All persons who are admitted to the New York State bar after January 1, 2015 are now required to file an affidavit showing that they have performed 50 hours of pro bono service (even if they apply for admission before January 1, 2015).
The full text of the rule and FAQs can be found at http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/baradmissionreqs.shtml.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of each student to verify that their work meets the requirements outlined below. The law school cannot guarantee that any particular internship or placement will be accepted. If, after reviewing the FAQs, you have any question about whether your work would count, please email: ProBonoRule@nycourts.gov or call 1-855-227-5482.
Who needs to fulfill the pro bono requirement?
All law students who were at an ABA-approved law school in 2011 and expect to be admitted to practice in New York after January 1, 2015. This includes:
Please note that there are differences in what counts under the New York rule, compared to Rutgers’ pro bono recognition program. Students SHOULD NOT assume that work that counts for one will automatically count for the other. You can find out more about the law school’s recognition program HERE.
How do I complete the affidavit?
* Only original, hard copy versions of Affidavits of Compliance may be submitted (not electronic versions or photocopies). Nonetheless, it is recommend that you keep an extra copy on file. Although the copy would not be admissible itself, it could provide useful information in the event you have to replace the original for any reason.