Pro Bono Requirement

Participation in pro bono service is very much a part of the culture of Valparaiso Law. There is a pro bono service graduation requirement of a minimum of 60 hours of legal or law-related service but collectively our students greatly exceed what is required.


  1. To introduce law students to the professional obligation of attorneys to perform pro bono work, the benefits of public service and the needs of the under-represented in society;
  2. To encourage attorneys in the local area and elsewhere to fulfill their pro bono obligation by partnering with Valparaiso Law students to expand legal services to those with limited access to resources;

Acceptable Activities – In general the intent is to make students available to assist attorneys in the representation contemplated by Rule 6.1 of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, which states:

A lawyer should render public interest legal service.  A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession, and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.