St. Thomas University School of Law recently recognized its Pro Bono Award recipients for their hard work and dedication to public service. The annual pro bono ceremony recognized students who have completed 100 or more hours of pro bono service this past year.

In furtherance of St. Thomas Law’s mission to provide service to the community, which incorporates the ABA’s Pro Bono Commitment and Rule 6.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, all students must complete 50 hours of pro bono as a graduation requirement. First-year law students are only allowed to participate in community-based pro bono; however, second- and third-year law students are able participate in both legal and community-based pro bono.

Students may fulfill the requirement with up to 25 hours of community-based pro bono or with all 50 hours of legal pro bono. Students work under the supervision of lawyers and faculty in a variety of non-profit legal service organizations, government agencies, and law firms.