This is a law school-sponsored voluntary program. We help students find opportunities to give back to the community and share the legal skills they are developing. Students can work in anHouston College of Lawsponsored special project or volunteer in one of our many clinics. We also encourage students to identify an ever expanding number of legal service opportunities or to use our list of pre-approved organizations. We support student organizations in focusing their service activities on law related projects, and we encourage students to work with private attorneys who are handling pro bono matters.

Once a student has contributed 50 service hours to this program, we celebrate that service in a variety of ways: notation on the individual student’s transcript, a certificate, and recognition at the annual student awards ceremony.

This co-curricular program encourages, supports, and celebrates the professional value of ensuring access to justice. It complements our academic externship program and our clinical programs, while also providing a vehicle for service to students who may not be able to dedicate an entire semester to a clinic.


Catherine Burnett
Vice President, Associate Dean,
Director of Clinical Programs,
and Professor of Law
Ben Santillán

Virtually all of the non-profit service agencies in our externship program also host student pro bono volunteers. The same is true for our clinical programs. However, students can go even further -- and often contribute their hours in partnership with a professor or legal employer involved in a pro bono case or project.

Faculty and Administrative Project Leaders

Matthew Festa
Professor of Law
Liz Dennis
Assistant Dean,
Director of Academic Internships,
and Associate Professor of Law
Mark Steiner
Professor of Law
Bruce McGovern
Associate Dean and
Professor of Law
Wanda Morrow
Associate Dean,
Student Orgs and Foreign Programs