One of the things that first attracted me to Loyola was the fact that they were the first ABA accredited law school in California, and one of the only schools that I had visited that had a mandatory pro bono requirement. Having been an intern at a legal services office, this appealed to me, since I took part and witnessed first-hand the low-income clients the office had taken in, and how important it was for them to be able to go to legal services for their legal needs.
However, being a first-year law student, I am unable to complete my pro bono year until the completion of my 1L year. Although throughout the course of the year, I have given a lot of thought as to how I would like to complete this requirement. I had recently accepted a summer externship, and had met with my career counselor seeking various options for me to not only work as a law clerk during the break, but also put in some volunteer time to make a dent in the hours that I have to complete.
Since I had mentioned in a previous post that I was interested in going into public interest or government after the completion of my degree, I am potentially looking into clinics that involve work in civil or criminal litigation, as well as well entertainment, since that is a possible route I was thinking of going down as well.