Pro Bono Initiatives

Video of Information Session Now Available

In order to assist those of you who will be subject to the new pro bono requirement, New York Law School’s Pro Bono Initiatives Program held an information session on October 16 to answer basic questions about the requirement and to introduce you to some of the opportunities available for fulfilling the requirement.

If you were unable to attend the session, you can now view a video recording of the presentation on the Law School’s portal at Student Resources > Academics > Bar Exam > Pro Bono Initiatives.

About the Law School’s Pro Bono Initiatives Program

Welcome to New York Law School’s Pro Bono Initiatives webpage. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the participation of members of the New York Law School community in pro bono activities, which are an essential aspect of our professional responsibilities as lawyers and lawyers-to-be. We will post here opportunities for volunteering as well as training.

Applicants seeking to be admitted to the New York State bar on or after January 1, 2015 will need to demonstrate that they have completed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work prior to submitting their applications for admission. For more information on this requirement and how to satisfy it, visit the following websites:

Website of New York Unified Court System regarding Pro Bono Requirement:
http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/baradmissionreqs.shtml

Pro bono FAQs from New York State Office of Court Administration:
http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/FAQsBarAdmission.pdf

Form Affidavit of Compliance:
http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/AppForAdmission_Pro-BonoReq_Fillable.pdf

Volunteer Opportunities

New opportunities are regularly listed on the Law School’s portal and on Symplicity. Find opportunities on the portal under the “Student Resources” tab by clicking “Academics” and then looking on the “Bar Exam” section and clicking on “Pro Bono Initiatives.” Many opportunities are also listed on Symplicity: just search for “pro bono.”