FAQs: HOPE Pro Bono Challenge & HOPE Community Service Challenge

HOPE Pro Bono Challenge

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What is the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge?

Students pledge to complete 75 hours of pro bono service before graduation. Students who satisfy the Pro Bono Challenge will be recognized at graduation and will receive notation on their transcripts.

What counts as Pro Bono hours?
Pro Bono hours include work that is:

  1. Legal or law-related in nature;
  2. Uncompensated by credit or funds;
  3. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney or a member of the law school faculty; and
  4. Designed to directly or indirectly address the legal needs of underrepresented groups, or organizations.

HOPE Pro Community Service Challenge

Community Service Hours
What is the HOPE Community Service Challenge?

Students pledge to complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year of law school. Students who satisfy the HOPE Community Service Challenge requirements will be recognized at the Annual Recognition Reception in the Spring.

What counts as Community Service hours?
To receive community service hours, students must perform work that is in conjunction with a community service agency, student organization, law school program or has been approved as a qualified service project by the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center.

General FAQs

How does one sign up/register for the challenge(s)?
Click here to accept the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge and/or the HOPE Community Challenge, today!

How does one log hours?
Click on either of the logos above or just click here.

How can a student tell if I he or she has met the Pro Bono Challenge and the Community Service Challenge?
Log onto the system. (Total hours should be a minimum of 75 for meeting the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge during law school and a minimum of 25 hours for meeting the Community Challenge in any given year.)

Can a student earn recognition for both the Pro Bono and Community Service Challenges?
Yes! All students will be recognized at the Annual Public Interest Recognition Reception. In addition, top hours earners, in each class, will receive awards, presented at the reception. In addition, Pro Bono Challenge graduates will be recognized in the graduation program, on their transcripts and provided special graduation regalia.

When will one’s  transcript show the 75 hours earned?
Each year, the registrar will be notified of any student who reaches the 75 hour challenge. The Pro Bono Challenge designation will appear on the transcript when it is finalized, late summer. If you are a December graduate, and have met the Pro Bono Challenge, please contact the HOPE office at umhope@law.miami.edu, before the end of classes, in November, so we may certify your hours to the Registrar.

When can  a student log his or her hours?
Students can log hours into the system all-year round. However, don’t forget to log hours by March 20th in order to be honored at HOPE’s Annual Public Interest Recognition Reception in April. For any problems or help updating hours, please contact Sharon Booth at 305-284-2599.

Can a student log hours above and beyond those required for clinics, externships and lit skills?
Yes, students can earn pro bono credit for any hours that exceed the requirements of a clinic, externship or lit skills placement. Just register and log your hours at the link provided.


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Sharon Booth, HOPE Assistant Director, works with programming and community advocacy projects to instill a pro bono ethic in all students.


Sara Baez, Program Coordinator, HOPE Public Interest Resource Center