I think everyone has been talking past each other on this topic. For a while, I learned everything I knew about law from TLS, and everything had a black-and-white answer. Then I started working at a firm and you realize the world doesn't work that way.Anonymous User wrote:A quick perspective on the pro bono question. I had 4 call backs last week, asked about pro bono in all of them and got an offer at each firm. I think for litigation folks it may be a bit different because pro bono is an easy way for you to get experience the firm wants you to have but can't give you through paying client work. Obviously this is different firm to firm, but if you're litigation and you're interested in doing some pro bono work to boost your skills early on, you don't really want to work somewhere that's going to ding you because you asked about pro bono (especially if they promote it heavily on their website and other marketing materials geared towards recruits).
Asking about pro bono will not on its own result in a no offer. Ibtdvorm never said it would, although a couple of his knights implied it. On balance, it is likely a negative. If you interview as a 3L with a thoroughly public-interest resume and you worked 2L at the Gay Alliance to Build Huts for Underprivileged Cancer-Afflicted Immigrants to Haiti, and then you spend the interview asking about pro bono, you will not get an offer. If you graduated Wharton, worked at Goldman Sachs for three years, and did your 1L summer at a hedge fund, asking a quick question about pro bono will not be a big deal. Most people fall somewhere in between. If you are thinking of asking the question, be aware of the implications. That's all one should glean from this sideshow.