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Student Pro Bono Groups

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School supports several internationally focused pro bono projects. These established and active projects are each led by a student executive board and offer unique leadership and practice opportunities.

Pro Bono IHRA

International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA)

The International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) works with community partners through several different multi-year projects aimed at addressing human rights abuses and building rule of law infrastructure in the U.S. and internationally.



International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) brings together law students and supervising attorneys to aid individual clients and their families at various stages of the refugee and resettlement process.


Penn Carey Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP)

The Penn Carey Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP) is dedicated to providing legal services to people from around the world who hope to call the United States their home.

Visit the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) for information on pro bono projects. For questions on projects, please contact Alisha Rodriguez, Associate Director for Access to Justice Initiatives.

“IHRA [International Human Rights Advocates] is a pro bono group that partners with local organizations around the world to work on international law issues important to their locales. [This year] we’re partnering with an organization in Argentina that does research on digital democracy and access to technology and election laws. We’re also partnering with another organization in Lebanon that does work on legal resources for victims of mass atrocities committed by the government. It’s a really great [opportunity] to get pro bono hours, get experience, and see what issues are important to communities around the world.”
– Joelle Hageboutros L’21

“Assisting with research for the International Human Rights Advocates and their work against unjust deportations of Haitians from the United States was a meaningful experience. It taught me the power and urgency of using the law to build a case for somebody whose life and family literally depended on our work. I was able to substantively develop my international legal and policy research capabilities, which I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else as a 1L.” 
– Leah Wong L’18