About the Public Service Program
One of the core values of the W&L Law community is professionalism. To us, professionalism calls upon us not only to approach the practice of law with honor, care, and diligence but also to serve our communities and our profession. This duty to serve derives not only from the longstanding W&L commitment to honor but also from the expectations of the greater legal community. In Rule 6.1 of its Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the American Bar Association has called upon all lawyers to engage in direct pro bono representation of indigent clients. There is also a general expectation within the profession that lawyers will be involved in the life of their legal community through participation in bar or association activities and committees.
Our Public Service Program reflects this dual obligation by requiring all students to complete at least forty hours (40) of legal service to the public and/or service to the legal profession during their third year. Ideally, students will participate in a combination of both. During their hours of service, students will not only internalize the importance of incorporating service into their legal career, but they will also have an invaluable opportunity to hone their professional skills.
Students who complete more than one hundred hours (100) of uncompensated service during their third year will be awarded a certificate, and their extraordinary service will be noted at the awards ceremony.
For W&L Law Students
For Attorneys or Organizations Seeking Assistance
For Individuals Seeking Legal Help
- The Public Service Program is unable to accept cases directly from the public. Please click here for a list of organizations that may be able to help you.