St. Mary’s University School of Law takes seriously its responsibility to develop a culture of public service in its students and alumni, and to foster a student body engaged with its communities. Our students, and our graduates, are justice-ready: tenacious, skillful, compassionate advocates, ready to create a more-just community from day one.
This past year, the Center for Legal and Social Justice (CLSJ) led the School of Law’s efforts to advance justice and meet the moment that the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated economic downturn, has created. 2019-2020 saw growth in student engagement in public service. Overall, St. Mary’s University School of Law students recorded over 10,000 pro bono and community service hours: an increase of over 5% from the previous year’s recorded total—despite the presence of a pandemic.
St. Mary’s University School of Law offers a number of pro bono opportunities for students wishing to volunteer their time and gain exposure to various practice areas.
Students participating in these programs perform important work, providing much needed help to members of their community.
In addition, students who meet certain criteria may be recognized during their graduation ceremony.
For more information on pro bono activities, and for information regarding careers in public interest law, please contact Director of Pro Bono Programs, Gregory Zlotnick.
Note: The St. Mary’s University School of Law Pro Bono Program does not provide legal representation to the general public. The Clinical Program, which accepts a limited number of cases in specific practice areas for qualified individuals, can be contacted by calling 210-431-2596. Please be advised that Clinical Program staff conducts an income and asset screening prior to providing information, advice, referral or representation.