Center for Access to Justice Introduces Certificate, Pro Bono Program
This fall, the Center for Access to Justice introduced a Public Interest Law and Policy Certificate and the student-run Pro Bono Program, both of which are designed to prepare law students to serve underrepresented populations, whether in a full-time or pro bono (without charge) capacity.
“The certificate curriculum exposes students to the skills and legal knowledge necessary to work with underserved individuals, communities and interests,” said Lauren Sudeall Lucas, faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice, who developed the certificate along with Assistant Director Darcy Meals.
Certificate students complete at least 40 hours of volunteer legal service through the Pro Bono Program, which pairs interested students with local legal organizations, providing an opportunity to develop relevant skills and substantive knowledge while giving back to the community.
“The certificate, the Pro Bono Program and the Center for Access to Justice’s broader mission reflect Georgia State’s commitment to public service and underscore lawyers’ responsibility to provide legal services to those who are unable to pay,” Meals said. “As the justice gap widens, the Center for Access to Justice is training the next generation of lawyers to serve the public interest, empowering students to identify and eliminate barriers to equal justice.”