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Pro Bono & Public Service Program Guidelines

The pro bono and community service program for Baylor Law Students

Objectives of the program

Structural:
  • Make students aware of opportunities to serve and to connect students to those opportunities
  • Track hours performed for internal use and for reporting purposes
  • Recognize students for their service
Ideological:
  • Expose students to the needs of the Waco community and beyond
  • Impart to students the responsibility they have as attorneys to serve
  • Help students learn to find time to serve while managing a heavy workload
  • Provide students with educational experiences to enhance the classroom learning experience
  • Develop the desire in students to make pro bono work a priority once they begin practicing
Who can participate?
  • All students regardless of future career goals
  • 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls can all participate, but students cannot participate in law-related work until the completion of their first quarter
What work is included?
  • Public interest (government, prosecutors, public defenders, direct services, law reform, public interest law firms, judicial internships) and community service
  • 75% of hours must be in law-related service*
*Examples: assisting a professor with a pro bono project, working with the State Bar Pipeline Project, unpaid internship with the Legal Assistance Project, volunteering at Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Up to 25% of hours can be any type of community service*
*Examples: building with Habitat for Humanity, serving at Meals on Wheels, taking pets to nursing homes through Fuzzy Friends
  • Work cannot be for academic credit, disciplinary purposes, or for pay (with the exception of a living stipend)
* For a list of organizations or to get approval for a project, see the Asst. Dean of Professional Development & Student Relations.
How does the program work?
  • Complete the Intent to Participate form (See the Asst. Dean of Prof. Development & Student Relations)
  • If not a "recognized organization," get approval prior to completing work in order to have it qualify for the program
  • Record hours regularly (preferably weekly, but at a minimum quarterly)
  • At least 75% of the hours must be performed while taking at least 5 quarter hours of credit
  • Hours must be completed at least one month prior to graduation
  • Complete Brochure
Qualification Level Recognition
75 - hours @ graduation Bronze level Certificate, recognition at
Student Convocation
150 - hours @ graduation Silver level Certificate, recognition at Student Convocation,
paper weight
200 - hours @ graduation Gold level Certificate, recognition at Student Convocation,
plaque
225 - hours @ graduation
plus at least 10 hours from among the following classes:
  • Civil Liberties
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Elder Law
  • EnvironmentalLaw
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Retirement Law
  • Separation of Church & State
  • Voting Rights
  • Non-profits
Platinum level - designation as Public Interest
Scholar
Certificate,
recognition at Student Convocation, plaque, recognition in graduation program
Contact Information

Public Service

Stephen Rispoli
Director of Student Relations

254.710.3927
Stephen_Rispoli@baylor.edu

Public Interest Legal Society

Bridget Fuselier
Faculty Advisor

bridget_fuselier@baylor.edu

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