Welcome to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Access to Justice Program! This program encourages law students to help low-income individuals, and we are committed to making these opportunities feasible by providing students with information about pro bono service opportunities and loan repayment programs and fellowships.
From the graduating classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013, 288 students have reported 19,863 pro bono hours. These hours include academic-year service to school projects like Outreach for Legal Literacy and the Tenant Assistance Project and community projects such as District 10 Pro Bono Project. These hours also include summer service to nonprofit and public interest organizations across the country.
This year's winners were (left to right) Adrian Polit (attorney at District 10 Pro Bono); Eva Fontanez (Class of 2013); Daniel Capone (Class of 2014); and Rachael Steller (Class of 2012; Patrick Thomas accepted on her behalf).
In March 2009, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law approved an aspirational goal for students asking them to commit to a minimum of 60 hours of pro bono work during their three years of law school (20 hours per year). We have adopted the ABA definition of pro bono, which includes law-related services without compensation (for neither income nor academic credit).
As part of the Access to Justice Program, we organize a Pro Bono Fair in the fall semester, at which community organizations come to the law school during the lunch hour. This provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the organizations and to volunteer with them if interested.
Also in the fall, we recognize the student from each class who dedicated the largest number of hours to pro bono work during the previous year. See the section below to learn more about this year’s winners. We encourage students to report their pro bono hours during the school year, and we use these numbers to determine the award winners. For more information on reporting your pro bono hours, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spring, we host a panel discussion in the law school featuring several prominent attorneys from a variety of practice areas who each speak about their commitment to pro bono and the personal fulfillment pro bono work brings.
Throughout the school year, we also organize events and bring in speakers to raise awareness of public interest opportunities and provide students with information regarding careers in the public interest sector.
Class of 2012 - Rachael Steller
Class of 2013 - Eva Fontanez
Class of 2014 - Daniel Capone
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Projects are another way for Indiana Law students to gain valuable practice experience with less of a time commitment than clinics, externships, and practicums. Projects are especially good opportunities for 1Ls because of their more limited scope and time commitment. Academic credit is not granted for participation in a project.