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Public Service Transcript Notation Program Description

  • This program is designed to provide transcript recognition for approved public service volunteer legal work performed by New England students
  • This program was approved by the New England Law | Boston Faculty in May 2006.
  • It is effective beginning in the Fall, 2006 semester. The mechanism of the transcript notation will not be applicable to work performed before that time. [Students may nonetheless report prior work to the CLSR faculty, and are encouraged to do so, although the work cannot count toward the transcript notation].
  • The program will be limited to appropriate volunteer legal work [not credit-bearing work, or work for which students are paid, whether by Work-Study, PILA grants, etc.].
  • The approved work will be legal work that meets the definition of MA Rule 6.1 (Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service). A copy of the rule is set forth below.
  • Students will earn the notation after completing 25 hours of appropriate volunteer work. [Note: This figure meets Rule 6.1's total of recommended hours annually.
  • Students performing above the minimum total may receive up to a total of three such transcript notations, but limited to a maximum of one per academic year, tracking the rule that provides for 25 hours annually. This mechanism is designed to provide additional recognition for the most dedicated students, while not excluding students wanting to volunteer but for whom 75 hours over the course of three years is infeasible.
  • Students must submit a completed form, available in hard copy.
  • Students submit the forms to Professor Engler in the Clinic Office. When they have completed the appropriate hours, the Office of the Registrar will be duly notified by the CLSR Faculty.
  • Any disputes over whether particular work is covered by MA Rule 6.1 will be resolved by the CLSR faculty, based on our role as proponents of the program and to avoid burdening other departments. Where appropriate and advisable, we will not hesitate to consult others in helping us make the decision.
  • The transcript notation shall read: "Public Service Honor Roll"

RULE 3:07
MASSACHUSETTS RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
1. PUBLIC SERVICE
[Including amendments through 07/01/2005]
RULE 6.1 VOLUNTARY PRO BONO PUBLICO SERVICES

A lawyer should provide annually at least 25 hours of pro bono publico legal services for the benefit of persons of limited means. In providing these professional services, the lawyer should: (a) provide all or most of the 25 hours of pro bono publico legal services without compensation or expectation of compensation to persons of limited means, or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means. The lawyer may provide any remaining hours by delivering legal services at substantially reduced compensation to persons of limited means or by participating in activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession that are primarily intended to benefit persons of limited means;