Former Chief Justice Ronald George of the California Supreme Court has stated, "If the motto 'and justice for all' becomes 'and justice for those who can afford it' we threaten the very underpinnings of our social contract." In California, there is roughly one legal aid lawyer for every 8,361 low income Californians; by contrast there is one private lawyer for every 250 Californians. Roughly one-third of our low-income population has access to civil legal assistance; too often this assistance is far less than what is needed.
UC Hastings College of Law has a long-standing commitment to serving those in need and providing access to justice for those in need. In support of this mission, students are encouraged to commit to at least 45 hours of pro bono services over the course of their three years at UC Hastings. Many well-exceed this requirement, some providing hundreds of hours of service. As an illustration of this commitment, students sign the Pro Bono Pledge.
Students who meet the 45 hour goal prior to graduation will be inducted into the Pro Bono Society and recognized in the graduation program. This achievement will also be noted on the student's transcript. Students who have completed 150 hours or more of pro bono services will be recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono; this will be noted in the graduation program and on the students’ transcripts as well.
Sign up now to make a personal commitment, stay up-to-date on program offerings, pro bono opportunities, and pro bono resources. Pledges may be submitted electronically to Jayme Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off to the Pro Bono office in Suite 350 of the Tower (100 McAllister).