The State Bar of California encourages attorneys to perform pro bono work in the course of their careers.
Offering pro bono legal services is a way for new attorneys to gain experience, and for experienced attorneys to provide assistance to those who need it the most.
Legal work on matters that have been screened and referred by a qualified legal services provider qualify as pro bono under the State Bar’s Pro Bono Resolution.
The State Bar also waives the active status license fee for eligible attorneys who do pro bono work under the Pro Bono Practice Program.
More information for attorneys looking for pro bono work opportunities:
If you are an attorney, you can find free MCLE training programs via the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Pro Bono Training Institute. Some local legal services organizations provide training and support.
Previously called the Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program, the Pro Bono Practice Program offers attorneys the opportunity to contribute their legal expertise to Californians in need.
Eligible participants who qualify can have their State Bar license fees waived.
Download the application form