Pro-Bono Initiative Students

How to volunteer:

Emails are routinely sent to the students detailing upcoming PBI events. To volunteer for an event, email UMProBono@gmail.com. In your email, include the event(s) you are interested in, your phone number, and whether you are a 1L, 2L, or 3L.

A list of currently scheduled events is also posted under the calendar tab above.

Pro Bono Credit Hour

To receive one hour of pro bono Z credit, students must have forty-five (45) hours of pro bono work. The forty-five (45) hours is accumulated by doing both of the following:

  1. Performing a minimum of forty (40) hours of volunteer work for an approved pro bono or public interest organization or on an approved pro bono project. Students may combine work on multiple events and/or projects in order to obtain the credit, and the work may be performed over more than one semester.
  2. Attending at least one pro bono seminar and reading the seminar assignment. Seminars will be held each fall and spring semester and will count as five (5) hours towards the pro bono credit hour.

The Pro Bono Credit Hour is awarded in the semester in which the student enrolls for the hour, as long as the requirements have been met by the end of the semester. Students are responsible for keeping up with the details of their pro bono work and must submit a Certification statement, as discussed below, when their pro bono requirements have been met. 

Organization/Project Approval.  The Partners tab above has a list of approved organizations. For any other organization or project, students must submit a written request to PBI Director Kris Simpson (klsimpso@olemiss.edu) for advance approval. The request should describe the organization and the work the student will be doing for the organization.

Enrollment.  Steps to enroll for the Pro Bono Hour:

  1. Determine in which semester you want the credit applied.
  2. Make sure you have attended, or will be able to attend, a pro bono seminar and read the accompanying assignment by the end of the semester.
  3. Make sure you have completed, or will be able to complete, the forty (40) hours of pro bono work by the end of the semester.
  4. See Registrar Eddie Upton (ejupton@olemiss.edu) and get enrolled for the pro bono hour before or within the first two weeks of the semester in which you are seeking the credit.

Certification. When the student’s pro bono requirements have been met, the student should submit a written statement certifying that he/she provided a minimum of forty hours of volunteer service. The statement should include:

  1. The dates worked
  2. The number of hours worked on each date
  3. The organization, event, or project worked on, including a brief description of the work performed
  4. The name and contact information for the student’s immediate supervisor(s) at each event

The statement must also include a certification that the student attended a pro bono seminar (including the date of attendance) and read the seminar assignment. The certification should be emailed to PBI Director Kris Simpson (klsimpso@olemiss.edu) and Registrar Eddie Upton (ejupton@olemiss.edu).