hours.
Immigration Spring Break
Since 1988, BC Law students have been traveling to various locations across the US to volunteer with local immigration legal services. This program provides a unique opportunity to gain substantive legal experience during the first year of law school, see the workings of a non-profit legal service organization, and learn about the field of immigration law.
Navajo Nation Service Trip
Working on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona, students provide much-needed legal aid and governmental support by conducting legal research for attorneys. Participants are placed at the Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice, DNA People’s Legal Services, and the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.
New Orleans Spring Break Trip
For the past six years, BC Law students have donated their time and skills to the Gulf Coast’s recovery by volunteering in New Orleans. Students assist local attorneys to provide legal aid to individuals personally affected by the hurricanes, as well as organizations that continue to rebuild the city’s infrastructure.
Spring Break in Boston
Students staying in Boston have the opportunity to provide pro bono service to local non-profit organizations.
Below is a partial list of organizations that may be willing to host students in pro bono positions. Please see the Greenbook for a more extensive list.