I was at the House of Commons yesterday (30 March) where the Attorney General Dominic Grieve was handing out gongs to students for their amazing contribution to pro bono.
As one of the judges for the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards I was in the privileged position of being able to go through all the entries. And once again the quality of the submissions was fantastic making it almost impossible for the judging panel to pick the winners.
Indeed, what struck me is how far student pro bono has come since the days I was a law student when there were very few opportunities to get involved in an activity that not only benefits someone who simply cannot afford access to justice but also looks great on your CV. What’s more it is arguably one of the best ways to hone your lawyering skills.
I would therefore like to personally congratulate everyone who entered, especially the winners and runners-up (click here for a full list).
No doubt many of you will be reeling after missing out on a summer vacation scheme and wondering what other activity you can do in its place – well that’s simple – why not get involved in pro bono work. Because let’s face it under what other circumstance would you get so much client contact and hands on experience of interviewing, drafting and negotiating at such an early stage in your legal career?