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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

Skills

Advocacy

Communication

Client

Core Legal

Management

Miscellaneous

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.

  • Aequitas at Penn
    Categories/skills: Criminal Justice
  • 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
  • Domestic Violence Assistance Project (DVAP)

    DVAP, partnering with Women’s Law Project and Philadelphia Legal Assistance, enables students to volunteer at Philadelphia Family Court and provide information to those who have filed petitions for PFA. This information includes service of process, how to prepare for a hearing, what to expect at the hearing, and how to address abuse even after receiving a PFA, as well as additional resources available to victims of domestic violence.

    Categories/skills: Civil & Political Rights, client counseling, community engagement, working with vulnerable clients
  • Legal Education Partnership (LEP)

    The Legal Education Partnership provides comprehensive support to the students and community at the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School. The partnership is mutually beneficial, providing a place for community activism for the law students while also providing the high school with academic support, aspiration building programs, and legal resources. Activities include mock trial, debate, teen court, and student government coaching.

    Categories/skills: community engagement, Education, public speaking, working with vulnerable clients
  • 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 Advocates for the Homeless (PLAH)

    Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless (PLAH) provides free civil legal services to clients in the University City area. Each Wednesday, PLAH 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
  • Project PEACE

    Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Attorneys, Children, and Educators), is a BLSA-led pro bono initiative which focuses on reducing violence and conflicts in schools.  Through a close partnership with The Heston School in West Philadelphia, BLSA leads courses on mediation and positive means to manage conflict. The goal of Project PEACE is to continuously expose students to an array of conflict resolution methods.

    Categories/skills: community engagement, conflict resolution, Education, working with vulnerable clients
  • Street Law

    The Penn Street Law project provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the most important members of our community. Namely, those members are the city’s students. The project affords volunteers flexibility in making lesson plans and presenting to classrooms on subjects of their choice. 

    Categories/skills: community engagement, Education, working with vulnerable clients
  • Youth Education Program (YEP)

    JWP 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