Volunteer Attorney Information

Eligibility to Volunteer

You must be licensed in Wisconsin and in good standing to participate. There are two concessions to the general rule:
1) A special exception for registered in-house lawyers per SCR 10.03(4)(f).
2) A special practice status per SCR 10.03(3)(am) which allows lawyers in inactive and emeritus status to do pro bono work for qualified pro bono programs if they go through a certification process. The first step to take advantage of this special practice status is to complete this certification form with the State Bar of Wisconsin.


Training is required for all attorneys who volunteer with the MVLC. We recommend attorneys repeat the training every two years. The training covers the rules of professional responsibility governing limited scope representation and the policies and procedures of the clinics. Completion of the training entitles volunteers to professional liability coverage through Marquette University for work with the MVLC.
To receive one ethics CLE credit for training, attend a live version of the training (look for the volunteer training session offered as part of our annual Brown Bag CLE series).
To join the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics before the next live training session, watch the most recently recorded training session, available on this training page. (If the link to the training page will not open, copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://law.marquette.edu/assets/community/pdf/mvlc-training-materials.pdf). To move forward with the scheduling process, complete the attendance form linked on the training page. Viewing a recorded training session is not eligible for CLE credit. 

Earn CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service

Under Chapter 31 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, attorneys may claim one general CLE hour for every five hours of pro bono legal services provided in a qualified pro bono program which includes all Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics.  Attorneys may claim up to six hours of pro bono CLE credits per reporting period.  All reporting is done through the regular CLE reporting process at the Board of Bar Examiners.  Volunteers can find their pro bono history with the MVLC in their pro bono account.  See the FAQs below for more information.

If you have any questions, read the MVLC Attorney FAQs or contact us.