Pro Bono Opportunities

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Ave Maria School of Law’s formal Pro Bono Program. They have the opportunity to provide legal or law related service on behalf of low income or underrepresented populations, and non-profits under the supervision of an attorney. Students are not compensated for pro bono work nor do they receive academic credit. Students who complete at least 40 pro bono service hours are recognized by a final transcript notation showing the number of hours they provided service.

What opportunities are available?

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
  • Guardian ad Litem – 20th Judicial Circuit Program
  • Legal Aid Service of Collier County
  • Pro Life organizations such as the Thomas More Society, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Law of Life Project, Americans United for Life and others
  • Projects that students secure on their own – In 2011/2012 students worked as advocates for victims of domestic violence, on a high profile pro bono case involving a juvenile accused of a serious crime, with victims of human trafficking and on bankruptcy cases for very low income clients.