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Pro Bono Service

Penn Law was the first national law school to require students to engage in pro bono service.

Penn Law students with a supervising attorney at Friends of Farmworkers

Student works with a supervising attorney at Friends of Farmworkers.

Penn Law’s passion for pro bono: 93% of the graduating class of 2014 exceeded the 70 hour pro bono requirement.

Penn Law aims to promote an ethic of service in all students while encouraging them to develop professional skills and enhance their legal education.  The centerpiece of Penn Law’s pledge to service is a graduation obligation of at least 70 hours of pro bono legal work. As the hub of public interest activities at Penn Law, the Toll Public Interest Center coordinates a wide range of pro bono initiatives, including internal pro bono projects and the many external opportunities that students pursue. 

Penn Law students perform pro bono services for hundreds of nonprofits, government and legal services agencies, and law firms locally, nationally, and globally. Penn Law’s 27 student-run pro bono groups enable students to satisfy their pro bono requirement while engaging in acts of leadership, working with their peers, and serving causes about which students are most passionate. Our self-initiated pro bono option enables Penn Law students to mold a pro bono experience as unique as their own interests.