Lawyers are in a unique position to provide leadership to communities and assistance to underserved populations. At Moritz, we strongly believe law school is the place to develop a habit of service that will follow our students throughout their legal careers. We have developed many programs designed to give students their first opportunities to represent clients, learn lawyering skills, and develop professional ethics. At the same time, these programs fulfill an unmet need in our communities.
Our clinical programs, public service externship program, and judicial externship program allow students to gain hands-on experience for class credit. Each year, hundreds of students participate in these programs. Through the Grassbaugh Veterans Project, students work in paid positions to assist Central Ohio military veterans with legal needs. The Public Service Fellows Program and Public Interest Law Foundation Fellowships are focused on students’ voluntary pro bono service activities. Through the Fellows Program, each graduating class performs approximately 15,000 pro bono service hours while in law school. Public Interest Law Foundation Fellowships assist students working in public interest positions around the globe in the summer. In the past few years, PILF Fellows have worked overseas, in American cities from ranging from Anchorage to Miami, and right here in Central Ohio.