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

Check out the Pro Bono Program's website to find out "What Counts as Pro Bono."

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

Check out the Pro Bono Program's website to find out "How to Get Started." Here you will learn how to log your pro bono hours in Symplicity and find out about pro bono opportunities on TWEN.
Have a Pro Bono Project Idea?
Email it to Aoife Delargy at

Student Awards & Recognition

Pro Bono Service Honors

Upon graduation, students receive recognition for their pro bono service throughout law school.

- 50 Hours

-100 Hours

-150+ Hours

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.