Pro Bono Snapshot
Penn Law’s Pro Bono Program has experienced tremendous expansion in the last few years. Building off of the school’s strong commitment to service, the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) now oversees 25 internal pro bono projects and over 100 ad hoc and student-initiated pro bono placements in nonprofit, government, and legal services organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. TPIC is able to provide such a diverse array of pro bono opportunities as a direct result of student commitment. This ever-growing student involvement is illustrated by the dramatically increasing number of students exceeding the 70 hour pro bono requirement each year. For example, since 2010 the percentage of students who exceeded the requirement jumped from 71% to nearly 86%! For more information please visit our website.
Exciting New Partnerships between Toll Public Interest Center Pro Bono Projects and Community Partners
Penn Law students gain hands-on skills through pro bono work at the Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center
The Penn Housing Rights Project (PHRP), a pro bono project of the Toll Public Interest Center, has launched an exciting new partnership with Philadelphia Legal Assistance and the Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center. The Help Center is the City’s first court-based legal assistance project, providing free legal information, advice and limited representation to unrepresented, low income individuals of all ages who are facing eviction and other legal rental housing problems in Philadelphia. A select group of first-time law student volunteers received intensive training on how to communicate with low-income tenants, how to work with a specialized case management system, as well as the key legal issues in landlord/tenant law. Read more.