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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

  • 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
  • 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,
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
recognition at Student Convocation, plaque, recognition in graduation program
Contact Information

Public Service

Stephen Rispoli
Director of Student Relations


Public Interest Legal Society

Bridget Fuselier
Faculty Advisor

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