Pro Bono Program FAQ
The Center for Access to Justice is launching a student Pro Bono Program to connect students with legal service opportunities. As part of this launch, the College of Law is updating how students record and report volunteer service hours. Students now report law-related volunteering separately from other volunteer service.
- Rather than report all service hours as “pro bono,” students will report law-related volunteer hours as “pro bono” and all other volunteer hours as “public service.”
- Students who complete 50 or more hours of pro bono and/or public service during law school will graduate with “pro bono and public service distinction” rather than “pro bono distinction.”
- Legal and non-legal volunteer service will continue to be recognized at graduation.
- Students record volunteer service hours at insidelaw.gsu.edu/pro-bono-log-form/.
- The levels of graduation recognition remain the same: “with distinction” is awarded for 50–99 hours, “with high distinction” is awarded for 100–149 hours, and “with highest distinction” is awarded for 150 or more hours.
- Volunteer work on behalf of a candidate for office or under the auspices of a political party does not qualify for pro bono or public service recognition.
*See, e.g., Pro bono, Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).