Now in its fourth year, Seattle University‘s ‘Low Bono’ program provides assistance to people who do not qualify for a pro bono lawyer but cannot afford a full priced lawyer. Launched in 2013, the program prepares lawyers to fill this need for reduced priced legal assistance to low- and moderate-income clients.
The Low Bono Incubator offers financial assistance, continuing legal education, and mentorship to a group of graduates who commit to serving less affluent clients, assisting them with launching their own businesses. Fifteen alumni have completed the program and have begun small business handling cases in areas such as immigration or bankruptcy.
Seattle University is the only law school with a low bono program in Washington. Dean Annette Clark connects this work to their mission saying “As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to meeting the legal needs of under-served communities. As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to meeting the legal needs of under-served communities”.
To learn more, read the article on the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities website.