Why Log Your Pro Bono Hours?

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It Helps You

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 employer.

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 classes.

It Helps the Community

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.

It Helps the Pro Bono Program

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.

It Helps UNC Law

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

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