Every year, close to 100 students are honored at graduation with pro bono distinction. In addition, students are honored for their distinguished service at the student awards ceremony and at the annual PIRC Reception. Local and state bar association receptions also are given to honor students’ pro bono services.
Although PIRC placements are non-paying and non-credit, they provide exciting benefits. Public interest placements help build your résumé and give you the opportunity to network with legal professionals. You put your legal skills to practical use while learning from experienced professionals eager to share their expertise with you. PIRC tracks your volunteer hours and recognizes exceptional service <Update Link .
Public interest law encompasses legal services that benefit charitable, civic, community, religious, educational, or government organizations that assist individuals of limited means as well as legal services that benefit groups that protect civil liberties or public rights. If you have completed your first semester of law school in good academic standing, PIRC can offer you an opportunity to get hands-on experience while helping those in need. For example, PIRC students participated in the Katrina-Gideon Interview Project and worked with New Orleans pretrial detainees whose cases were delayed due to Hurricane Katrina. Students provide a range of local services, from teaching young children about finances and helping low-income individuals apply for a much-needed earned income tax credit to helping Delaware residents apply for pardons and helping survivors of domestic violence navigate through the legal system.
PIRC offers many resources to students who are interested in public service. Come visit us to find out about:
PIRC Student Log Form (doc)
Students should use this form to track their volunteer hours.