DARTMOUTH — The UMass School of Law exceeded 100,000 student community service hours valued at nearly $3 million since it was established in 2010 as the Commonwealth’s first public law school with a mission to expand access to justice.
The school has documented a total of 100,015 hours of community service valued at $2,988,448, according to a news release. To get that number, the school used a “conservative rate” of $29.88 for each hour based on the Independent Sector standard for non-profit work (https://www.independentsector.org/resource/the-value-of-volunteer-time/).
Here’s the breakdown:
61,522 hours for the law school clinic including client work performed by students working in multiple clinics at the school and field placements;
26,086 hours of pro bono graduation requirements — at least 30 hours of pro bono legal work are required for each student before graduation, but many students complete more.
In addition to the required 30 hours, public interest law fellows perform a minimum of 200 hours of community service as a condition of their scholarship which they receive based on their commitment to pursuing careers in public service. The public interest law fellows completed 12,407 hours.
— Aimee Chiavaroli