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Student Service Recognition

Student Service AwardBecause the College of Law is proud of our students’ commitment to pro bono and community service work, we have created a special recognition program. In order for a student to receive special recognition at graduation, a student must be in good academic standing and have completed at least *50 hours of volunteer work. 80% of the hours completed must be law related pro bono work. 20% of the hours can be traditional community service (such as volunteering at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, tutoring, home building projects, etc.). There are two categories of Pro Bono and Community Service Recognition Awards.

  • Students who complete the minimum 50 hours will receive a certificate from the Dean and special recognition at Commencement.
  • Students who complete 75+ hours will receive a Blue Pro Bono and Community Service Honor Cord.
  • Students who complete 100+ hours will receive an Orange Pro Bono and Community Service Honor Cord.

The top three graduating students providing the most pro bono and community service hours will be individually recognized.

The Special Recognition Awards will be given out in connection with the end of year graduation and convocation exercise, and will be noted in the graduation materials. In addition, students will be permitted to wear a special signifier at graduation, as provided by the College. Students are able to record Community Service/Pro Bono hours using the online form.

* For the Class of 2013 & 2014, the minimum of 30 hours remain the same as do the recognition categories for graduation.  However, all hours must be reported by the end of the semester that they were performed and by March 25th of your graduating year. Please refer to your Student Handbook.