Pro Bono Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the Pro Bono program. If these do not answer your question, please contact the Pro Bono Coordinator, Judson Mitchell.

Who can participate in the program?

A Loyola University School of Law student at any time during his or her law school career.

How do I get pro bono credit?

Do fifty (50) or more hours of pro bono work at an approved placement.  You may not receive compensation or class credit for any of this work.  Placements listed on this site are pre-approved and you can being work immediately, assuming a spot is available for you.  If you need help arranging a placement or if you wish to get pre-approval for a non-listed placement, please email Judson Mitchell for help.

Once you have completed at least fifty hours, you must register your pro bono work.  To do this, submit your information here (redirects to loyolalawtech.org).  You will be asked to provide information about your work and provide documentation from your supervisor of the hours you worked.  Once your registration is reviewed by the Pro Bono Coordinator, you will be notified of your completion of the Pro Bono program.

Will I get credit hours for participating in the Pro Bono Program?

No. Participation in the Pro Bono Program does not earn you credit hours. Successful completion of the program does, however, satisfy the Law and Poverty requirement, a requirement for graduation.

Where can I volunteer?

You can volunteer at any approved placement. The placements listed on this site are pre-approved. If you wish to propose a different placement, you are advised to submit a request for pre-approval to Judson Mitchell. If you do not get pre-approval, your request for pro bono credit may be denied.  A general description of requirements for a placement can be found in the Guidelines

Do I have to do my 50 hours in one semester?

No. You can complete your hours at any time during your law school career, assuming that this is acceptable to the supervisor at your placement.

Does the Gillis Long Pro Bono Program provide legal services?

No. The program provides volunteer law students to work in programs that DO provide legal services. If you need free legal assistance, you should start looking at Lawhelp.org.