The Director of Experiential Learning oversees the Pro Bono Program at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Students who perform pro bono work often find opportunities through the Law School Career Services Office, and through independent contacts and Bar-supported Pro-Bono programs. Individuals who complete a minimum of 50 pro bono hours by graduation, as approved by the Director of Experiential Learning, will be recognized as recipients of the Access to Justice award during the ceremony. In addition to independent opportunities for arranging pro bono service, students may also participate in several structured pro bono opportunities that are coordinated by the Law School.
The School of Law is a member of Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law. Through its membership, you are eligible for summer internships and fellowships upon graduation from law school. Several opportunities exist in South Dakota on the Indian reservations and elsewhere in the U.S.
The R.D. Hurd Volunteer Law School Society is a program designed to give second-and third-year law students an opportunity to provide pro bono legal services to low-income people. You will interview clients, perform research, prepare documents and in some instances make court appearances. A legal services attorney will supervise you and offer assistance throughout the case.
The Veterans Legal Education Group promotes pro bono involvement at the law school and provides service to veterans of the U.S. military.
Law students in VITA prepare income taxes for students and low-income people at no charge.