William and Mary Law School

Pro Bono and Community Service Opportunities

Whether you want to help low-income clients with their legal problems or prepare Thanksgiving baskets for people in need, you’ll find a service niche at William & Mary Law School.   Our students’ initiative and their desire to serve, combined with the Law School’s citizen-lawyer tradition, produce a broad array of service opportunities.

Pro bono service – unpaid, non-credit bearing legal assistance to those unable to pay – takes many forms at William & Mary.  Recent initiatives include:

  • Spring Break Service Trips:  Students spend spring break in organized volunteer activities, including legal and nonlegal service. 
  • Street Law:  William & Mary law students, serving on teams with lawyers from the law firm of Hunton & Williams, teach diverse and disadvantaged high school students in Richmond, Virginia, about substantive areas of law, the legal profession, and legal career pathways.
  • Student Legal Services:  Law students assist and provide referrals for members of the William & Mary community for a variety of legal problems.
  • Students for the Innocence Project (SFIP) is an organization devoted to raising awareness about wrongful convictions and conducting exonoree outreach in the region. SFIP works to raise awareness by hosting lectures, symposia and exonoree appearances on campus, showing documentary films, and organizing various fundraisers, rallies and letter-writing campaigns. In past years, SFIP has hosted a Capital Murder Symposium, an Exonoree Symposium, and co-hosted a Death Penalty Symposium and an Innocence Symposium with BLSA. SFIP also works with The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia, dedicated to the prevention and correction of wrongful convictions in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. SFIP members in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project worked to establish an Innocence Project clinic at William & Mary Law School. The clinic, which is three credit course, allows students to earn academic credit by working with pro bono attorneys to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners.Williamsburg Community Legal Clinics:  Partnering with volunteers from the Williamsburg Bar Association and the Community Action Agency, students help low-income clients with matters involving bankruptcy, child support/custody, contracts, employment, immigration, landlord-tenant, restoration of driving privileges and voting rights, uncontested divorce, and wills and probate.

  • Wills for Seniors: Students work with attorneys from the law firm of Williams Mullen to conduct intake interviews and help prepare, execute, and witness wills for clients referred by the Peninsula Agency on Aging.
The range and breadth of our students’ nonlegal community service is as diverse as our students themselves.  They volunteer on campus, in greater Williamsburg, in their home communities, and throughout the United States and the world.  Indicative of students’ volunteerism is their participation in the Law School's Community Service Program (CSP),  through which students pledge at least 35 hours of community service.  Students who satisfy their pledges are recognized at the graduation awards ceremony and receive a certificate.