What is Pro Bono?
The phrase pro bono comes from the Latin term pro bono publico, which means 'for the public good'. Today, pro bono refers to a very broad range of legal work that is performed voluntarily and free of charge for the benefit of society.
Pro bono work is not a replacement for a properly funded legal aid system, but is a complementary service for those who may fall outside the legal aid system without funds to pay for legal help.
By doing pro bono work, lawyers and students alike not only give something back to the community, but develop their legal skills and knowledge about various areas of the law. Pro bono work provided can range from drafting letters to representation at court.
As students, it is crucial for us to recognize this gap in the legal system and take steps to contribute to pro bono activities, for example by aiding lawyers and organizations engaged in pro bono work. Our small steps, together, may make a world of a difference for many in society.
- LLB Pro Bono Officer
What is the Pro Bono website?
The purpose of this site is to provide information for LSE students interested in taking part in pro bono activities during their studies. It explains who to contact if you are an LSE student and would like to find out more information about pro bono. It also outlines some of the pro bono activities that LSE students have been involved in and have set up themselves in previous years.
The site also provides some information for non-Law LSE students who may be interested in getting involved in pro bono work, for example as a way of finding out more about a legal career.
Because of the very broad range of work undertaken under the pro bono banner, there are also links on this site to the LSE Volunteer Centre; some opportunities on their site may be of interest to those seeking pro bono experience.