McGeorge School of Law

Capital Commendation for Public Service

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McGeorge’s Capital Center for Law & Policy encourages students to pursue experiences that emulate pro bono legal experiences during their legal career and recognizes students who give their time to others through:

  • Pro bono legal services (separate from volunteer internships or exceeding required hours for clinics)
  • Unpaid community service

Examples of activities that count towards the Commendation include:

  • Service events sponsored or promoted by the law school, such as the Citizenship Fair, Reading Partners, or the Justice Bus Spring Break Service Trip
  • Student group events to provide service or raise funds to support service, such as the Women’s Caucus Wine-Tasting and Auction and the Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) fundraising efforts
  • Other non-legal community service like neighborhood clean-up events, service nights, volunteering at libraries or animal shelters, and volunteer mentoring.

As an ongoing Capital Commendation student, you will be invited to a yearly recognition reception. At graduation, you will receive a certificate and medal for your achievement, recognition at the annual senior luncheon, and special notation in the commencement program. You may earn the Capital Commendation at the following levels, based on your total hours devoted to service during law school:

  • Bronze (50 hours)
  • Silver (100 hours)
  • Gold (150 hours)

Ready to be recognized? Register and log your public service hours.


Jon Wainwright
Jon Wainwright
Project Manager, Capital Center for Law & Policy