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Judge Rand Schrader Pro Bono Program

The Judge Rand Schrader Pro Bono Program supports a vibrant pro bono culture at UCLA School of Law.

Support the Schrader Pro Bono Program

Honoring the Legacy of Judge Rand Schrader

Judge Rand Schrader ’73, an LGBTQIA+ rights trailblazer, exemplified the values the Schrader Pro Bono Program upholds.

Serving Communities, Building Legal Skills

The Schrader Pro Bono Program creates opportunities for students, starting as early as their first year of law school, to provide much-needed legal services to low-income communities, while developing critical real-life lawyering skills. UCLA Law has a rich history of student leadership in pro bono, and the program actively supports student initiatives. Students also respond to partners’ calls for assistance and participate in service learning trips, working in such issue areas as HIV/AIDS, housing and homelessness, education, immigration, juvenile justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, public health, reproductive rights, and workers’ rights.

For many UCLA Law students, participation in pro bono becomes a lifelong commitment to pro bono and access to justice. The Schrader Pro Bono Program creates opportunities for current students, alumni, and faculty to come together, such as through the Annual Public Service Challenge.

For Students

  • UCLA Law Definition of Pro Bono

    For purposes of the UCLA Law pro bono program, pro bono is defined as:

    • voluntary;
    • uncompensated (the student will not receive academic credit, money, or any other type of compensation);
    • law-related work;
    • performed under the supervision of an attorney; and
    • to assist low-income persons or others who do not have access to legal services, or to otherwise advance the public interest, public service, or social justice.

    Work done to coordinate El Centro clinics or other qualifying pro bono opportunities for other students may also count as qualifying pro bono work.

    For more information on what qualifies as “pro bono,” please refer to the FAQs (available for UCLA Law community members).

  • Summer Funding Pro Bono Requirement

    For summer 2022, students (1Ls or 2Ls) seeking a UCLA Law summer stipend (public interest or judicial) must complete and register at least 10 pro bono hours during the academic year by the summer funding application deadline in early April. For more information, please refer to the FAQs (available for UCLA Law community members).

  • How to Log Hours

    The UCLA Law pro bono program requires students logging pro bono hours for various activities to use UCLA’s Track It Forward site. Please visit the site here and contact the program director if you have any questions.

  • New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement

    Applicants to the New York State bar are required to have completed 50 hours of pro bono service. The Rule can be found here.

    All UCLA Law students considering applying to the New York State bar should refer to the FAQs, which explains what kind of activities qualify, where the pro bono work can be performed, and what documents must be included in your application for admission to demonstrate your compliance.

    UCLA Law and the New York State bar pro bono definitions differ. For example, the New York State bar pro bono definition includes pro bono services for low-income clients performed as part of an academic clinical course or externship.

    The New York State bar requires that applicants complete a Form Affidavit of Compliance for every pro bono project that applicants are using to fulfill the 50-hour requirement. The Form Affidavit of Compliance requires certification by the supervising attorney.

    If you still have questions after reading the FAQs or if you want advance approval of a project, you can email the Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirement at ProBonoRule@nycourts.gov.

  • Questions and Additional Information

    To receive updates on the Schrader Pro Bono Program and new pro bono projects, please sign up for our mailing list.

For Alumni & Pro Bono Partners

  • How to Connect with Us

    If you are a public interest legal services organization, law office, or attorney seeking law students to assist with a pro bono project, please reach out to us.

    UCLA Law students engage in pro bono work in a variety of ways. They lead and staff student-run projects, participate in service learning trips, and join projects throughout the year responding to community need.

    If you would like to promote a pro bono opportunity with our law students, please contact the program at publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu. Please fill out this form to tell us more about the opportunity, including a description of the project, the projected time commitment, and description of the training and supervision provided.

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