Pro Bono Credit

JIGSAW Fellows can earn pro bono credit

Numerous law schools across the United States have instituted incentive programs to encourage students to perform pro bono work while in law school. Some schools, for example, offer stipends to students who work at non-profit organizations during the summer, provided those students have completed a required number of pro bono hours during the school year.  Other law schools recognize at graduation students who have completed a required number of pro bono hours during the school year. Some State Bar Associations (such as the New York State Bar) have begun requiring applicants to complete a number of pro bono hours before applying for admission to the Bar. LDB will work with law schools and State Bar Associations to enable our law students to receive pro bono credit for their work on campuses with JIGSAW.

We recognize that the JIGSAW Fellowship will require a significant time commitment from the student, so for students who will not receive pro bono credit from a state bar association or whose universities do not provide any recognition or credit for pro bono work, the Brandeis Center may be able to offer a stipend.