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Pro Bono Honors Program

At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Honors Program encourages our law school community (students, faculty and staff) to provide pro bono legal assistance. We particularly encourage law students to pledge to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation. By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.

The Pro Bono Pledge

All UW Law JD students are strongly encouraged do at least 70 hours (1Ls: 10 hours, 2 and 3Ls: 30 hours) of law-related pro bono service before they graduate. LLM and PhD students are encouraged to do at least 30 hours of pro bono service before they graduate. Students can now make the pledge online. Students who fulfill the pledge and meet all the Pro Bono Honors Program requirements will receive special recognition.

Jessica Shen

[My client and I have] lived incredibly different lives, yet I've found that you can find common ground when you relate to a person as an individual rather than a ‘Person In Need’.

– Jessica Shen '15
John Marlow

I feel obligated to be aware of my duty to give back through pro bono work.


– John Marlow '15
Melody Young

Seeing a case successfully closed with the goal that the client had in mind, I am reminded of how important that work is, not for ourselves, but for the population we serve.

– Melody Young '14
Ryan Thomas

Volunteering has added the human element to my studies and furthered my pursuit of a career that will work for the welfare of the community.

– Ryan Thomas '15
Caitlin Evans

The pro bono work I continue to do and have completed is the highlight of my legal education.

– Caitlin Evans '15

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For More Information

Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld at or (206) 616-9789

Last updated 4/14/2014