"How to be a pro bono lawyer." "Pro bono lawyering" prepares students for the responsibilities of the pro bono (from solo practitioner to law firm associate) lawyer. It includes overviews of substantive areas of law, pro bono delivery systems, the interdependence of pro bono and legal services delivery and the contributions private attorneys make to the continued success of pro bono.
The course will include presentations on legal topics such as asylum, bankruptcy, criminal, employment, family or immigration; on administrative topics such as evaluating grant proposals and pro bono committee service; and on the delivery of necessary legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients regionally and nationally. Outside speakers will include pro bono and legal services attorneys, law firm and legal services pro bono coordinators and bar leaders. Readings will include legal services fact sheets and legal scholarship.
Grades will be determined by in-class and on-line participation and a final project. Final projects are encouraged to be training manuals for a pro bono program but students have flexibility to develop alternative projects.
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