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Pro Bono Program

Student Volunteer Organization Award

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The Student Volunteer Organization Award is presented by the Pro Bono Program to a USC Law School student organization who have as a whole, demonstrated the most significant contribution to pro bono projects and volunteer engagement. The award is presented at the Annual Student Awards Day. For more information check out the selection process (below) and to apply here is the application.

Criteria

The factors that will be considered when awarding points are:

  • Percentage of members involved in pro bono projects
  • Percentage of members involved in community service projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to the ethic of service
  • Efforts to incorporate or include non-members of the organization in the project

Note: Activities must be performed under the umbrella of the organization not just the actions of individuals who just happen to be members of an organization (for example: Don volunteers each month to conduct intake at the Homeless Legal Clinic. Don is a member of the Honor Council. This is activity of Don as an individual not of the Honor Council.)

Process

The Selection Committee consists of:

  • Pro Bono Board officers
  • 2L Member of the Pro Bono Board appointed by the Pro Bono Board President
  • 2L Member of the Pro Bono Board appointed by the Pro Bono Board President

Each member of the Selection Committee will review the applications and anonymously rank them in the following manner:

  • First place 3 points
  • Second place 2 points
  • Third place 1 point

The total from all members of the Selection committee will determine the winner. In the event of a tie the Director of the Pro Bono Program will vote.

The Award with a small monetary contribution and a framed certificate signed by the Dean and the President of the Pro Bono Program Board will be presented on Awards Day.