The nonprofit organization Equal Justice Works, which offers opportunities for attorneys to represent underserved clients, recently launched Law Students for Pro Bono. In fewer than two weeks, more than 600 students and lawyers had signed a petition asking the ABA to create an aspirational goal for law schools to promote students’ participation in 50 hours of pro bono service before they are admitted to the bar. So the ABA Standing Committee for Pro Bono and Public Service signed on, and supported the 50-hour requirement to the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
“The student response to the Law Students for Pro Bono campaign has been incredible,” said David Stern, executive director of Equal Justice Works, said in a press release. “Students from across the country have come together to ensure that schools are imparting upon future lawyers the values that are core to the legal profession.”