Duquesne University School of Law

Pro Bono Program

Service is integral to Duquesne Law’s mission and reflected in the words of the school seal, "Salus Populi Suprema Lex," or, the welfare of the people is the highest law.  Faculty, staff, alumni, and students here have a deep tradition of serving the community and helping those in need. 

The Pro Bono Program provides a structure through which students can serve the public interest while developing critical professional skills under the supervision of licensed attorneys. 


Students who meet the non-mandatory 50-hour requirement (non-mandatory 30-hour for current second- and third-year students) will receive a Pro Bono Service Recognition Certificate. Students dedicated to further service will be honored based upon the total number of hours completed. Those completing 101-200 hours (61-120 hours for current second- and third-year students) will receive a Pro Bono Service Honors Certificate and 201+ (120+ for current second- and third-year students) will receive a Pro Bono Exemplary Service Certificate


A full list of School of Law opportunities are available to current students in Symplicity under the Pro Bono tab. Pro Bono work may be done in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Erie, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, to name a few.  In addition to these locations, individuals can seek approval and certification of hours worked on pro bono projects arranged by the student, subject to review by the Clinical Legal Education staff. Organizations and programs partnering with Duquesne Law through the Pro Bono Program include:

Allegheny County Bar Foundation & Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Projects

  • Christian Legal Aid
  • Custody Conciliation Project
  • Expungement Project
  • Landlord Tenant Project
  • Protection from Abuse (PFA) Project
  • Unaccompanied Minors / Immigration Project
  • Wills Project 

Legal Service Organizations

  • Allegheny County Office of Public Defender
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Community Justice Project
  • Education Law Center
  • Disability Rights Network
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Westmoreland County Pro Bono Center 

Pro Bono Program Handbook & Timesheet

More information can be found in Duquesne Law's Pro Bono Program Handbook. Students record their hours using the Pro Bono Timesheet


Contact Professor Tracey McCants Lewis or lawclinic@duq.edu


Disclaimer: The Law School's students cannot perform legal work or give advice directly to members of the public or clients. Duquesne Law students may only work under the supervision of a licensed attorney or at an organization with a supervising attorney approved by the Pro Bono Program.