Pro Bono Spring Break

The application period for the 2022 Hybrid Pro Bono Spring Break Program is open. Applications must be submitted by February 9.  

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Placement Options | Reimbursement Parameters

Currently enrolled law students whose law school observes Spring Break March 7-11 or March 14-18 are encouraged to apply.

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. Due to the devastating and far-reaching impact of COVID, the PBSB program has been modified to be mindful of law student participants, legal aid providers, and clients. 

  • The Commission has made an exception during the pandemic to allow students attending law school out-of-state to participate in the 2022 PBSB program. Because many students attending law school out-of-state are currently residing in Texas (attending university online), students shouldn't be further deprived 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 2022 Hybrid PBSB program, during Week I, March 7-11, or Week II, March 14-18, law students must have access to the internet (Wifi), a cell phone/landline phone, and a laptop/desktop computer daily and throughout their spring break week (Monday through Friday). 

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.

FAST FACTS:

For the 2022 Hybrid PBSB Program, accepted PBSB Participants:

  • 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). 
  • will participate a webinar during the week prior to their Spring Break week (Week I, March 7-11 or Week II, March 14-18).
  • must work at least 8 hours per day on projects Monday through Thursday and half-a-day Friday during their spring break week.
  • are expected to write a short essay (at least 500 words) at the conclusion of their Spring Break week describing their experiences: the essay is due March 25 for Week 1 participants or April 1 for Week 2 participants.
  • may submit a reimbursement request, as long as expenses are within the parameters of the PBSB program; reimbursemnt forms with detailed receipts must be submitted by March 25 for Week1 participants or April 1 for Week 2 participants. 

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.