For Students - Finding a Project
All students should begin by reading the Service Guidelines and Procedures, which describe the requirements of the program and the types of service that qualify.
How Do I Find a Project?
There are three ways to find a qualified public service project:
- Participate in a Pre-approved Project listed on the Advertised Activities Page. If you would like to participate in one of these projects, please contact the listed supervisor.
Participate in an Optional Project. This includes some journals, some law student organization work and certain Moot Court competitions. Interested students should meet with Professor Natkin to discuss questions of eligibility.
- Examples: Uncompensated Moot Court Board work; tour guides; voluntary student organization governance and public projects, such as symposia or panel presentations; TIPS trained supervision.
- Please note: Students who are eligible to receive academic credit for their journal work or for participation in Moot Court competitions (as listed in the course catalog) MUST ELECT whether to use their participation for academic credit or public service hours. The election must be in writing, preferably by email, to Linda Johnson with a copy to Professor Natkin no later than November 7, 2014.
- Propose a New Project. Project proposals must be submitted to Professor Natkin for approval using the Project Proposal Form.
- Any work that engages a law student’s professional skills and serves others may be eligible for service hour credit. Please see Professor Natkin with questions on individual projects.
- Example: ABA, VSB, or VTLA committees or projects, work with non-profit boards on general governance issues or for particular projects.
- Still looking for the right project? Pro Bono Net-VA, a joint effort of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Blue Ridge Legal Services, and Virginia's legal aid programs, is an online resource for lawyers, law students and paralegals interested in pro bono work specifically with legal aid organizations in Virginia.