Pro Bono Spring Break

The application period for the 2021 Virtual Pro Bono Spring Break Program is closed. Placements have been made and announced. 

Due to the devastating and far-reaching impact of COVID, the PBSB program has been scaled back and will be offered virtually to interested all U.S. law school students.

The Commission is making an exception for students attending law school out-of-state for the 2021 PBSB program due to COVID. Because students attending law school out-of-state are currently residing in Texas (attending university online), students shouldn't be further depsirved of exposure to an access to justice learning experience.   

The TAJC deeply appreciates our Texas law schools, legal aid programs, and interested law students who make the PBSB program possible. 

In order to participate in the 2021 virtual PBSB program, during week 1, March 8-12, or week 2, March 15-19, law students must have access to the internet (Wifi), a cell phone/landline phone, and a laptop/desktop computer to connect and communicate with legal aid staff daily and throughout their spring break week (Monday through Friday). 

Each year during Spring Break, law students and supervising law school faculty members volunteer their time and energy to legal aid organizations to help low-income Texans resolve their civil legal problems. 

Pro Bono Spring Break is a great opportunity for law students to practice and apply legal skills learned in the classroom, including advocacy, client interviewing, and supervised legal decision-making. It also exposes future lawyers to the dire legal and financial circumstances faced by low-income people in Texas and raises awareness about access to justice issues.  At the same time, legal service providers receive a team of skilled and well-supervised volunteers who can leverage the provider’s time and relieve some of their workload.

Law students receive training and supervision by both law school faculty members and legal services staff.  Partcipating organizations in the past include: Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, American Gateways, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Project, Disability Rights Texas, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, KIND Kids in Need of Defense, Legal Hospice of Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, Mosaic Family Services, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, RAICES, and Texas Civil Rights Project.

For the 2021 Virtual PBSB Program, students will participate a webinar during the week prior to Spring Break and work at least 8 hours per day on projects Monday through Friday during their spring break week. Students are expected to write a short essay upon their return describing their experiences. Don't miss this eye-opening and rewarding opportunity. For more information about the Access to Justice Pro Bono Spring Break program, contact Catherine Galloway at catherine.galloway@texasatj.org.