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Pro Bono Program

Providing Access to Justice

The Pro Bono Program is a manifestation of the commitment of Florida International University College of Law, its faculty and alumni to ensure that you learn about a lawyer’s role in providing access to justice by assisting in providing legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.  Your pro bono experience should be an integral part of your law school education and we urge you to participate enthusiastically in placements that will enable you to help others.

You should start planning for your pro bono service activity during your first year of law school after your first semester of courses.  To graduate, you are required to complete 30 pro bono hours prior to your penultimate semester.  You are responsible for obtaining placements at approved sites or sponsored programs, or you may submit a proposal for approval for an alternate placement before commencing service.  The Office of Externships and Pro Bono Program is available for guidance in selecting a placement.

*Please note, the Pro Bono Program does not provide legal assistance to the public; it is part of the FIU Law students’ academic experiential learning requirement.  For legal assistance, please contact the FIU Law Clinical Program at 305.348.7541.*

Pro Bono Program Guidelines and Required Forms

(This is only a guide law students can request a proposal for pro bono service for any agency not listed in the approved list)

Program Faculty

Professor Phyllis Williams Kotey, Director of Externships & Pro Bono Program
Zoraya Ledesma, Coordinator Pro Bono Program

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