BPP Pro Bono Centre
BPP University's Pro Bono projects provide a wide range of legal services without charge through a varied and interesting programme, all delivered by BPP Law School students with guidance from qualified lawyers. Taking part in pro bono gives students the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their legal professionalism and build up experiences that will prepare them for a career in law.
Many students never forget these experiences and deliver pro bono advice throughout their careers.
BPP’s Pro Bono projects have won several awards, including:
- The Lawyer Award for Pro Bono Activity of the year 2005
- Law Works Pro Bono Award for Best Contribution by a Partnership 2009
- The Lawyer Award for Pro Bono Activity of the Year 2009
- Best Team award at the Law Works and Attorney General Student Awards 2011
- Runner up in the Best Team award and the Best New Project award at the Law Works and Attorney General Student Awards 2011
- Andrianna Yianni, Student Director for Legal Translation Service, won the Law Works Pro Bono Award for Best Contribution by an individual 2012
Philosophy and goals
We recognise the inequality and injustice inherent in our society's unmet legal needs. We strive to enhance access to justice by promoting and facilitating the provision of pro bono legal services by law students and lawyers.
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Our diverse range of projects provides students with the opportunity to put their legal knowledge and skills into practice in a way that benefits members of the community who may not otherwise have access to legal services. Pro Bono activities include:
- Human Rights Unit
- Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL)
- Legal Translation
- Legal Advice Clinic
- Intellectual Property
- Regional projects
- School Exclusions Project
Why we encourage our students to participate
We believe that taking part in one of the Pro Bono Centre’s projects can really enhance the student experience. We try to provide pro bono opportunities that match student interests and level of commitment. Students can get a sense of belonging to the community by assisting in local projects and a sense of satisfaction for a job well done, and exposure to areas of life they may have known nothing about.
They will hopefully gain a commitment to pro bono that will last them through their legal careers. They will pick up transferable skills and knowledge and use them to improve legal awareness and access to justice for many. Pro bono work exposes the individual to the problems facing the vulnerable in our society.
If you are a current student, you can go to the Pro Bono tab on the VLE for more information or see our Project page