The students are taking time from their vacation before the semester starts to get in over 2,000 volunteer hours. Organized by the law school’s Pro-Bono Program, the trip allowed 56 students and seven faculty members to work with public interest legal organizations in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and other border towns in Texas. The students have been consulting with immigrants and assisting in drafting petitions for victims of domestic violence launched in 2009. The Pro-Bono Program is a project of the law school’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, it is designed to encourage students to engage in work that will prepare them for the future, they will also conduct field research and extensive interviews of residents to understand the impact of the recent legislation in relation to testaments that in circumstances where they are not done properly or one doesn’t exist, could result in informal transfers of property part of the process includes translating the immigration petitions that are mostly written in Spanish and preparing legal testaments for low income families. The students will remain in the Rio Grande Valley for the rest of the week before returning back to UT-Austin for the spring semester.