Information for Current Students

Pro Bono Requirement

The School of Law has a tradition of providing pro bono services to the Western New York community and beyond.

Background

Former New York State Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan Lippman worked to address the need to provide more legal resources to low-income individuals in New York State in order to ensure access to justice. To meet this goal, he created a requirement that those seeking admission to practice law in New York complete 50 hours of pro bono service before applying for admission. 

Most law students meet this requirement while in Law School through clinics, externships, judicial externships and practica.  Law students should familiarize themselves with the requirements and the necessary documentation to  meet the 50-hour pro bono requirement.