All projects require training, prior to participation, provided by the Pro Bono Program.  Contact program staff for training dates.

Students in good standing are eligible to apply for participation in pro bono projects. The Pro Bono Program reserves the right to limit or exclude participation in its discretion.

Bankruptcy – This project pairs students with practicing bankruptcy attorneys to prepare filings in Chapter 7 cases. 

Eligible Students: 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisite: None

Time Commitment: 2 interview sessions plus follow-up per semester

Training: fall

Contact: Pam Mertsock-Wolfe (pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

Domestic Violence – The DV project gives students the unique   opportunity to get hands on experience in domestic violence law. After completing a two part training as early as the first year of law school, students volunteer in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Camden County Family Court, where they assist  victims of domestic violence in the process of completing complaints and obtaining temporary restraining orders.

Eligible Students: 1L (second semester), 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisite: None

Time Commitment: weekly shifts

Training: fall and spring

Contact: Anne Malgrave (ammullan@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

Financial Literacy – Developed in partnership with the bankruptcy bench and bar, the Financial Literacy Project  provides an opportunity for students to visit Camden-area high schools and other sites to teach students and adults about credit, credit cards, debt, budgeting, computer security and identity theft..

Eligible Students: 1L (second semester), 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisite: None. No prior substantive knowledge or teaching experience required

Time Commitment: flexible

Training: fall and spring

Contact: Jill Friedman (jill.friedman@rutgers.edu)

 

Mediation – After 18-hour training course, students mediate and conciliate at Camden County Superior or Camden Municipal Court. 

Eligible Students: 1L (second semester), 2L, 3L, 4L (by application)

Time Commitment: 6 mediation sessions, scheduled flexibly

Pre-requisite: None

Training: Spring (18 hours)

Contact: Pam Mertsock-Wolfe (pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

Pro Bono Research Project – Co-directed by Associate Dean Jill Friedman and Professor Sarah Ricks, this project provides free legal research to a broad variety of public interest law practitioners and private practitioners handling pro bono matters.  Students, under faculty supervision, have the opportunity to hone their legal research and writing. 

Eligible Students: 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisite: None

Training: Individual supervision is provided

Application: Research Associate Information and Application 2015.pdf

Contact: Jill Friedman (jill.friedman@rutgers.edu) or Sarah Ricks (sricks@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

Street Law - Trained volunteers teach Camden-area kids about the law in their lives. Sessions, held at schools, detention centers, community sites, etc., are lively and interactive.

Eligible Students: 1L (second semester), 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisites: None. No substantive knowledge nor prior teaching experience is required.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Training: fall and spring

Contact: Jill Friedman (jill.friedman@rutgers.edu)

 

VITA – Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.  After training, students provide tax return assistance to low income Camden residents.  Sessions are held at the Campus Center, serving several hundred clients per tax season.

Eligible Students: 1L (second semester), 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisites: None

Time Commitment: flexible

Training: Spring

Contact: Pam Mertsock-Wolfe (pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

Voters’ Rights – In collaboration with the Camden County Board of Elections, students work to increase voter registration and to monitor and resolve election day issues at polling stations. 

Eligible Students: 1L, 2L, 3L, 4L

Pre-requisites: None.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Training: fall

Contact: Pam Mertsock-Wolfe (pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu)

 

PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES (in collaboration with community legal partners)

Supervision to Aid Re-entry Program (“STAR”) - (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA) – Two students per semester assist with civil legal intake and supervision for former federal inmates in a judicially supervised re-entry program.

Eligible Students: 2L, 3L, 4L(by application)

Co-requisites: Professional Responsibility

Time Commitment: Approximately 3.5 hours every other week

Training: fall and spring

Contact: Jill Friedman (jill.friedman@rutgers.edu)

 

Lawyering