Pro Bono Programs
Prof. Cyndi Nance
Students who perform significant Pro Bono Work during their second and third years of law school will be recognized as follows:
50 Hours. Students who perform at least 50 hours of Pro Bono Work after their first year of legal studies and before graduation will be eligible for a notation of such service on their law school transcript, as well as such other recognition as the Dean deems appropriate, including publication of the names of students earning such recognition.
100 Hours. Students who perform at least 100 hours of pro bono work after their first year of legal studies and before graduation will be eligible for a notation of such service on their law school transcript, as well as recognition during commencement or a student awards ceremony.
Pro Bono Work is defined as any legal work performed by students for which they receive no academic credit and no compensation, which is approved in advance by the Faculty Director of Pro Bono Programs, which is overseen by an attorney or member of the law faculty, and which is included in the list of legal services and activities set forth in Model Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1.
The Habitat for Humanity Wills Project
The Habitat for Humanity Wills Project, directed by Senior Associate Dean Carl Circo, utilizes students to prepare simple wills for the recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes in Northwest Arkansas. A 2010 study by Harris Interactive, published in Forbes, suggests that as many as 65% of American die without a will, or intestate. In an effort to make sure that the families who have received homes through Habitat for Humanity are protected in the event of a tragedy, law students and Dean Circo meet with clients and draft wills specifying their wishes in the event of death.
To participate in the Habitat for Humanity Wills Project, students should be eligible for Rule XV certification with the Arkansas State Bar (48 hours completed, including Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Responsibility). It is strongly preferred that students have either taken or are taking Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Finally, students should plan to see clients through the entire process.