Pro bono project proposals may be submitted by students, legal services organizations, or individual attorneys. The submission method varies according to the project initiator.
Students are encouraged to design and submit pro bono projects that address their interests. A student (or group of students) must identify a host organization and work with the organization to design a project. The student submits a written Student Project Proposal Application to the Pro Bono Director, who will then meet with the student to review the proposal. The student may be required to revise aspects of the proposal and obtain approval of any revisions from the host organization. The Pro Bono Director can then approve the project and the student may begin work immediately, according to the schedule determined by the student and the host organization.
Legal Services Organizations:
Legal services organizations should identify a specific project within their organization for student volunteers to work under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Legal services organizations may then obtain student assistance by submitting a Pro Bono Project Application, which requires applicants to describe the project goals and the type of student pro bono participation requested. If pro bono student participation is used to support ongoing projects within the host organization, the organization should articulate specific goals for the student participation. Upon receiving and reviewing the application, the Pro Bono Director may conduct a site visit and meet with the supervising attorneys. Once the project is approved, it will be advertised to students.
If an organization is seeking student volunteers for multiple projects, it should submit a separate application for each project. There is no limit to the number of students or projects that a single organization can host.
Individual attorneys working with pro bono clients must register with a legal services organization or in limited circumstances, serve as court-appointed counsel prior to becoming eligible for student pro bono assistance. Attorneys may then register with the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program using an Attorney Registration Form. The Pro Bono Director will arrange a meeting with the attorney to discuss the regulations of the Mithoff Pro Bono Program and the attorney must sign a commitment to adhere to the Mithoff Pro Bono Program guidelines. Once an attorney is approved, the Pro Bono Director will make the project available to students. Upon request, the Pro Bono Director can also assist in pairing students with attorneys.