Awards & Recognition

Students may apply for public service awards at any time after the required number of hours have been earned. Awards will be presented at the annual Public Interest Institute Awards Ceremony in the spring, and award recipients will also be recognized during graduation ceremonies.

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Dean’s Community Service Award (40 hours community service)

Law students must perform at least 40 hours of law-related or non-legal community service while in law school. Students are responsible for arranging their placement(s) with appropriate organizations within the university or community. An appropriate organization is one that is generally recognized within the community or school as committed to public service, does not charge a fee for service provided, and does not compensate the student for the service given. Service must be conducted during the school years or summers after a student becomes a full time law student.

Independent Legal Public Service Award (50 hours pro bono/law-related volunteer work)

To earn the Independent Legal Public Service Award, students must complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work in an approved nonprofit, public interest, or government office. Pro bono opportunities are available through the Public Interest Institute, but students may also seek out their own opportunities. Pro bono projects should be cleared with the Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law if the student intends to count the hours toward this award. Service must be conducted during the school years or summers after a student becomes a full time law student. Paid work, externships, or work done for course credit do not count toward this award.

Order of the Samaritan (90 hours community service & pro bono work)

The Order of the Samaritan is the highest public service award bestowed by the University of Alabama School of Law. To earn this award, a student must complete at least 90 hours of volunteer work, with at least 50 of those hours spent doing pro bono/law-related service. Service must be conducted during the school years or summers after a student becomes a full time law student. Paid work, externships, or work done for course credit do not count toward this award.

Order of the Samaritan Application Form

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