About the Pro Bono Project
Although Wake Forest law students have been engaged in pro bono work for many years, a formal Pro Bono Project was started during the 2009-2010 school year. In the 2010-2011 school year, the law school provided greater administrative support by hiring a Director of Outreach, Professor Beth Hopkins. The Pro Bono Project has filled hundreds of placements with attorneys in non-profit organizations, private practice, and North Carolina’s legal services organizations. The program is administered by a student executive board with the support and assistance of the law school administration and partnerships with local attorneys and legal services organizations. The Pro Bono Project is the central point for all pro bono activities at the law school and maintains a database to keep track of student pro bono work. We look forward to continuing this tradition of helping our community in the 2012-2013 school year with on-going participation in existing projects and undertaking new projects.
There are five core goals of the Wake Forest University School of Law Pro Bono Project:
(1) offer student assistance attorneys who provide high quality, low-cost legal services to individuals in need,
(2) expand the number of pro bono projects in our community,
(3) enhance legal education by offering students with pre-clinical opportunities to develop practical legal skills,
(4) encourage greater participation in pro bono work among the local bar, and
(5) to create a life long commitment to pro bono work among law school students and alumni.