It’s tax season, and many people are working with tax preparers. But some preparers are giving away their services for free to elderly or low income clients. They’re tax law students in the Pro Bono program at the University of South Carolina School of Law. The Pro Bono program provides volunteer services to many causes year round: clerks for pro bono lawyers, research, wills and other areas of the law.
Student Robbin Wilder says the program teaches her valuable skills working side-by-side with lawyers, and keeps her humble and grounded. She and fellow student Reed Swearingen plan to keep doing pro bono work after they become lawyers, which program Director Pam Robinson says is part of the point – to help make a difference in people’s lives by giving back.