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New York Pro Bono Requirements

On Law Day, May 1, 2012, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced a new initiative aimed at providing additional legal resources to expand access to justice for low-income New Yorkers.
After describing his success in securing additional funding for civil legal services providers in the state and acknowledging other efforts to ensure equal access to justice, the Chief Judge explained that more was needed and, beginning in 2013, prospective attorneys will be required to spend 50 hours performing pro bono work as a requirement for admission to practice law in New York State. 
New York remains the only jurisdiction with a requirement in full effect. Up-to-date information can be found on the New York Courts’ website.
Additional information about the requirements, frequently asked questions and resources specific to New York are below.
NY Pro Bono Requirements FAQ's
Implications for Foreign-Trained LL.M. Students (NALP members required to access article)
NYC Pro Bono Center New York