What is PBLA?

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Thank you for your interest in Pro Bono Legal Advocates, a student organization at University of San Diego School of Law.

The purpose of PBLA is to create and promote opportunities for law students to serve their community. PBLA coordinates various off-campus legal clinics as well as panel discussions and other events. 

We also facilitate the Pro Bono Service Recognition Policy that recognizes law students who render 100 hours or more of pro bono service prior to graduation. Learn more about the Pro Bono Service Recognition Policy.

About Our Organization

PBLA is an organization dedicated to giving legal assistance to the local community. Through each of its seven programs, PBLA helps bring legal help to those who would otherwise be lost in the legal system or who might not be able to afford competent counsel. In addition, PBLA provides programs that are not specifically law-oriented for those who want to help in the local community. We also help publicize other public service opportunities throughout the school year.
Become a Volunteer

The easiest way to become a volunteer with a PBLA clinic is to attend a club meeting and sign up! Otherwise, e-mail the chair of the clinic you're interested in for more information. Each clinic has its own schedule and operates independently. All clinics require a schedule commitment, but for many clinics this may be just a few hours per week or just a few days per semester.

The contact information for each clinic chair is available on the Contact Information page.
Service Opportunities

PBLA has seven clinical programs that law students can get involved in: Children's Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, Unlawful Detainer Clinic, HIV/AIDS Clinic, VITA (Tax) Clinic, Elder Law and the Clean Slate Clinic. These are great opportunities to get involved with the community, develop skills, and provide legal assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to receive it.