Submitted by EqualJusticeWorks
Alex Salas is a 2L at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She is a leading advocate for Law Students for Pro Bono, an initiative of Equal Justice Works, through which hundreds of law students and graduates are asking the ABA to adopt an aspirational pro bono goal for law students.
Law Students for Pro Bono is petitioning the ABA to have law schools aspire for students to perform 50 hours of pro bono service. The deadline for comments is this Friday, January 31!
Over the last few weeks, hundreds of us have signed, but we only have a few days left! The best way to help is by signing our online petition today.
Why should law students care about pro bono? We often hear the term “pro bono” and think "Oh, free legal services, what about them?" But it’s time for students and legal professionals to take a closer look.
Last summer, for me, was meant to be a practical learning experience, where I would gain legal experience that I could use later in my career. But the summer did so much more than that. It taught me that pro bono legal services are necessary for our justice system to function. I learned how valuable pro bono is, not only for the people we help, but also to us, as we begin our careers.