The Catholic University of America

Public Interest Curriculum


Public Interest/ Public Service
Student Organizations


Clinics and Externships 

Participating students may register to earn 2 credits (120 hours) or 3 credits (180 hours) per semester. Along with their first externship, students should enroll in a 2 credit professional development seminar (i.e. "Becoming a Lawyer"). For subsequent externships, students may register for credit through "Supervised Fieldwork."


























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Pro Bono at CUA

For purposes of CUA Law's Pro Bono Challenge, a pro bono project must entail work that is (1) law-related; (2) conducted on behalf of individuals or groups underrepresented in the legal system or on behalf of organizations that serve them, which may include nonprofit, civic, community, religious or governmental entities; (3) not performed for academic credit or compensation; and (4) supervised by a licensed attorney. 

Are you a CUA law Student who has done Pro Bono Work? Let us know!!

Email your pro bono hours to Jennifer Tschirch at! Tell us about your work in the email body or complete a timesheet.

Looking for a Pro Bono Project?

Sign up for Pro Bono Projects on TWEN!


Have a Pro Bono Project Idea?

Email it to Aoife Delargy at
For more information, visit CUA's Pro Bono Website

Student Awards & Recognition


Pro Bono Service Honors

Upon graduation, students receive recognition for their pro bono service throughout law school.
Honors (25-49 Hours of Service)
- High Honors (50-74 Hours of Service)
- Highest Honors (75+ Hours of Service)

The Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award

This award recognizes a law student who has honored the highest ideals of the Columbus School of Law by voluntary pro bono service to others.
The James Cardinal Hickey Community Service Award
The Clinical Legal Education Association Award

Law School Service Awards

- The First Lap Award
For dedicated services to the law school community during the first year of law study
- The Extra Mile Award
For outstanding service to the law school community
- The Marathon Award
For extraordinary dedication and outstanding service to the law school community

The Dean's Award

This award is given to the President of every student organization.