barkschool wrote: MavEryck wrote:
I know that was a long post...
But, I wrote it because I truly care about what happens to each of you as you prepare to enter into the profession of law.
But do you do the 50 hours recommended pro bono?
Yes (re: 50 hours recommended pro bono).
In fact during law school I began a regimen of doing Pro Bono hours to help my local community during my 1L summer and continued throughout. In my later years it was required from my law school. However, I began Pro Bono long before it counted toward my hours and I will continue Pro Bono...not because it is recommended but because it feels like the right thing to do, for me.
The Pro Bono work I have done has had a positive impact on the lives of people, which is what got me into the legal profession to begin with.
I will never forget the look on my first Pro Bono client's face when he heard that I was helping free of charge... He asked me why I was taking my time to help him?
I said because I want to. His face lit up. He told me that he plans to do something to pay it forward. He was interested in feeding the homeless in a soup line as a way of giving back to the community. Right then I knew I was doing the right thing.
Pro Bono doesn't mean free... Pro Bono means "for the good of the people." Doing Pro Bono work makes the world a better place, for everyone.