Students are asked to commit to deliver 45 hours of pro bono services over the course of their three years at UC Hastings by signing the Pro Bono Pledge. The hours may be satisfied in a gradually increasing manner (10 hours in first year, 15 in 2nd and 20 in 3rd) or may be satisfied in a single year. Those students meeting 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.
The California Bar and the American Bar Association encourages lawyers to devote at least 50 hours annually to the provision of pro bono legal services to indigent individuals or to non-profits whose primary purpose is the provision of legal services to or on behalf of the poor or disadvantaged or to non-profits whose mission is to improve the law and legal system or to increase access to justice for all. At UC Hastings, we believe this commitment to the delivery of legal services is an integral and intensely satisfying part of your legal education and enhances the development of your professional identity.
As part of that commitment, UC Hastings participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Click here to learn more about the program.
The provision of pro bono legal services is an integral component of a legal education and to the practice of law. UC Hastings encourages and fosters pro bono participation by all members of our community in an effort to improve access to justice for all.