Pro Bono Activities & Programs
To qualify for the Program, an activity must render meaningful service to a non-profit organization or person of limited means or enhance the capacity of an organization to do justice. If a student is providing direct legal assistance or advice, the work must be under the supervision of an attorney. However, legal work that can be performed by non-lawyers, but still requires some legal skills, i.e. mediation, legal advocacy or legal hotline assistance, does not require attorney supervision.
A student cannot receive any academic credit or monetary compensation for an activity performed during a pro bono externship. However, only hours worked above the minimum required for the externship will count towards the Pro Bono Program. Work on behalf of a candidate for office, or for a political party, will not qualify as a pro bono activity. Any questions or disputes on whether an activity qualifies under the Program will be decided by the PBOE Director.
A list of the approved pro bono placements may be found on the “Approved Placement” page. The list is updated continually and is not exhaustive. Email announcements will be sent when opportunities arise that need immediate attention. Students are also encouraged to find or create their own pro bono opportunities. Students must contact the PBOE Director to confirm that the activity will qualify under the program.
Based on the curriculum of a national non-profit, Street Law teaches high school students about constitutional and legal issues that directly impact their lives. In early 2013, AJMLS partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District, and Booker T. Washington High School to launch the inaugural Street Law program.
Youth Law Summit
The Youth Law Summit is a daylong workshop presented in partnership with the Gate City Bar Association that introduces minority middle and high school students to the law through an examination of emerging issues such as cyber bullying, first amendment freedom of expression, and racial profiling.
Police Ride -Along
In partnership with the Atlanta Police Department, AJMLS students have the opportunity to participate in the police ride-along. The ride-along gives students a unique opportunity to learn about the daily challenges and risks that police officers face while protecting the community and an “inside” view of how officers serve the citizens of Atlanta.
AJMLS students are offered the opportunity to participate in an annual prison visit where they learn the rules and regulations concerning the daily activities of inmates and correctional offices.
Every year Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School partners with individuals, agencies and organizations that support prisoner reentry efforts that help individuals and families’ transition back into society outside the prison walls to prevent or reduce recidivism.
In addition to recognizing the individuals and organizations that are making great strides in the reentry community, we also facilitate informative and interactive public discussions between academics, religious leaders, ex-offenders, government agencies, non-profit groups, and law students. The forums culminate with the development of an action plans that make the criminal justice system less devastating for families and communities impacted by incarceration.
Urban Youth Empowerment Program
The Urban Youth Empowerment Program WORKS (UYEP WORKS) aims to help young adults who have been involved in the adult criminal justice system, juvenile justice system, and/or high school dropouts reach their educational and career goals. This initiative is an exciting new partnership with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.