UC Hastings’ Pro Bono Program offers students opportunities to meaningfully engage with clients and bring essential legal services to underserved communities. Students who choose to participate gain practical skills, and make sincere connections with non-profits and lawyers. Hastings’ unique location in central San Francisco allows students to work with our neighbors on a range of issues, including fighting evictions, seeking asylum, challenging sentences of death, and set up socially-focused businesses.
Students have the opportunity to sign the Pro Bono Pledge, where students make a personal commitment to provide 45 hours of pro bono hours prior to graduation. This Pledge honors the California Bar and ABA’s encouragement for all attorneys to devote time annually to pro bono service to ensure the promise of “justice for all” is a reality.