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Pro Bono Program

Pro Bono Policy

Stanford Law School (SLS) strives to educate and train the best lawyers in the country through its curriculum and programs. SLS established the Pro Bono Program to ensure that its students and faculty have opportunities to increase their knowledge and legal skills, and to serve the public.

The ethical standards of the American legal profession state that lawyers should aspire to provide significant pro bono publico legal services. Members of the legal profession advance the common good through rigorous representation of clients and dedication to ethical standards that require them to serve the public. SLS similarly expects its students and faculty to aspire to provide such service. For the purposes of this policy, law-related pro bono work includes any uncompensated public service in which legal skills are exercised.

All students are encouraged to participate in the Pro Bono Program. Ideally, students will undertake at least 50 hours of law-related pro bono work during their time at the Law School. Clinical coursework over and above the number of hours set by clinical instructors as appropriate for their course may be counted toward this standard. A student who meets the 50 hour goal will be recognized for his or her community service at a reception in their honor, the annual Public Interest Awards ceremony and graduation.

If you are a current or prospective student and have any questions, please contact Jory Steele, Director of the Pro Bono and Externship Programs, at