Dean's Certificate of Public Service

Program Goals

  1. To make students more aware of community service opportunities and encourage students to make service a part of their professional lives.
  2. To benefit the community.

Description

A student who completes 100 hours of public service during a 12 month period in which the student is in good standing at UALR School of Law will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Service, with the award noted on the student’s transcript.  A student who completes 300 hours of public service during the period the student is in good standing at UALR School of Law will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Distinguished Service, which will also be noted on the student’s transcript.

A student who wishes to be considered for either certificate shall submit a short written summary (approximately two pages) of the student’s service for review by the Dean of the School of Law.  The Dean’s office shall keep a written record of a student’s completed hours and shall provide to the School of Law’s Registrar the name of each student earning a certificate.

COOL (a committee of the UALR School of Law Student Bar Association) will facilitate this program by providing contact information for a variety of service agencies and projects, and by coordinating group volunteer activities in conjunction with other student organizations.

Projects planned by COOL and other organizations include: Habitat for Humanity, Law Students for Literacy, VITA/TCE (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly), Mother’s Day Out at the Battered Women’s Shelter, Res Judicata to benefit VOCALS, Race for the Cure, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) training, Advocates for Battered Women training, SBA/LSD Work-a-Day, and work days at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  In addition, students have hundreds of opportunities to volunteer at any time with agencies affiliated with the United Way of Pulaski County or other organizations.  Projects may be submitted to the Dean in advance for approval or may be submitted after the service has been performed. The definition of “service” applied by the Dean will be broad, but shall not include service which is compensated monetarily.

Volunteer Opportunities Directory

Students who are seeking service opportunities now have a new resource available for their use: the Bowen Volunteer Opportunities Directory.  The Directory is a two-volume reference guide that contains information about the work and programs of over 60 local non-profit organizations that are in need of volunteers.  The Directory is arranged by subject-matter categories, and it includes information about volunteer opportunities in many different areas, including food and housing needs, legal services, community development, domestic violence prevention, health education, and tutoring and mentoring, to name just a few.  The Directory may be found in the Reference section of the Law Library (call number KF336.A4 V65 2007), and a copy is also available from Terry Harrison in the reception area of the Legal Clinic.  The SBA has an additional copy of the Directory.

For additional information about the Directory or specific volunteer opportunities, please contact Professor Kelly Terry, Director of Externship Programs and Pro Bono Opportunities.