Bono Placements: All Time High
DURING THE 2004-05 academic year, Public Service’s
pro bono project enjoyed a remarkably high level of student and employer
participation. There were 980 field placements (a 38 percent increase
over 2004) with 396 organizations nationally and internationally. In addition,
the unusually large graduating class of 2005 clearly lived up to the ethic
and ideals of public service. Indeed, 66 percent of the class exceeded
the 70 hour pro bono requirement and collectively the class performed
more than 30,000 hours of service, compared to 24,500 in the prior class.
The program continues to support the growth of student-managed projects
through which 263 Penn Law students received training from civil services
lawyers. Students provided legal assistance to thousands of clients in
a broad range of areas including domestic violence, immigration, human
rights, and unemployment matters.