Pro Bono & Community Service

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Lewis & Clark Law School’s Pro Bono & Community Service Program helps law students find volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations, courts, and government offices. Those who contribute and report 30 or more hours during the year receive an Honors Award in recognition of their commitment.  


Employers interested in recruiting volunteers during the school year are encouraged to participate in our Pro Bono & Community Service Fair in September. Employers interested in volunteer summer interns should consider participating in the Northwest Public Service Career Fair.

For questions about either fair, or to recruit for long or short-term projects and volunteer events, contact


How Does the Pro Bono & Community Service Honors Program Work?

Volunteer hours are measured from April 1st of one year through March of the next year with hours reported by March 31st each year. Qualifying work must be done without pay or credit and must have a significant off-campus effect. 

To obtain either the Pro Bono Honors Award or the Community Service Honors Award, you must report 30 hours of qualifying work. The Public Interest Certificate also has a pro bono requirement of 50 pro bono hours, in addition to meeting the other requirements of the certificate. Honors awards are issued on an annual basis in late spring, and appear in the commencement program for graduating students.  

How do I report my hours? 

Students can report hours in Career Connect. Click on “Experiential Learning” in the left-hand sidebar and follow the instructions to submit for initial approval, enter hours, and submit for final approval. 

For complete details, see the Pro Bono & Community Service Honors Program Handbook in the Career Connect Resource Library.

How do I find volunteer opportunities? 
  • Join the Pro Bono & Community Service Fair – Meet with representatives from local organizations and sign up to assist with ongoing projects. The Pro Bono & Community Service Fair is each FallPlease contact if you have any questions.
  • Explore – Search the national listings for opportunities and organizations.
  • Explore volunteer opportunity web sites – Find one-time or long-term community service opportunities through websites such as IdealistHands On Portland, and CNRG. Check out Give Volunteers (for international opportunities), Volunteer Match, and Points of Light.
  • Meet with the Director of Public Interest Law or your assigned career services advisor. Email or set up an appointment through Career Connect.

Unlawful Practice of Law - Students Assisting Others in the Community

Students must be cautious to avoid the unlawful practice of law, which includes: 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 Services.

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