Pro Bono Service Program
Our motto - Scientia, Ars, Officium - Knowledge, Skill, Duty - reflects the goals Drexel has for its law student graduates. The third element of our school’s mission, Officium, means “the duty to the public good owed by a public official." It is an essential element of the law school because it recognizes the lawyer’s obligation to serve the public good by providing uncompensated legal service to people and organizations that cannot afford to retain lawyers.
“Pro Bono Publico” service, “For the Public Good,” is at the heart of the legal profession. Providing pro bono service to individuals or groups traditionally underserved by the private bar is the goal of our mandatory 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement. Students make an immediate impact in the world by helping those most in need. In addition, the program strives to educate students about their ethical responsibility to provide assistance and improve access to legal services throughout their legal careers. Finally, the program highlights public service opportunities that students may want to pursue as a career path.
Our Pro Bono Service Requirement reflects a commitment to the Philadelphia community and the unmet legal needs of its men, women and children. Under close supervision, students develop their legal skills and gain practical, hands-on, experience in a real work setting. This is a vital part of our curriculum and demonstrates the faculty and administration’s commitment to the development of professionalism in its students.
Disclaimer for Those Seeking Legal Advice
Our Pro Bono Service Program cannot offer direct legal help to the general public. Students may only work under the guidance of a licensed attorney at an approved program placement or organization. If you are seeking assistance with a legal problem, please refer to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Online Referral Service or the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations.