One of students’ most common concerns is whether clinic work counts toward the pro bono requirement.
Clinics and Pro Bono
The Court’s FAQ questions 12 and 15 suggest that casework conducted within the framework of a clinical course may count toward the requirement. You and your supervising attorney should review the examples listed in the FAQs and determine whether your work qualifies.
The chart below lists clinics where we expect that you will be able to count casework towards the bar admission pro bono requirements. The ultimate determination depends on the NY Court of Appeals’ rules. For each clinic the chart also indicates the semesters in which the clinic is offered and whether it is open to evening students.
|Pro Bono||Semesters Offered||Evening Students|
|Asylum Clinic||Yes||F & S||No|
|Civil Justice and National Advocacy Clinic||Yes||S||Yes|
|Civil Rights Clinic||Yes||F & S||No|
|Conservation Law and Policy Clinic||No||F & S||No|
|Criminal Defense Clinic||Yes||F & S||No|
|Criminal Prosecution Clinic—Kings County||Yes||F & S||No|
|Criminal Prosecution Clinic—New York County||Yes||F & S||No|
|Cyberharassment Clinic||Yes||F & S||Yes|
|Elder Law Clinic||Yes||S||Yes|
|Education Law Clinic||Yes||F & S||Yes|
|Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic||Yes||F & S||No|
|Legislative Advocacy Clinic||Yes||F||Yes|
|Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar||Yes||F & S||No|
|PTO Patent Clinic||No||F & S||Yes|
|PTO Trademark Clinic||No||F & S||Yes|
|Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic||Yes||F or S||Yes|
|Securities Arbitration Clinic||Yes||F & S||Yes|
|Veterans Justice Clinic||Yes||F or S||No|
Completing an Externship?
Students are reminded that their externships may provide hours towards the pro bono requirement. Externships with government agencies, non-profit legal services providers, and judicial externships will likely qualify. Find out more about externships and how to apply through the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning’s page.