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Pro Bono Requirements

Law-Related:
To receive recognition for pro bono work, students at The University of Texas School of Law must perform law-related pro bono work. Pro bono projects must require legal knowledge and/or application of legal skills to qualify as law-related. 
Students may not receive any financial compensation for pro bono work counted towards the Pro Bono Program benchmarks. Any pro bono work performed to fulfill requirements of a clinic or directed study, or to obtain other academic credit, will not be counted towards recognized pro bono hours.


Non-Legal Pro Bono Work:
Subject to individual approval by the Pro Bono Director, students may perform certain non-legal work for pro bono credit. Non-legal work may be counted for no more than 20% of the 50 hour benchmark (i.e.: only 10 of the 50 hours can be non-legal community service). Non-legal hours above the 20% cap may be counted for recognition only after the 50 hour benchmark is met.


Eligible Clients:
To receive recognition from the Pro Bono Program, legal and non-legal pro bono work must serve:

  1. Clients of limited financial means;
  2. Charitable, governmental, or not-for-profit organizations that serve clients of limited financial means;
  3. Charitable, governmental, or not-for-profit organizations that seek to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties and other public rights; or
  4. Charitable, governmental, not-for-profit, or educational organizations where payment for legal services would significantly decrease their ability to serve clients.
  5. Charitable, governmental, or not-for-profit, or educational organizations that work to improve the law, the legal system, or the legal profession, including courts and legislatures.

These guidelines are adapted from ABA Model Rule 6.1.


Summer Pro Bono:
Pro Bono service performed during the summer can count towards your pro bono hours.  In order to qualify, the pro bono work must be done outside of your summer job requirements (i.e. cannot be pro bono done at a firm internship if you get compensated for the time you work on pro bono matters).