The Heart of the Law
The Heart of the Law (HaLev BaMishpat) is a nation-wide volunteer initiative to provide legal assistance to financially-disadvantaged individuals who cannot afford legal service. The program, which was first initiated and operated by TAU Law students, has grown to become the largest pro-bono legal service provider in the country. The program was awarded numerous prizes, including the Israel Presidential Prize for Volunteerism (Hebrew) in 2002.
Since its establishment in 1994, several hundreds of TAU Law students have taken part in the Heart of the Law program. Volunteers in this program are second-year law students and professional lawyers, who offer free services in various legal fields and procedures, such as representing individuals in civil suits, executing court orders, assisting individuals in social security claims, and other financial issues, assisting employees in filing suits against their employers, supporting individuals with mental illnesses in the legal process, and more. Approximately 50 students volunteer in the program each year.