To qualify for the Pro Bono Program, an activity must render meaningful service to a non-profit legal organization, a 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. 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 pro bono work. If you are completing an externship at a non-profit doing pro bono work, the hours worked above the minimum required for the externship will count as pro bono hours. Work on behalf of a candidate for office or 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 Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs. A list of the approved pro bono placements may be found on the “Approved Placement” page and in Symplicity. The list is updated continually and is not exhaustive. Announcements will be sent when opportunities arise that need immediate attention. Look for announcements sent from the law school’s Notices email address, the Pro Bono Outreach TWEN page, and on JMTV. Students are also encouraged to find or create their own pro bono opportunities.
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. AJMLS partners with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District and Booker T. Washington High School each spring semester to teach legal issues to approximately 20 students. The Street Law classes meet twice a week and culminate in a moot-court trial before a U.S. District Court Judge. AJMLS students partner with U.S. Attorneys to present the weekly material and coach the students in preparation of their trial. Second and third-year students are eligible for this rewarding volunteer opportunity.
Youth Law Summit
The Youth Law Summit is a day-long 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. AJMLS students are needed for presentations of the legal material, school tours, and to serve as hosts.
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 to help formerly incarcerated men and women transition back into society. 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. Our most celebrated product of our reentry efforts is the publication of Home for Good: A Self-Help guide for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Re-Entry in Georgia. Students are needed to date the guide and to help host the reentry forums.