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Pro Bono Skills Inventory

Helping you optimize your pro bono by exploring the intersection between your substantive interests and professional skill development goals

Pro Bono Practice Areas





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Instructions: Below is a list of all of our student-run pro bono projects. You can use the buttons above to narrow the list based on your interests. To narrow your selection, you can select one practice group and one skill from each category (up to a total of six). You can switch between practice areas (or skills within a category) by clicking a new one. To clear your selections, hit the "Reset" button to the right.
View a glossary of skills here.

  • Criminal Record Expungement Project (CREP)

    In Pennsylvania, criminal records are publicly available. As a result, many Philadelphians have difficulty obtaining jobs and housing due to crimes that they were not convicted for committing. C-REP connects lawyers and law students directly with affected communities, processing intake applications and filing petitions to expunge and redact non-conviction data from clients’ criminal records. C-REP has also been working to expand the ability of 2Ls and 3L to appear in court on behalf of our clients who are seeking expungements/redactions.

    Categories/skills: client counseling, Criminal Justice, draft court pleadings, interviewing & intake
  • Pardon Project

    The Pardon Project works with Community Legal Services to assist ex-offenders in obtaining pardons. Penn Law students interview clients, draft petitions and pleadings, and help shepherd cases through the pardon process.

    Categories/skills: client counseling, community engagement, Criminal Justice, draft court pleadings, investigation, project management, working with vulnerable clients
  • Penn Law’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project (WILA)

    Penn Law’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project (WILA) provides free civil legal services to clients in the University City area. Each Wednesday, WILA works with the Homeless Advocacy Project to interview clients, obtain birth certificates, address landlord-tenant disputes, apply for social security benefits, file taxes and more.

    Categories/skills: client counseling, client intake, community engagement, Economic Justice, interviewing & intake, working with vulnerable clients
  • Prison Legal Education Project
    Categories/skills: Criminal Justice
  • Youth Education Program (YEP)

    YEP volunteers teach local high school students about their constitutional rights and responsibilities. Volunteers also prepare students for a moot court competition by helping the students draft oral arguments and coaching them to deliver the arguments. The project’s goals are to teach urban high school students about the U.S. Constitution and their constitutional rights, connect the students to Philadelphia’s history as the site of the Constitutional Convention, and help them improve their critical thinking and oral advocacy skills.

    Categories/skills: community engagement, Education, public speaking, working with vulnerable clients