Public Service Requirements

Due to COVID, public service requirements have been waived for the graduating class of 2022, to include the Executive JD class of 2022. The graduating class of 2023 and thereafter will be subject to the following public service requirements:  

Gonzaga Law students are required to complete thirty (30) hours of public service for graduation. Transfer students, including those in the JDIEL program, must complete twenty (20) hours of public service.

Students may begin work toward completion of the requirement at the beginning of their first term of law school. The public service requirement cannot be satisfied by hours for which the student also receives compensation, other monetary value, academic credit, or hours that are submitted for the Pro Bono Distinction.

Download the Public Service Completion Form

Choosing a Public Service Activity

Students are responsible for selecting a public service activity that will fulfill Gonzaga’s public service requirement.

Students may choose an agency on their own, through Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Engagement, or through the Community Service Fair held on main campus each semester.

How to Report your Public Service activity:

  1. Complete your hours with approved agency. If you work with the same agency multiple times, you can report all the work on a single form.
  2. Fill out the Public Service Completion Form and have it signed by a representative of the agency as the Public Service Recipient. (Be specific and detailed on your dates and hours of service. A range of dates is acceptable; no dates is not.)
  3. Turn in the form to the TWEN submission site, GPSR and PBD Completion Form.
  4. Once approved, track your hours on ZAGWEB.

Summary of the Public Service Requirement

For purposes of the requirement, “public service” shall be broadly interpreted. It encompasses traditional pro bono legal work, but can also be satisfied by any of the following activities, so long as the student received no compensation:

  • Volunteering at a nonprofit charitable, civic or community organization (law or non-law related);
  • Assisting an attorney or law firm on a pro bono case;
  • Any work over and above your required Externship or Clinical Legal Programs hours;
  • Serving at a public agency.

The place of service should be in Eastern Washington or North Idaho, with exceptions possible upon approval by the Associate Dean of Students (e.g., a student may fulfill the requirement while out of the area during a term break or distance externship).

Service hours must be submitted within one calendar year of completion.

The Registrar’s Office may refuse to accept incomplete forms, unreadable forms, or forms that do not meet criteria for the Graduation Public Service Requirement.

For satisfaction of this requirement, please complete the Public Service Requirement Completion Form and submit on TWEN GPSR and PBD Completion Form.

Transcripts will reflect completion of the public service requirement upon graduation.

The transcripts for the students in the class of 2022 will be noted with the following statement: "30 Hour Public Service Requirement Waived." However, if students submit verification of 30 hours of public service, their transcript will note the completion of the graduation public service requirement.