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External Pro Bono Placements

In addition to working with one (or more!) of our student pro bono groups, Penn Law students are welcome to do pro bono through self-initiated placements or external pro bono opportunities circulated by TPIC.

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Self-Initiated Placements

External Opportunities

Historical List of External Organizations

Self-Initiated Placements

Students who have identified an external pro bono opportunity must fill out a Student-Initiated Placement Form and submit it to TPIC for approval. Students should not begin any self-initiated work prior to TPIC’s approval.

Eligible placement sites include:

  • All government agencies.
  • All non-profit organizations other than trade associations, regardless of the political orientation of the organization.
  • Assisting private attorneys in pro bono cases.
  • Pro bono work on behalf of non-profit community groups is eligible if it meets the above definition and is performed by the supervisor in his or her role as counsel to the organization.
  • Work done for a faculty member (other than work on scholarship) may qualify if it meets all other criteria.
  • Clerkships with an individual judge do not qualify; however, court projects assisting pro se litigants are eligible.

External Opportunities

Penn Law and TPIC maintain partnerships with legal aid organizations in the community. These organizations often need law student volunteers to aid them in the important work they do.

All opportunities posted meet Penn Law’s pro bono eligibility guidelines. When an opportunity meets the NY Bar guidelines as well, an apple icon will appear in the posting. Click below to see a list of the current pro bono opportunities.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Historical List of External Organizations

Students have initiated external placements at over 300 organizations around the world. Below is a small sample intended to illustrate the breadth of service opportunities available to our students.

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Legal Defense
  • Campaign for Working Families
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Disability Law and Policy
  • Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights
  • City of Philadelphia Law Department
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Disability Law Center
  • Federal Public Defender Offices
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Justice