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Pro Bono Pledge

Pursuant to The Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program's vision, we encourage students to take the Pro Bono Pledge and commit to providing at least 50 hours of pro bono service by the time they graduate law school.  Students who take the Pro Bono Pledge (class of 2012, all other graduation years) are encouraged to reach the recommended benchmarks for each year in law school, as outlined in the pledge.  

While students are encouraged to take the pledge during orientation of their 1L year, students are not required to take the pledge in order to participate in pro bono projects.  In addition, students may take the pro bono pledge at any point during law school.  Qualifying pro bono hours performed during law school before taking the pro bono pledge will count towards pledge benchmarks, provided the hours are documented and can be confirmed with the project supervisor.  Students who pledge after November of their 1L year may do so online via Symplicity.

Instructions for taking the pro bono pledge via Symplicity:

To sign the pro bono pledge, please do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in to your Symplicity account.
  3. Click on the “Profile” tab.
  4. Click on the “Pro bono” option.
  5. Click on the “Registration” tab.
  6. “Accept” the pledge and fill out the interest survey.  To make your pro bono experience both meaningful and interesting to you, we will tailor the opportunities we send you to match your expressed interests.