The Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services recently modified its guidelines for determining how law students may qualify for the Pro Bono Honor Roll. In general a student must complete a minimum of fifty hours of pro bono service over the course of his or her law school career.  Pro bono is defined as law-related services that: 1) are unpaid; and 2) serve the legal needs of individuals or groups with limited access to legal representation or who are underrepresented in the legal system. This work can be performed for a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, or educational organization. Click on the Frequently Asked Questions page below to learn more. The certification form that the law schools should use to certify those students who meet the Honor Roll criteria is also below.  Completed certification forms should be sent or emailed to:  Chip Phinney, Deputy Legal Counsel, Supreme Judicial Court, Suite 2500, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 or Chip.Phinney@jud.state.ma.us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pro Bono Honor Roll Certification Form for Law Students pdf format of Pro Bono Honor Roll Certification Form for Law Students
(to be filled out by student's pro bono supervisor)

Tips for Opening and Filling Out the Pro Bono Honor Roll Fillable Certification Form:

1. Users must have Adobe Reader 7.0 or greater to use the extensions. (Adobe Reader is a free software and it is available for download from a number of sites).

2. Users must open the form on the website, fill it out, and then save it to their desktop
using "Save As...".

3. The completed and saved version should be sent as an attachment to Chip.Phinney@jud.state.ma.us, or mailed to the address above.