Pro Bono & Community Service

You are fortunate to be attending law school in the “public interest capital of the world.” No matter what issue or cause you are passionate about, and regardless of which side of the political spectrum you lean toward, there is likely an organization in Washington, D.C. – and probably several – focused on serving individuals affected by that issue or advocating on behalf of that cause.

First-year students are encouraged to seek out pro bono opportunities as soon as they are interested. Although first-years are just embarking upon their legal training, the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) administers the Georgetown Pro Bono Project, which helps students find suitable placements that require minimal time commitment and provide meaningful and appropriate pro bono opportunities for beginning law students. First-years are also able to participate in community service volunteer work at any time. (For an explanation of the distinction between pro bono and community service, see the Pro Bono Pledge Requirements.)

The resources on this site are only a starting point for seeking out pro bono opportunities. Many organizations engaged in work that is of interest to you may not utilize job listing databases or go through Georgetown Law to recruit for their open positions. If you don’t feel drawn to any of the positions listed online, or if you are passionate about an issue that is not covered by these sources, you are welcome to contact the Pro Bono Director. She has experience working with local organizations and agencies and has contacts with the large network of alumni working in the D.C. metro area, and so she can help you find a placement that is a good match for you and the organization.