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Pro Bono & Community Service

Started in 1998, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Pro Bono & Community Service Program helps students connect to volunteer opportunities at courts, non-profits, and government offices.  Those who contribute 30 or more hours during the school year receive an Honors Award for their efforts.  

Participating students gain hands on experience and make connections with judges, public interest attorneys, and government attorneys while starting on the path to a career long commitment to serving their communities.  We invite everyone in the Lewis & Clark Community to participate.

Report Volunteer Time

Student Deadline to Report Pro Bono Hours

is Friday, March 24, 2017



For long-term volunteer positions, government agencies and non-profit offices are encouraged to create Job Postings indicating that it is a volunteer position. To recruit for short-term projects and volunteer events, contact Carra Sahler, Director of Public Interest Law, at 503-768-6890 or  Employers interested in volunteer summer interns should consider participating in the Northwest Public Service Career Fairs.

Looking for Legal Assistance?

The Pro Bono Program does not provide legal advice.  If you need help, please visit for a directory of free and low cost legal services or visit the Oregon State Bar Public Information Site.


How it Works

Interested students should sign up for the Pro Bono email list to receive information and alerts.  Time is volunteered from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the next year with hours reported by Friday, March 24, 2017. The reporting deadline has changed, so please make sure to include any anticipated volunteer hours from March 24, 2017 to April 1, 2017. Qualifying work must be done without pay or credit and must have a significant off-campus effect.  The Executive Director of Public Interest Law works with students to discuss volunteering and works with employers to develop volunteer opportunities.  An awards lunch and ceremony is held in mid April.  

For complete details, see the Pro Bono & Community Service Honors Program Handbook.

Ways to Find Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pro Bono & Community Service Fair – Hear representative from local organizations talk about opportunities with their offices.
  • Lewis & Clark Job Postings – Search listings for volunteer opportunities are both online and on the windows outside career services.
  • The Green Book (available in the CPDC) – Contact organizations listed in the directory and ask to volunteer.
  • – Search the national listings for opportunities and organizations.
  • Volunteer Opportunity Web Sites- Find one-time or long-term community service opportunities at IdealistHands On Portland, and CNRG.
  • Director of Public Interest Law  – Talk about what you want to do and who you want to help. Email Carra to set up an appointment.

Unlawful Practice of Law

Students must be cautious to avoid the unlawful practice of law including, but not limited to 1) holding themselves out, in any manner, as attorneys or lawyers authorized to practice law; 2) appearing, personally or otherwise, on behalf of another in any judicial or administrative proceeding other than as an attorney-supervised certified law student; 3) providing advice or service to another on any matter involving the application of legal principles to rights, duties, obligations, or liabilities.

For more information on the unauthorized practice of law, visit the Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law Site

Any student who is uncertain whether what they are asked to do is the unlawful practice of law should immediately contact Career & Professional Development.

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