DePaul University College of Law is rooted in a strong tradition of service and social justice and its students are actively involved in helping the poor and underserved. The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative ("PBCSI") is an integral part of the College of Law and the DePaul law student experience. PBCSI facilitates and encourages student volunteerism and works directly with students to help them find a volunteer site that fits their schedules and interests. Students have a wide range of options when it comes to volunteering. They can volunteer with one of PBCSI's six partners or any other non-profit organization whose mission is to assist disadvantaged individuals or groups. This includes both legal and non-legal sites. Additionally, PBCSI offers six Donate-A-Day service events a year. Students who complete and report at least 50 hours of service during their time at DePaul are eligible for a service award.
PBCSI proudly sponsors at least six annual Donate-A-Day projects. Typically held on Saturdays, these projects provide meaningful service opportunities for students whose schedules do not permit an extended volunteer commitment or for students seeking to supplement their ongoing volunteer work. Donate-A-Day events incorporate time for education about the needs of the community and for reflection on the meaning and impact of service provided. Lunch is provided at each event.
As its name suggests, PBCSI’s newest project aims to meet some of the most pressing legal needs of our neighbors in the South Loop. The Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project (NLAP) operates twice a month at a free breakfast hosted by the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, providing free legal information and advice about expunging or sealing criminal records and obtaining state IDs. With the assistance of a supervising attorney, trained law student volunteers serve homeless guests whose attempts to find work, housing, or public benefits have been hindered by their criminal records or lack of state identification.
For more information about NLAP, please contact PBCSI Director, Cheryl Price at email@example.com.
In order to provide DePaul law students unique and inexpensive opportunities to work, live and build relationships with other law students while serving and learning about social justice issues in two fascinating American cities, the College of Law offers service immersion trips to Washington D.C. and New Orleans during the last week of winter break. Volunteering with community agencies that serve low-income people, rebuilding homes, and meeting with local leaders are just a few of the activities that are offered during a Service Immersion Trip.
For more information about DePaul's Service Learning Trips or to apply, please contact Service Immersion Trip Coordinator, Brandon Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or College of Law Chaplain, Tom Judge at email@example.com.