Gonzaga Law students are required to complete thirty (30) hours of public service for graduation. Transfer students, including those in the JDIEL program, must complete twenty (20) hours of public service.
Students may begin work toward completion of the requirement at the beginning of their first term of law school. The public service requirement cannot be satisfied by hours for which the student also receives compensation, other monetary value, academic credit, or hours that are submitted to the Center for Law in Public Service for the Pro Bono Distinction.
Download the Public Service Completion Form
For more information, contact Matt Brunell (Class of 2017), the Public Service Liaison
Choosing a Public Service Activity
You are responsible for selecting the public service activity you would like to perform to fulfill Gonzaga’s public service requirement.
You may choose an agency on your own, through the law school public service liaison, through Gonzaga University’s Service Learning Website, or through the Community Service Fair held on main campus each semester.
If you choose an activity on your own, your choice must be authorized by the law school’s Public Service Liaison, Matt Brunell, Class of 2017, who will consult with CCASL’s Service Learning Coordinator.
If you need help selecting an activity, consider using Gonzaga University’s Service Learning website. It has information on agencies that cooperate with the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL).
How to Report your Public Service activity
- Once you have selected an agency, email the Public Service Liaison to verify approval of the agency for public service credit.
- Complete your hours with approved agency. If you work with the same agency multiple times, you can report all the work on a single form.
- Fill out the Public Service Completion Form and have it signed by a representative of the agency as the Public Service Recipient. (Be specific and detailed on your dates and hours of service.)
- Submit to wooden box outside of Registrar’s Office.
- Once approved by Public Service Liaison and Registrar, track your hours on Zagweb, under Student Records.
Summary of the Public Service Requirement
For purposes of the requirement, “public service” shall be broadly interpreted. It encompasses traditional pro bono legal work, but can also be satisfied by any of the following activities, so long as the student received no compensation:
- Volunteering at a nonprofit charitable, civic or community organization (law or non-law related);
- Assisting an attorney or law firm on a pro bono case;
- Any work over and above your required Externship or University Legal Assistance (Clinic) hours.
- Serving at a public agency;
Students may either choose to be placed with an agency already approved or seek new agency approval by the student Public Service Liaison, Matt Brunell (Class of 2017).
The place of service should be in Eastern Washington or North Idaho, with exceptions possible upon approval by the Public Service Liaison, who will consult with the Associate Dean of Students (e.g., a student may fulfill the requirement while out of the area during a semester break).
Service hours must be submitted within one calendar year of completion.
Please complete the Public Service Requirement Completion Form and submit to the wooden box outside of the Registrar’s Office for satisfaction of this requirement.
Transcripts will reflect completion of the public service requirement upon graduation.