Creating a Law Firm Pro Bono Policy

The Court Help Pro Bono Program cannot make direct referrals to pro bono attorneys.  Below you will find links to resources and information that may be helpful in obtaining legal assistance.

Court Help Self-Help Law Program

The Self-Help Law Program is an initiative of the Montana Supreme Court that helps people with non-criminal legal problems.

Our goal is to give you the information you need to understand your legal rights and responsibilities, and to help you resolve your legal problems on your own if you cannot afford an attorney or if you choose not to hire one. The Self-Help Law Program cannot give you legal advice or represent you in court. It can only provide you with legal information and direct you to resources that will help you help yourself.

Montana Legal Services Association

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a federally and privately funded program that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income people. Our mission is to protect and enhance the civil legal rights and promote systemic change for, Montanans living in poverty.

MontanaLawHelp.Org has information on civil legal issues.  You can choose a topic and find articles, forms, courts, where to find legal help, and more. also has a LiveHelp feature.

State Law Library of Montana

You can find forms, legal research materials, cases and Montana Statutes (laws) at the Law Library website.

State Bar of Montana

The State Bar of Montana offers a link on their webpage "For the Public".  You can find additional information about the practice of law in Montana as well as links to other resources, including the Attorney Referral Services.

Law Student Handbook 2011-2012, University of Montana School of Law. Includes student groups and committees involved in public interest and pro bono service.

Montana Student Practice Rules (May 1, 1975)

Amendment to Student Practice Rule (August 13, 1991)

A Pro Bono Guide, An Introduction to Pro Bono in a Law Firm Setting. Published by Harvard Law School.

Directory of Law School and Public Interest Pro Bono Programs - American Bar Association.

Sample Cover Letters for internships/externships (pro bono, public interest) - Harvard Law School

Planning Your Public Interest Career - Harvard Law School

Proposed Pro Bono Publico Reporting for Montana State Bar Applicants

The Access to Justice Commission, in its November 26, 2013, filing recommends a statewide pro bono bar service admission rule that establishes an expectation, but not a requirement, that students would complete (50) hours of pro bono service before graduation. The recommended Rule would also establish a mandatory reporting requirement that would apply to all applicants to the Montana state bar, even if they have no hours to report.

The Commission further recommended establishing a signature program at The University of Montana School of Law, pairing Montana attorneys with law students to work on Rule 6.1 pro bono matters that are eligible to be reported as pro bono hours by both the attorney and the student.

The 90 day comment period has ended and the Court will set a date for a public hearing on the matter. Read public comments here.