One of the pillars of Florida Coastal School of Law is to serve the underserved. They believe performing pro bono work helps law students develop an awareness of their ethical and personal responsibilities to their community. Volunteering is encouraged, but not required. Through FCSL’s Pro Bono Program, they have created a culture of volunteerism that provides law students with opportunities to engage in community service.
The students who graduated during the 2011-2012 academic year performed an impressive 38,000 hours of volunteer work – while attending school! More than 37 percent of the students who graduated performed a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono work.
Law students volunteer in both legal and non-legal settings. They provide legal assistance at places such as Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Fourth Circuit Public Defender’s Office, Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office, ACLU and AARP Tax Aide. But they also volunteer individually and in teams to serve our nonprofit community at PACE, Sulzbacher, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Clara White Mission, Habijax and many more, serving our community with their skills and compassion.
Florida Coastal School of Law is the 2013 recipient of the HandsOn Schools Award, which they will receive this Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Celebrate!GOOD.