FAQs : HOPE Pro Bono Challenge & HOPE Community Service Challenge

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HOPE Pro Bono Challenge

HOPE Pro Bono Challenge

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

HOPE Pro Community Service Challenge

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 FAQ

How do I sign up/register for the challenge(s)?
If you haven’t yet accepted the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge and/or the HOPE Community Challenge, please register today!

How do I log my hours?
Click on either of the logos above or just click here.

How can I tell if I have met the Pro Bono Challenge and the Community Service Challenge?
Log onto the system. (Your 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 I 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 my 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 I log my hours?
You can log your hours into the system all-year round. However, don’t forget to log your hours by March 20th in order to be honored at HOPE’s Annual Public Interest Recognition Reception in April. If you have a problem, and need help updating your hours, please contact HOPE Office Manager, Betty Vilaboy, at 305-284-2599.

Can I log hours above and beyond those required for clinics, externships and lit skills?
Yes, you can earn pro bono credit for any hours that exceed the requirements of your clinic, externship or lit skills placement. However, rather than logging these hours yourself, you will need to get written verification from your particular program. For more details, please contact HOPE at 305-284-2599 or umhope@law.miami.edu.

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HAVE A PROJECT IDEA?

If you have an idea for a project, please complete the HOPE Project Proposal Form or contact umhope@law.miami.edu. We are eager to hear from you and explore what projects meet your interests and, if the opportunity arises, develop a new area of outreach and advocacy.