Because the law school’s program is voluntary, the Executive Board does not “place” students with a project, but offers students assistance in several ways to find suitable pro bono projects. Jane Steckbeck, Associate Director, Public Service Initiatives, will meet with students to discuss pro bono opportunities. In addition, the Executive Board provides information on existing pro bono opportunities, and encourages students to seek out and arrange their own pro bono projects. The Executive Board is always available to answer student questions about how to contact organizations. Students have the exclusive responsibility for keeping accurate records and will not receive pro bono recognition unless the work has been performed in full compliance with the Program Guidelines. The Pro Bono Program operates under the Honor Code. Inflating or falsifying hours could result in disciplinary action.
- Read and become familiar with the law school’s Definition of Pro Bono and Statement of Completion Program.
- Locate a Pro Bono employer or project using the local pro bono list, ORProBonoStudent.net, the Public Service Law Network, an in-house pro bono opportunity or your own efforts. Once you begin working, track the following information:
- The name of your Pro Bono Employer;
- A brief description of your work;
- The time frame for your work;
- Your total hours.
- Our online reporting system is available to make reporting quick and easy. Please report your hours using the instructions on the online reporting form, which can be found here.
- If you have any doubts about whether your prospective project meets one of the definitions of pro bono, submit a brief written description of the proposed project to Associate Director for Public Service Initiatives Jane Steckbeck. The Board will review your description and advise you whether your proposed project qualifies for pro bono credit.
- You may report hours at any time, but it is especially helpful to report hours: in in April, before finals begin; in August after completing summer pro bono hours; and in December, after completing fall pro bono. In any event, all hours must be reported by April 30 of each year to be counted by the Oregon State Bar.
- The Executive Board will hold your records establishing full compliance with the Pro Bono Program requirements until April of your graduation year, at which time the Executive Board will forward your name to the Administration for Certification. Certificates are awarded at graduation.
- At any time upon completing your 40 hours and turning in your completed forms to the Pro Bono Executive Board, you may state on your résumé: “Pro Bono Statement of Completion.”