FAQs: HOPE Pro Bono Challenge & HOPE Community Service Challenge

HOPE Pro Bono Challenge

Log your HOPE Hours
What is the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge?

Students who complete at least 75 hours of pro bono service while in law school will be recognized with an honor cord at graduation and will receive transcript notation. 

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

  1. Legal or law-related work for a non-profit or government agency;
  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 who complete at least 25 hours of non-legal community service each year of law school will be recognized for their outstanding service.

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

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 Ceremony and Reception. In addition, top hours earners, in each class, will receive awards, presented at the ceremony. In addition, Pro Bono Challenge graduates will be recognized in the graduation program, on their transcripts and will be 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 after graduation. 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 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 sbooth@law.miami.edu.

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.

Other Public Interest Awards

Each Spring, at the Annual Recognition Ceremony and Reception, HOPE honors students with public interest awards. The award for Exemplary Service to the Poor is given to a student or students who have engaged in meaningful service to the community through an existing organization. The Innovative Service in the Public Interest award recognizes innovation in the creation of a new program or in the meaningful expansion of an existing program. Nominations are accepted from faculty and students.