ABA Model Rule 6.1 encourages all lawyers to commit at
least 50 hours per year to Pro Bono work. When you do Pro Bono work as a
lawyer, you will have to keep track of those hours – start practicing now
while you are a student! This practice will mean that upon graduation, you
will have a written record to point to if needed by your future state bar or
Furthermore, students who log more than 50 hours of Pro Bono
work will receive a notation on their transcript. Students who perform
more than 75 hours by the end of the third year receive an award during the
Pro Bono Publico Awards and students who perform more than 100 hours
by the end of their third year are recognized at graduation. Finally, Pro
Bono work gives students practical experience often not found in doctrinal
There is a great need for free legal
services in the North Carolina community and beyond. Knowing how
students are consistently participating in Pro Bono work allows area
attorneys to confidently offer more Pro Bono projects, projects that reach
unmet legal needs in our own backyard.
Having an accurate record of
student involvement lets the UNC Pro Bono Program better evaluate
student opportunities for involvement, enabling us to provide even more
meaningful student Pro Bono experiences in the future.
Being able to point to an accurate record of
student participation lets UNC Law better communicate with attorneys and
alumni, which in turn provides more opportunities for student networking
and professional development. Additionally, a strong showing of Pro Bono
hours helps the school continue to encourage qualified, compassionate
students to apply.
"Pro Bono should be a part of everyone's Carolina Law experience because this
place is about more than enhancing our academic understanding of the law, it's
also professional training for practice later in life."
- Belal Elrahal, 3L