ABA Wants Unpaid Interns Doing Pro Bono Work At Law Firms

Law360, Los Angeles (May 29, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT) -- American Bar Association President Laurel G. Bellows urged the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday to allow law firms to use law school students as unpaid interns on pro bono matters, arguing that hands-on experience is crucial amid dwindling job opportunities for graduates.

The ABA says lawyers should aspire to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work per year for a nonprofit group or government agency. Bellows said she wants assurances from the Department of Labor that it will not take legal action against...
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