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.
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 Bill Penn, Public Interest Law Director at 503-768-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Employers interested in volunteer summer interns should consider participating in the Northwest Public Service Career Fairs.
How it Works
Interested students should sign up for the Pro Bono email List to receive information and alerts, attend the program orientation, and meet volunteer coordinators at pro bono panels early in fall semester. Time is volunteered from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the next year with hours reported by the first Monday in April. Qualifying work must be done without pay or credit and must have a significant off-campus effect. The Public Interest Law Coordinator 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.
Forms & Documents
Ways to Find Volunteer Opportunities
- Pro Bono Panels – 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.
- PSJD.org – Search the national listings for opportunities and organizations.
- Volunteer Opportunity Web Sites- Find one-time or long-term community service opportunities at Idealist, Hands On Portland, and CNRG.
- Director of Public Interest Law – Talk about what you want to do and who you want to help. Email Bill to set up an appointment.