Pro Bono Service Initiative

Our Mission

At Chicago, we believe that members of the legal community have a professional obligation to provide quality legal services to the under-represented.  The Pro Bono Service Initiative puts these beliefs into action by supporting Chicago’s law students to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono service before they graduate. Participants in the Pro Bono Service Initiative contribute to their legal education by gaining exposure to important legal issues, invaluable experiences, and a hands on opportunity to influence how law affects real people. 

Build Skills

  • Oral Advocacy and Client Counseling
  • Research and Writing
  • Courtroom Procedure and Etiquette
  • Learning How to Provide Much-Needed Legal Services to the Community
  • Creating Mentoring Relationships
  • Networking with Devoted Attorneys in Public Interest and Private Firms


  • Award of Excellence
    • For the graduating student who has completed the most pro bono hours
  • Dean’s Certificate of Recognition
    • For all students completing at least 50 hours of pro bono service

  • Transcript notation for all graduating students who complete at least 50 hours of pro bono service 

Get Started

Students: Sign the Pro Bono Pledge and log hours in Symplicity, or view Frequently Asked Questions.