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Welcome to the NYC Pro Bono Center!

This site is designed for lawyers and law students who are interested in learning more about pro bono in New York City, and in taking or supporting a pro bono case, with information about volunteer opportunities, pro bono news, and access to training materials and other practice resources.  This area is member only.  Join now -- membership is free!


Pro Bono Outside Big Law - New Resources in Library

Pro Bono Net’s own co-founder and executive director, Mark O’Brien, spoke on a panel in July discussing challenges and solutions for attorneys interested in pro bono work, but who may not have the resources and support available to attorneys in Big Law.  The CLE-credited event, sponsored by the NYC Bar Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee and the Encouraging Pro Bono Outside Big Law Sub-Committee, is titled: “I Don’t Have A Pro Bono Coordinator in My Office, How Can I Do Pro Bono?”.  Click here to access the resources in the library and find out more!


Unaccompanied Minors Resources in the Library

Interested in volunteering on the 2014 unaccompanied minors crisis, but don't know where to start? Check out our collection of resources on assisting unaccompanied minors, featuring materials from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Practising Law Institute! Be sure to check out the resources on our sister site - the National Unaccompanied Children Resource Center, co-ordinated in partnership with the ABA and the Immigration Advocates Network.

Attorney Emeritus Program Section 

The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) provides an exciting avenue for experienced lawyers to use their expertise on behalf of New Yorkers in need. Attorneys in good standing who are 55 years of age or older and have practiced for at least 10 years will be able to apply for a new registration status - Attorney Emeritus. Scroll through Pro Bono Net's Attorney Emeritus Program pages for more information about the AEP and to learn how to get involved.

Interested in finding pro bono volunteer opportunities? 

Pro Bono Opportunities: A Guide for Lawyers in New York State is a searchable online guide that will help you find organizations with the right case opportunities for you, whether you are interested in working with domestic violence victims, the elderly or microentrepreneurs!

New York's 50 Hour Pro Bono Admission Requirement

On September 14, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals adopted a new rule requiring applicants for admission to the New York State bar to perform 50 hours of pro bono services. This rule came into effect earlier this year.  New York is the first jurisdiction in the United States to require pro bono service as a condition for bar applications to become licensed for the practice of law.

Click here to find out more information about the Rule on the NY Courts website, including links to frequently asked questions about the rule, and useful background information.  

The Legal Aid Society's Opportunities for Law Students and Law Graduates

The Legal Aid Society has created a diverse menu of pro bono opportunities to assist law students in completing the 50 hours of pro bono work prior to bar admission. Click here for more information.  Don't forget to take advantage of our NY Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to search for relevant opportunities!

Did you know...

You can earn CLE credits for doing pro bono work? Read the Pro Bono CLE information and rules on the NY Courts website for detailed information on how to earn pro bono CLE credit. Interested legal service organizations can also find information here on how to become an Approved CLE Provider.


Host Organizations:

City Bar Justice Center Logo The Legal Aid Society

This site was developed with support from the New York Community Trust and the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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