Pro Bono Programs

SIRR provides students with many opportunities throughout the year to learn more about immigration and asylum law. Most of this work allows student to receive pro bono credit for the Columbia Law School or New York State Bar pro bono hours requirement. In some cases an organization may seek student assistance with translation and interpretation, which does not count for pro bono hours, but information regarding eligibility for pro bono hours will be included in the program description.

Explore pro bono opportunities on the following pages:

Pro Bono Projects

SIRR partners with local public interest groups to offer students several pro bono opportunities during the academic year, all focused on assisting immigrants and refugees navigate the complex and, often, daunting U.S. immigration system. Each pro bono program is unique, reflecting the diverse needs of immigrants and refugees, and student volunteers can expect to take on varying time commitments and responsibilities depending on the program.  For more information regarding pro bono projects contact Ellie Brinck-Johnsen (abb2196@columbia.edu) and Samuel Truesdell (st3198@columbia.edu).

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

CLS's International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) chapter is part of SIRR. For information related specifically to IRAP contact Meg Gould (mng2127@columbia.edu) and Sana Singh (sas2408@columbia.edu).

Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans

SIRR also organizes several Spring Break Pro Bono caravans each year. These week long projects provide an intensive legal experience and allow many students to fulfill their pro bono requirement. For more information about our 2020 caravans contact Kelley Chang-Fong (kelley.c@columbia.edu).