Global Pro Bono Caravans
UPDATE: In March 2017, Columbia Law School students will be utilizing their legal skills in two pro bono projects:
-International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in Amman, Jordan – Students will provide direct legal assistance to Iraqi and Syrian refugees under supervision of IRAP attorneys. They will learn how to interview victims of torture and will conduct client intakes with vulnerable refugees referred to IRAP by partner NGOs, as well as meetings with existing Columbia clients.
- Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa – Students will assist the country’s leading public interest law center with their work, which has involved education rights in the past. Students will also conduct research and draft legal documents to help the LRC institute legal action.
The Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans are an immensely popular part of the pro bono program at Columbia Law School. Groups of Columbia Law School students spend their spring break week working at legal services and public interest organizations across the U.S. and, sometimes, abroad. They work intensively with one another, new colleagues, and new communities to provide much-needed legal assistance.
Not only do students report life-changing and rewarding experiences, but host organizations are able to attend to more clients and complete more cases in a week than they are sometimes able to accomplish in a year.
In March 2016, thanks to the generosity of donors, 93 students participated in caravans for 18 different host organizations around the country and abroad. Globally, some examples of past student work include traveling to Amman, Jordan to work with attorneys providing legal assistance to Iraqi and Syrian refugees with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP); traveling to Grahamstown, South Africa to work with the Legal Resources Centre to aid in their work involving the right to education and land rights issues; and traveling to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to assist attorneys at Vaša Prava with compiling asylum cases for Middle Eastern and North African migrants and conducting legal research to develop anti-discrimination cases.
With your support, the 2017 Pro Bono Caravans can continue to bring their legal expertise to areas around the world and provide valuable experience to Columbia Law students
Pro Bono Caravans at Vasa Prava