Pro Bono Program
An Essential Part of Every Lawyer's Professional Identity

Pro bono service is more than a requirement of many state bars: it's a foundational underpinning of the legal profession. Lawyers can uniquely serve their communities by sharing their time and talent with people of limited means as well as the charitable and nonprofit organizations that serve them. As you use your skills to help people in need, you gain the satisfaction of knowing you've contributed meaningful, quantifiable service to society at large.


Pro bono service must meet the following requirements:

  • Unpaid, law-related work
  • Service during the school year (not summer)
  • Supervision by a judge or attorney
  • Work that assists in the provision of legal services without charge for
    • persons of limited means;
    • not-for-profit, nonpartisan (501(c)(3)) organizations; or
    • other individuals, groups, or organizations seeking to promote or secure access to justice.


These campus organizations offer pro bono hours to Emory Law students:

Atlanta Legal Aid

Pro Bono Intake Project

Emory Law students work 2–3 hour shifts at Atlanta Legal Aid in Decatur to assist with the intake of domestic relations cases. Trainings are once a semester; shift sign-up is on Symplicity.  

  • Help Legal Aid service its clients
  • Receive both preliminary and on-the-job training and guidance
  • Develop client interviewing skills
  • Build relationships with attorneys who can act as references

Public Interest

Emory Law's location in a metropolitan area offers abundant opportunities to study and practice law in the public interest. Emory is associated with The Carter Center, founded to promote democracy and human rights around the world. Atlanta is at the heart of criminal justice reform in the South, with leading organizations such as the Southern Center for Human Rights. The city is also home to the South's largest environmental organization, the Southern Environmental Law Center. Learn more »

Georgia law prohibits law students (or any other individual who is not a member of the bar) from giving legal advice without the supervision of an attorney. This includes researching cases for other nonlawyers' use and drafting documents or pleadings.

If you need legal assistance and cannot afford to hire an attorney, we recommend the following nonprofit and student organizations, with whom Emory students work in our pro bono and field placement programs under the supervision of an attorney. Please contact the organization directly for intake.

General Legal Services

Organizations Providing Specialized Legal Services

Atlanta Legal Aid also maintains a list of other organizations in Georgia that provide legal assistance or information.