For eight Villanova Law School students, spring break was an opportunity to conduct client intake calls, assist attorneys in client sessions and help with case research, among other hands-on tasks, all while giving back to the community. Through the Villanova University School of Law Pro Bono Society, these students spent the week volunteering with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), an organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys.
Students worked in four NYLAG divisions – employment, foreclosure, family and the Mobile Legal Help Center – and while varied, each student’s experience was enriching and educational. For Kelsey Krier ‘17, her work in the foreclosure division provided insight into an unfamiliar area of law. While John D’Elia’s ‘16 experience in the employment division aligned with his career goals.
“I am planning to pursue a career in labor and employment law, and I found this spring break experience helpful and informative,” D’Elia said.
In addition to trips like this one, the Villanova University School of Law Pro Bono Society hosts a number of programs and projects that connect current Villanova Law students with public service and pro bono opportunities. It is a chance to help those in need as well as allow Villanova Law students to develop their own lawyering skills.
“The Pro Bono Society has allotted me the opportunity to give back to communities that I would not normally have access to,” said Steve Bertil ‘16, who worked in the foreclosure division over the break.
For more information, visit the Pro Bono Society webpage.