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In order to acknowledge all of the amazing public service work that HLS students do, we are asking students to let us know of any additional pro bono hours they may have done while in law school that has not already been reported to our office. It is only necessary to complete a set of official pro bono forms for your first project of at least 40 hours (though to earn Public Service Initiative points you must submit pro bono forms for all projects). If you have done additional pro bono legal work that you have not yet reported to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, you can get these pro bono hours on your student record very easily! Just email Lee Branson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by to report additional pro bono hours - we just need to know the type of work you did, for what organization, and the total number of hours. Only work done after the fall semester of your 1L year can count for pro bono credit.
You can check your current number of reported pro bono hours through the HLS Public Job Search Database: ldap.law.harvard.edu/jobdb. Log in with your HLS email username (e.g. jharvard, or jharvard.jd10) and password. Once logged in, you can find your pro bono hours on your homepage under "Pro Bono Data." Clinicals are automatically reported onto your pro bono student record.
Pro bono hours include clinical work, public interest summer jobs, some student organizations, and other voluntary pro bono legal work. Graduating students who complete over 1,000 hours of pro bono legal work will be recognized in the Commencement program. The J.D. student in the graduating class with the most pro bono hours will also receive the Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award, which includes a $500 honorarium along with a notation in the Commencement program.
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