LSU law students recently helped the LSU Public Interest Law Society—or PILS—complete its 1,000 Hours Challenge, volunteering more than 2,000 hours of community service, including pro bono work, in and around Baton Rouge. In recognition of their community service, students who completed at least 10 hours of service were invited to a banquet at Fred’s in “Tigerland,” where donated prizes were randomly awarded to the participants.
Participants volunteered for a litany of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers In Public Schools, Thirst for Justice, Acadia Legal Services, Catholic Charities, general church work, PILS Day of Service, Lonestar Legal Aid, St. Vincent Soup Kitchen, PILS Children’s book drive, VITA, and Race for the Cure, among others.
The project officially began in August and eligible activities were added throughout the year. Students recorded their community service and then reported the results to organizers or placed them in a 1,000 Hours Challenge box in the Law Center.
PILS is a student run organization that strives to foster student interest and action in the public interest community. Its mission is to provide like-minded students an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience through exposure to areas of the law that aid the public.
The organization also provides pro bono and community service activities, educational lectures, and a public interest career counselor to raise awareness of issues faced by the immediate community and beyond.
Students completing more than 50, 75, and 100 hours of pro bono service are also recognized with the Chancellor’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award and a white honor cord at graduation.