Lawyers are often accused of being selfish money grabbers who only care about making a quick buck from their clients.
Thankfully, not all lawyers are like that. For those of you who don’t already know National Pro Bono Week kicked off on Monday (9 November) and lawyers up and down the country have been using their legal skills for the good of the public.
Indeed, what’s really encouraging is pro bono work is flourishing despite the economic downturn. For instance, there has been a 10 per cent increase in UK staff participating in pro bono activity at Berwin Leighton Paisner and a similar rise at Denton Wilde Sapte. Meanwhile, a 23 per cent jump in the number of pro bono hours was recorded at Linklaters’ London office (see full article).
It is, however, not necessary to wait until you start practising before you can participate in pro bono work. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved both during your undergraduate studies and Legal Practice Course year. In fact, pro bono work is a must have for any aspiring lawyer’s CV.
If you’re interested in finding out more about pro bono check out of feature – Good for Nothing – which explains why pro bono work is by far the best way to hone your lawyering skills and make a valuable contribution to society.