Summer Pro Bono Service
The current pandemic has created numerous opportunities for pro bono service. Because this summer is unlike any other, TPIC will continue to support your continued service throughout the summer.
We will continue to collect and share opportunities for your to engage in pro bono work. If you are interested in receiving Summer Service Opportunities, sign up here. A current listing of opportunities can be found here.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Summer Pro Bono Service for this year. We hope this information helps. We also have created a flowchart that will help you navigate summer service this year. You can view it here.
If you still have questions, please reach out to TPIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Service Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Penn Law pro bono requirement remain the same?
- Yes, the policy remains in place that all JD students must complete at least 70 hours of pro bono service and those hours must be performed during the academic year. For this summer, students can log eligible pro bono hours that will count towards pro bono distinction, but not towards the pro bono requirement.
What type of work is eligible?
- The nature of eligible pro bono work over the summer remains the same as during the academic year. Please review our FAQs here to determine what work is eligible.
- Eligible summer pro bono work must be independent of your summer employment. Additionally, pro bono work completed for a firm where you are summer associate is not eligible.
- While TPIC will share pro bono opportunities as they become available, if you are interested in a self-initiated placement, please complete the request form for TPIC to review and approve before beginning your service.
- Some student pro bono projects may remain active throughout this summer. As long as the student leaders and supervising attorneys are engaged and willing to support your work and verify your time, the usual pro bono project logging protocols remain in place. Otherwise, the pro bono work will be treated as a self-initiated placement, and you will need to complete the request form to help us ensure that your will have support and supervision in your work.
How should I log hours completed during the summer?
- The process of logging hours over the summer remains the same as during the school year. Please review Replicon instructions here.
- Please note that pro bono hours logged for the 2019-2020 academic year must be approved by Monday, June 8th at noon. Hours that are not approved by then will be deleted in Replicon and cannot be retroactively logged next academic year to count towards the Penn Law pro bono requirement.
- If you have hours awaiting approval, please contact your supervising attorney and ask them to review and approve your hours by Friday, June 5th at noon.
If you are experiencing challenges in getting a response from your supervising attorney, please alert TPIC before June 5th so that we can help you contact your supervisor.
What does this mean for the NY Bar Pro Bono requirement?
- The New York Pro Bono Requirement is different from the Penn Law Pro Bono Requirement. Summer work, even that done as part of a summer internship, can count towards the New York Pro Bono Requirement as long as it is otherwise eligible. Questions about New York Pro Bono Requirement may be directed to Sarah Egoville.