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 University 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.
The Centre's projects have been shortlisted for and won several awards including most recently:
- Best Contribution by a Team of Students at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2011 for Streetlaw Homeless
- Best Contribution by an Individual Student at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2012 for Andrianna Yianni's work on the Legal Translation Service
- Runner up for Best Contribution by an Individual Student at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2013 for Alexandra Queffurus' work on Streetlaw Prisons
- Winner of Pro Bono Team of the Year at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013 and Best Pro Bono Partnership at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2013 for our Dalston Pop Up Shop in partnership with Hackney Community Law Centre, Debevoise & Plimpton and Faegre Baker Daniel
- Runner up for Best Contribution by an Individual Student at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2014 for Dale Timson's work on Tribunal Friends and the Legal Advice Clinic
- Our Leeds Law School was winner of Best Contribution by a Regional Firm/Organisation with Eversheds at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2014
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.
Read more about our philosophy and goals
Our diverse range of projects provide 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
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, as well as 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, career-ready skills and 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