Each fall, the school year kicks off with the annual HOPE Day of Service. This event signifies Miami Law's ongoing commitment to community engagement.
What is it?
Before students even enter the classroom, Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center sends hundreds of law students to dozens of sites across Miami-Dade County. It is a unique opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the South Florida community while getting to know your classmates.
What do students do?
HOPE kicks off the day on the Bricks at the law school at 8 a.m. New and returning law students travel to sites across Miami-Dade County to engage in a morning of service, repairs, clean-ups and renovations.
We will do our best to accommodate site preference but will make assignments based on agency capacity and need. 1Ls will receive their site assignments from site leaders in early August.
What do students wear?
Please dress casually and comfortably. It will be hot and some sites are outdoors. Closed-toe shoes are required! You will be given a HOPE t-shirt to wear to your site. Please also note that some sites have specific requirements, which you will receive along with your assignment.
What makes HOPE Day unique?
HOPE DAY focuses not only on students providing service to the community, but also gives 1Ls the chance to learn about programs, clinics and advocacy initiatives that they can be a part of during their law school career. Students learn about opportunities to develop legal advocacy skills, on- and off-campus, from the site leaders and HOPE team at the event.
Can 2Ls or 3Ls participate?
Returning Miami Law students serve as site leaders and upper-division volunteers. If you are a returning student who would like to get involved, please email email@example.com.
Can participation go towards Community Service Hours?
Yes. Students are encouraged to log their community service hours on the HOPE website, which is a great way to jumpstart a student's HOPE Community Service Challenge. Students who complete 25 hours of community service each year are recognized annually at a Public Interest Ceremony.
In addition, students are encouraged to sign on to the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge, which recognizes legal advocacy and engagement on a pro bono basis. Students who complete the Pro Bono Challenge, 75 hours of pro bono service during law school, are recognized at graduation and receive a transcript notation. Learn more about HOPE Community Service and Pro Bono Challenges.
For questions about HOPE DAY, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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