The University of Mississippi Law School Pro Bono Initiative was launched in August of 2011 to address community legal needs and to position our students to put legal education into practice. The program allows students to volunteer for a variety of pro bono experiences in family law, housing, wills and estates and taxation, among others. As an added bonus, students who volunteer have the opportunity to network with local judges and practicing attorneys. In the first year of the program, 100 students assisted approximately 400 clients and logged thousands of volunteer hours. The Initiative now has six ongoing projects and plans to expand existing programs and develop several additional programs in its second year.
Our students have produced and published a Document Replacement Kit used by the Mississippi Bar to assist victims of natural disasters, created model training materials and forms for child support modification, and developed a landlord-tenant training module for high school seniors. The Tax Assistance Program, FAST, was described by the state IRS coordinator as the “shining star” of the Mississippi Tax Assistance Program.
Visit the Pro Bono Initiative’s website.