Pro Bono and Public Interest

Rutgers Law School is committed to providing students with meaningful pro bono opportunities that instill an ethic of service, while providing much needed legal assistance to the broader community. Through the program, our students develop skills in professional responsibility, problem-solving, and leadership, while also internalizing an ethic of service that is central to the legal profession. Moreover, through their engagement in our pro bono program, our students enhance their legal knowledge and professional networks. The goal is for all Rutgers Law School students to develop the skills and inclination to work for social justice throughout their careers, whether in a public interest setting or through pro bono work.

Law School Pro Bono Administrators

Jill Friedman, Associate Dean, 856-225-6263

Pam Mertsock-Wolfe, Director, 856-225-6405

Rutgers Law prepares students for a career in public service

Public interest means that I am able to use my legal degree to help the little guy who would otherwise be at a disadvantage trying to take on an adversarial system alone. Through Rutgers Law school I have been able to gain a lot of hands-on experience giving back to the community in many different capacities which will allow me to go forward after I graduate and feel confident in my legal work.

April Gambardella '19, Social Justice Scholar, Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program Fellow, and Director for the Rutgers Law School Domestic Violence Project.