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The New York Volunteer Hours Rule - 22 NYCRR Section 520.16

New York State Bar Admission: Pro Bono Requirement FAQs


The rule applies to NYS bar applicants admitted on or after January 1, 2015.

Out-of-State Bar Applicants

  • If you attended law school outside of New York State, or are applying for New York Bar admission from outside New York, this site can help you meet the New York Pro Bono requirement. Some host sites can use the magic of technology to help you help low-income people in New York.

Pro Bono Requirements for Admitted Attorneys in New York State

  • There is no mandatory Pro Bono Requirement for admitted attorneys in New York State.
  • Effective May 1, 2013, New York attorneys are required to biannually report the amount of hours spent providing free volunteer legal services, and the amount of financial contributions made to organizations that provide legal services to the under-served.
  • New York lawyers are strongly encouraged to aspire to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono service each year.
  • Here is a link to the New York Pro Bono Reporting Requirements and an FAQ on the nycourts.gov website.
  • Finding Pro Bono opportunities is easy in New York. See the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Opportunities Guide at nysba.org.