PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES
Villanova Law students make a difference in the lives of many by providing free legal services to people who otherwise could not afford the help they need.
Pro bono work enables students to affect the lives of others, while exploring various fields of law, networking with attorneys, and also advancing their own skills. Pro bono legal work puts classroom learning into practice through hands-on experience. Volunteers perform the work of practicing attorneys, including interviewing and counseling clients, drafting pleadings, negotiating deals and appearing in court. By using the law to help clients achieve their goals, pro bono volunteers learn about the power, and the limits, of the law and the lawyer’s role in resolving complex problems associated with poverty and powerlessness.
A variety of pro bono opportunities exist for students, including Facilitated Pro Bono Opportunities through Villanova Law that are coordinated with student organizations like the Pro Bono Society, opportunities through other student organizations, as well as independent volunteer work. A sampling of organizations where our students have volunteered, includes:
- Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia
- Face to Face: Bridging the Justice Gap
- Montgomery County Public Defenders Office Expungement Clinic
- Pennsylvania Innocence Project
- SeniorLAW Center
- Wills for Heroes
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
If you are a current student, for information on how to get involved with pro bono opportunities, speak with your faculty adviser, or visit the Current Students section.