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LLM Pro Bono Program

The Toll Public Interest Center is excited to welcome LLMs as participants in Penn Law’s commitment to service. As an integral part of the LLM program, public service and pro bono provide students with important opportunities to develop their professional skills while learning more about the communities that exist beyond the walls of Penn Law.

Though not a graduation requirement, LLMs are welcome and encouraged to take part in law school approved pro bono work. Like JD students, there are LLM levels of service distinctions:

Levels of Recognition 

Awards are given for the following achievements:

  • Distinguished LLM Pro Bono Award
    • 10+ hours of service
  • Outstanding LLM Pro Bono Award
    • 20+ hours of service
  • Exemplary LLM Pro Bono Award
    • 45+ hours of service

Eligible Hours 

  • LLM and JD pro bono have the same guidelines. For more information please look here.

Travel and Events 

  • Time spent traveling, or attending meetings, speaker events, or social events are not considered public service hours.

Submission Procedures 

  • Log forms are available here or at TPIC. Once signed by you and your supervisor, they can be submitted to TPIC once each semester.
  • Stay tuned for more information on our new online system for reporting hours! 

New York Bar Pro Bono Requirement

  • For information on New York’s new requirement, please check out this page.


Please do not hesitate to contact Emily Sutcliffe.


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