Change lives. Expand your horizons. Albany Law School’s students contribute thousands of pro bono hours each year.
Albany Law School has a deep and abiding commitment to pro bono service and to supporting students pursuing public interest and public sector careers as the law school’s distinguished faculty includes some of the leading scholars in criminal, environmental, health, and government practice.
While New York State requires anyone who successfully passes the bar examination to demonstrate that they have performed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service before applying for admission to practice, many Albany Law School students go far beyond this requirement working in civil litigation, criminal law, environmental law, family and elder law, and government administration and regulation.
Pro bono work is always growing and evolving at Albany Law School.
The Office of Student Affairs and the Pro Bono Coordinator, who is based within the Justice Center, work closely with students, community partners, and faculty to broaden the scope and range of pro bono service learning opportunities.
The Coordinator works with legal services organizations, agencies, community resource enters, and faculty to develop legal or law related service-learning opportunities for students; oversees and provides institutional support to pro bono programs, including the Pro Bono Society; and engages national pro bono organizations to increase awareness and visibility of Albany Law’s programs and projects.
Finally, each of the clinics within the Justice Center at Albany Law School provide unique opportunities for students to gain invaluable legal skills while aiding those most in need.