Student Opportunities

Student Handbook


Our students complete pro bono projects in a variety of ways. If you have a special area of interest or discover an unmet legal need that a pro bono project could address, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the Pro Bono Board who can help connect you with ongoing projects and community partners.

Attorney-Sponsored Projects

Throughout the academic year, attorneys post pro bono projects for students including research, interviewing, client communication, and legal writing. These projects encompass a wide variety of practice areas and can be completed remotely or in-person. Students sign up virtually on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winter Break and Spring Break

Much like attorney-sponsored projects during the academic year, the Pro Bono Program gathers projects from attorneys and organizations during winter and spring break. Winter break projects are a popular way to get involved in pro bono work, especially for first-year students ready for practical experience after a semester in the classroom.


During academic year breaks, including Fall Break, the Pro Bono Program sponsors trips to different areas of North Carolina to host clinics with legal services agencies, community organizations, and other partners. Students have worked on wills, divorces, expungement, advanced directives, health insurance enrollment, and more.

Communities Served by Past Special Trips
Special Projects

In addition to soliciting projects from attorneys and organizations, the Pro Bono Program also works to develop new projects. For example, the program organizes special clinics and events, pro bono opportunities during orientation, and lunchtime pro bono opportunities.

Student Organizations

Many student groups create and manage their own projects, clinics, and trips based on chosen focus areas of the groups. These range from ongoing projects to seasonal or even one-day projects. Student organizations work with the Pro Bono Board’s Student Group Projects Coordinator to ensure that pro bono projects provide proper attorney supervision and comply with State Bar Regulations.

Student Board

Our 13-member student Pro Bono Board is responsible for finding, organizing, and publicizing pro bono opportunities in a variety of different substantive areas and throughout the state. The Pro Bono Board is led by a Student Director and works closely with the Director of Pro Bono Initiatives.

Meet the Board

  • Student Director: Jessica di Lustro
  • 3L Class Coordinator: Ellie McIntyre
  • 2L Class Coordinator: Emma Santizo
  • 1L Class Coordinator: TBD
  • Alumni Outreach Coordinator: Aprie’la Warren
  • Attorney Projects Coordinator: Dylan Silver
  • Community Services Co-Coordinator: Chantrisse Howard
  • Community Services Co-Coordinator: Juliana Bird
  • Public Relations Coordinator: Griffin Lamb
  • Special Trips Co-Coordinator: Mandy Mericle
  • Special Trips Co-Coordinator: Miranda Papes
  • Student Group Projects Coordinator: Mady Clahane
  • Winter and Spring Breaks Project Coordinator: Casey Buttke

Board Positions

Each spring, the Pro Bono Program advertises and solicits applications for open positions on the Pro Bono Board within the UNC School of Law student body. Board terms are based on the academic year. Prior to open Board selection in the spring, the Board’s Student Director is selected from the pool of students who have previously served on the Board. Current Board members may also apply to remain on the Board through an internal selection process. Remaining Board positions are advertised by email and at an interest meeting. Board members are selected based on a written application and interview process.

Student Director
Attorney Projects Coordinator
Class Coordinators (One position for each class year)
Student Group Projects Coordinator
Public Relations Coordinator
Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator
Special Trips Coordinators (Two positions)
Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Community Services Coordinators (Two positions)