Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization are located in the Smith Anderson Center for Community Outreach.
While Wake Forest Law students have been engaged in pro bono work for many years, a formal Pro Bono Project was started during the 2009-2010 school year and the following year the law school provided greater administrative support by hiring a Director of Outreach.
The Pro Bono Project has filled hundreds of placements with attorneys in non-profit organizations, private practice and North Carolina’s legal services organizations. The program is administered by a student executive board with the support and assistance of the law school administration and partnerships with local attorneys and legal services organizations.
At Wake Forest Law, the Pro Bono Project is the central point for all pro bono activities and maintains a database to keep track of student pro bono work.
The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) promotes Wake Forest’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients, but also their communities.
The Initiative holds an event each academic year, in conjunction with Career and Professional Development, that serves to increase students’ awareness of the various paths available in public interest law. Each year PILO student leaders bring in exciting and successful attorney speakers that work in different areas of public interest, ranging from criminal law to education and civil rights.
In addition, throughout the year PILO hosts multiple events that help us raise money for student grants that are award to dedicated students who spend their summer working at unpaid public interest internships.