Columbia Law School’s mandatory pro bono program, which was adopted in response to a student initiative in 1992, ensures that every student devotes at least 40 hours to public interest law service between spring semester of 1L year and March 1 of 3L year.
Since the program’s inception, more than 50% of every graduating class has exceeded the required 40 hours, and nearly 85% have indicated they are committed to performing pro bono when they become practicing attorneys. The Office of Public Interest/Public Service Law and Careers (PI/PS Office) works with student organizations, legal service providers, government agencies, law firms, and other community partners to facilitate a wide variety of pro bono projects and opportunities.
If you are an attorney seeking pro bono help for a public interest matter from our students, visit our For Employers page. The PI/PS Office does not offer legal advice to individuals or organizations.