Why do pro bono?
Pro bono work demonstrates a real passion and commitment to the legal profession while impressing potential legal employers. Your free time has never been better spent.
Whenever you offer your services as part of a pro bono project, you will practice legal skills that complement your studies, experience different areas of law and enhance your understanding of academic theory by giving it a real-world context.
You can also develop important practical skills ranging from presentation and research techniques to client contact – all of which are vital in legal practice.
Doing pro bono is ‘a win-win’. You have the opportunity to not only develop your professional skills, but also to help people who are in need and otherwise would be denied access to legal expertise. It is invaluable to anyone hoping to become a lawyer.
I viewed pro bono work as an investment in society and in my future career. Working on variety of projects from employment law to human trafficking helped me to gain experience in legal research and interfacing with clients, which gave me greater confidence.
Helen Ingram, GDL and LPC graduate, Trainee Solicitor
Pro bono gave me the chance to experience the practical side of the law. My experience in the BPP Legal Advice Clinic (BLAC) emphasised that every problem is unique and that you will always be learning new skills and solutions. I felt more confident and more prepared for life in practice, especially when it came to meeting new clients and summarising complex legal issues.
Josh Platt, LPC graduate
Taking part in a Truancy Pro Bono project, where I represented parents of young people excluded from school, developed my advocacy skills which helped me to obtain pupillage.
Alastair Martey, GDL and BPTC graduate, Family Law Barrister