Pro Bono Reporting and Recognition

The Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) sponsors a series of recognition programs to honor students and faculty for their commitment to public service:

  • All students and faculty who have volunteered 25 or more pro bono hours in the previous year are recognized at a reception each spring.
  • The students from each class who have volunteered the most hours in the previous year, as well as the graduating student who has volunteered the most hours over his or her law school career, are recognized at the annual College of Law awards ceremony.
  • All graduating students who have volunteered 50 or more hours during law school are recognized at graduation with cords: one cord for 50 hours of service and two cords for 100 or more hours of service. Students are also identified in the graduation program.


PILSA solicits reports of hours at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and in April.  Beginning in Fall 2012, all hours must be reported on Symplicity:

  1. Log into Symplicity by clicking here.  
  2. Click on the "Profile" tab, then "Edit" the "Personal" section.
  3. Click on the "Pro Bono" tab.
  4. Fill out the form and click "Submit Application."
  5. Still under the "Pro Bono" tab, you should now have a tab called "Pro Bono Reporting."  Click on that.
  6. Click "Add New" and fill out the form for the current term.
  7. You will need to fill out a new report for each employer and each semester.


Experience submitted for pro bono recognition by the Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) must meet the following requirements:

  • The work must be law related (i.e., not clerical or non-law related tasks).
  • The work must be supervised by an attorney actively licensed in the relevant court jurisdiction.
  • The work must be pro bono in nature, for example related to a government agency, court, public interest organization or private attorney handling a matter for free or for a substantially reduced fee.