Stop in to speak with or e-mail Elizabeth Dunn, the Law School’s Associate Director of Public Service Careers & Pro Bono Programs. In addition to Lawyering Together, we have a number of other pro bono projects, including “street law” presentations to high school students and adoption of a legal clinic at a homeless shelter. Elizabeth Dunn can also give you information about pro bono and public interest organizations that are eager to recruit volunteer law students. Elizabeth Dunn would also be willing to work with you to create a new program, if the community need and student interest is there. Lawyering Together began as a student initiative; you may have the idea for another new pro bono program.
Think about what interests you.
Consider your academic, personal and community service interests. Is there any area of law that intrigues you? Is there are specific group of people – children, the elderly, people with physical disabilities – with whom you are particularly interested in working? Was there any project that you are worked on in high school or college that you particularly enjoyed? What was it about that project that you valued?
See if there is any organization that is doing the kind of work you think you may want to do.
That organization may be at Villanova or in the Philadelphia area. Check out the resources on the Career Strategy website and PSLawNet. PSLawNet, a database of pro bono and public interest / public service opportunities linked to the Career Strategy website and available on the Internet, contains extensive information about volunteer projects and resources for getting involved.