Pro Bono Program

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Since 1991, pro bono service has been a key component of the leadership development of Duke Law students. 

Students at Bull City Stand Down As one of the earliest formal law school programs in the country, the Pro Bono Program takes learning beyond the classroom, connecting students with attorneys working in non-profit and governmental organizations, as well as private pro bono practice to explore and contribute to public service, sharpen their legal and professional skills, and build relationships important to their future careers.

Students also are educated about the gaps in the legal delivery system and are given the chance to become involved in work that benefits the community, such as providing legal services to low-income individuals, researching important policy issues, participating in the legislative or judicial system, or teaching constitutional law to high school students.

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Please note that the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono does not provide any legal advice, representation or counsel on any legal matter or case.

If you are seeking legal assistance, please contact the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service at 919-677-7660 or

Pro Bono Program: Hours Reporting

Duke Law collects information on pro bono hours and involvement in pro bono and public interest work by JD, LLM and JD/LLM students.  The reports are used for: (1) bar admission requirements in some states; (2) awarding summer funding: (3) recognition at the end of year and graduation ceremonies; and (4) national reporting to organizations like the American Bar Association.

In order to keep your records up to date, we ask that you complete one report each semester; you may update your information as many times as you wish during the course of the semester.

Southern Justice Spring Break

Watch the video and hear the stories form students who spent spring break aiding immigrants in the detention facility in Dilley, Texas as part of the Southern Justice Spring Break.