Attorneys have a professional responsibility to provide services to people in need of legal assistance and who are financially unable to afford a lawyer. Under ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 6.1, every lawyer should aspire to contribute at least fifty (50) hours of pro bono legal assistance every year.

Cornell Law School embodies a culture of ethical service, recognizing that law students learn how to become “lawyers in the best sense” at Cornell. Participation in pro bono legal assistance ensures law students learn how to carry out their responsibility to pursue justice for all.