The Public Service Fellows Program recognizes students who volunteer legal service to a nonprofit (501)(c)(3) organization or to a governmental agency. Fellows will be recognized at the Honors Convocation, which precedes the Hooding Ceremony, and the PSF designation will be added to student fellows’ transcripts.
There are four levels of distinction:
All students enrolled at the Moritz College of Law who have completed at least their first semester of law school are eligible.
Students must identify an eligible sponsor either within or outside the college. Cybele Smith, Director of Public Service and Public Interest, must approve sponsors outside the college. Please note that LLM students on F-1 visas may only volunteer within Moritz College of Law or The Ohio State University in general, per visa regulation. LLM students who are permanent residents or US citizens may volunteer at organizations on or off campus.
From within the Moritz College of Law:
From outside the Moritz College of Law:
For JD students, all pro bono hours must be submitted on Symplicity by going to the Pro Bono tab (under My Account). Click Add New and then complete the form. You may enter hours as you earn them or enter all hours under one date after you have completed a pro bono position or project. If you have questions or concerns about submitting your hours please contact Symplicity Administrator, Lakin Miehls.
For LLM students, all pro bono hours must be submitted via email by the end of the semester to Assistant Director for International & Graduate Affairs Megan Avellana. The email must include the name of the organization, work performed and total hours. If you are unsure whether or not a specific organization or task will qualify, please email Megan to check.
Graduating 3Ls must submit all hours on Symplicity by the end of March during their 3L year. 1Ls and 2Ls have no deadlines to turn in hours during these years.
Graduating LLMs must submit all hours to the Assistant Director Megan Avellana by the end of March. The Assistant Director will then send these hours to the Director of Public Service and Public Interest, Cybele Smith.
Cybele Smith will approve a student’s successful completion of the PSF Program and will so certify to the Dean and notify the Registrar to enter the appropriate designation of Public Service Fellow on the student’s transcript. Public Service Fellows will be awarded certificates of recognition and will be noted at both the Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony.