JD Program Guidelines
All students at the Law School must perform 70 hours of pro bono legal work by the end of the 3L year, a minimum of 35 of these hours must be completed by the end of the 2L year. You can get a head start on your pro bono service during your first year at Penn Law by earning a maximum of 35 hours of public service credit for work in approved placements.
If you’re similar to approximately 93% of recent Penn Law grads, you are likely to exceed the 70 hour pro bono requirement!
At Penn Law, we define public service both broadly and non-ideologically. Students can earn pro bono credit for satisfactory performance of uncompensated, attorney-supervised, law-related public service at an eligible placement.
You must document your service hours on the log form, verified by your supervisor, and submit them to the Toll Public Interest Center on or before the last day of classes each semester.
Please do not wait until the end of the semester to report problems with your pro bono work. Be sure to speak to or email a TPIC staff member if you are having an issue.