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Pro Bono: Theory and Practice

This course will explore the ethical, moral, and structural issues surrounding pro bono work and will also allow students the opportunity to work with a large firm on pro bono cases. Students will choose pro bono projects and will work with firm lawyers and clients. In addition to the pro bono work, class discussions and readings will focus on a wide range of issues. The course will first explore the need for pro bono work and current inequalities in access to the legal system. We will examine the relationship between pro bono work and the concepts of professionalism, public service, and equal access to justice. Discussion will include pro bono work in law school, its possible effects on the profession, and whether it should be required. The course will explore ethical issues that may arise in pro bono representation and will examine the structural issues affecting pro bono work in law firms. Finally, the course will examine the rapidly-developing field of global pro bono and the issue of how global law firms can or should engage in pro bono work outside the United States and the barriers to that work. Evaluation: Students will keep a reflective journal about their pro bono work and for a final project may choose to design a pro bono program for a firm or write a research paper. Grades will be based on the journal, work on the pro bono projects, class participation, and the final project. Teaching Method: Seminar discussion.


Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 672
Practice Areas: Legal Profession and RegulationLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Consult Professor about writing requirements


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Pro Bono: Theory and Practice
Faculty: Kadish, Marc R. (courses  |  homepage)
Weinberg, Benjamin C
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8



Spring 2013
Title: Pro Bono in Large Law Firms
Faculty: Kadish, Marc R. (courses  |  homepage)
McConnell, Gregory A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 0



Spring 2011
Title: Pro Bono in Large Law Firms
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses  |  homepage)
Kadish, Marc R. (courses  |  homepage)
McConnell, Gregory A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8