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Definition of Pro Bono Service

For purposes of the College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition, Pro Bono Service is defined as follows:

  • I. Legal or law-related work for the benefit of: 
    • a) persons of limited means or underserved populations, or 
    • b) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means or underserved populations, or 
    • c) individuals, groups or organizations, or governmental units and agencies seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or 
    • d) charitable, religious, civic, or community organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, or 
    • e) governmental units or agencies, including judges, or 
    • f) educational organizations; or 
  • II. Participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession. 
  • III. Pro bono service includes only voluntary work which is uncompensated and for which academic credit is not received. Reimbursement of reasonable expenses or receipt of scholarships, stipends or other grants designated for the support of students performing voluntary services shall not be considered compensation.

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