Pro Bono Program

UCI Law’s Pro Bono Program is a reflection of the school’s deep commitment to public service and experiential learning. The school encourages each student to participate
by providing legal services to underserved communities and causes while supervised by an attorney or member of the Law School faculty.

Collaborations with more than 20 law firms over the past six years have helped UCI Law to significantly increase services to low-income clients, while also helping to alleviate the caseloads of local legal services providers. UCI Law students have directly parlayed their roles as pro bono project leaders into post-graduate paid positions. UCI Law alumni in private practice have been extremely active pro bono volunteers, and many have joined the ranks of attorneys who supervise UCI Law student pro bono work.


“It has been a great pleasure working with UCI law students both at my office and at the courthouse domestic violence restraining order declaration clinic. They have been fast learners and incredibly professional. They take instructions well and also take initiative. They are eager to delve into the law and work with clients. I have witnessed their tremendous growth throughout the semester and have no doubt that the will accomplish great things in their careers. It has been a privilege supervising them and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

Hadar Zemah, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Family Law
Public Law Center

1Ls doing pro bono work with Inner City Law Center

Project List

The Pro Bono Program provides opportunities each semester and during school breaks for students to engage in pre-approved pro bono projects, indicated in the Project List. Additionally, students are encouraged to create their own projects, which must be approved.

Students going out to migrant farm workers

Alternative Breaks

The Pro Bono Program provides unique opportunities for students to volunteer during each academic break. These projects allow students to have a more intensive pro bono experience.

Pro Bono awardees April 2014

Awards

Each year, students who reach the recommended number of pro bono hours for the year (20 hours for 1Ls, and 50 hours each for 2Ls and 3Ls) are honored, along with outstanding pro bono partners, at the Pro Bono and Student Life Awards event.

Tips on Professionalism

All students participating in any pro bono projects must read the Tips on Professionalism, and abide by the Pro Bono Code.