Georgetown Pro Bono Project
"Through the Pro Bono Project, I had the opportunity to work with an attorney representing a DC neighborhood seeking an injunction to keep a historic landmark from becoming a bus depot. Even as a 1L, I found that I could make a real difference, providing needed research to support the attorney's work in the courtroom. I had a great opportunity to watch a talented professional in action with people who cared deeply watching on. The neighborhood got their injunction - observing real justice done by our legal system is worth leaving the classroom to see."
- Christopher Peterson, Class of 2015
The Georgetown Pro Bono Project is designed to provide Georgetown Law students, including 1Ls, with opportunities to to engage in hands-on, law-related volunteer work. The Project matches students with pro bono placements at area nonprofits and legal service providers where they assist with a wide variety of tasks, including: performing intakes and interviewing clients, investigating cases, filing court pleadings, accompanying clients to court, performing legal or policy research, evaluating court proceedings, among other tasks. Projects range in time commitment from around 5 hours per week to 5 hours over the course of the semester, and are designed to accommodate busy student schedules. Participating in the Georgetown Pro Bono Project is a great way to give back to the DC community, gain practical experience, build professional connections, keep up your language skills, and accumulate hours towards the Pro Bono Pledge.
The organizations that participate primarily provide legal services to low-income individuals living in DC or the surrounding metropolitan area. For a list of the organizations looking for volunteers this spring, click on the following link: Spring 2015 Pro Bono Service Project Employers. Some of the practice areas represented include:
Child Abuse & Neglect
Criminal or Juvenile Justice
Elder Law & Probate
Labor & Employment
Housing and Homelessness
To Participate: to participate in a project this fall, please sign up and indicate which project(s) you are most interested in here: http://apps.law.georgetown.edu/forms/index.cfm?formid=1025.
Please complete and submit this form by Friday, January 16th, 2015. Final placements will be emailed to you by Wednesday, January 21st. We will do our best to match as many interested students as possible and to pair you with one of your top choices.
Feel free to stop by Room 212 anytime to speak with the Pro Bono Coordinator about the Georgetown Pro Bono Project or other pro bono-related questions.