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The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips and projects with legal organizations in the Boston area and across the United States. OCP has funded the trips since 2005 when students went to New Orleans to assist families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

There is a limited amount of funding available for administrative costs and student travel. Our goal is to fund as many students as possible for valuable learning and service experiences. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants. Each trip must have more than one student participant and a student leader. Typically students engage in pro bono service for a minimum of five days within that period.

Spring 2018 Break Projects

Spring 2018 Break Projects

This academic year, 52 students chose to spend their spring break traveling across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to provide legal services to communities in need. 31 students traveled to Puerto Rico to provide legal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by working with Ayuda Legal Hurácan Maria and Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia, and to provide humanitarian relief by working with the Christian Community Center in Camito. Within the U.S. students also worked with American Gateways in San Antonio, TX, assisting the low-income immigrant community; and with the Delta Directions in Clarksdale, MS, developing community and state-based policy strategies for improving water testing and childhood blood lead level surveillance policies in Mississippi. Locally, students also worked at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association and Project Citizenship.