National Pro Bono Week kicked off today (8 November) and is once again jam packed with events to highlight the work done by solicitors, barristers and legal executives to help those less fortunate than them.
The week will be topped off with the LawWorks Student Conference, which will be hosted by the College of Law (CoL) in Birmingham on Saturday (13 November), with delegates drawn from over 40 different undergraduate and postgraduate law schools.
Martin Curtis, project manager for students and law schools at LawWorks, said: “The day will encourage the exchange of ideas and facilitate networking between students and law school staff so hopefully everyone will leave with at least one new idea and the enthusiasm to carry it through.”
The national gathering will be launched with an address from LawWorks President and pro bono firebrand, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, which will be followed by workshops on student pro bono activities such as the Innocence Project and Streetlaw.
Meanwhile, throughout the week BPP Law School will be collaborating with City Law firms on a range of activities from shadowing projects at Brent Citizen’s Advice Bureau with Clyde & Co to assisting with legal advice clinics with Simmons & Simmons and Norton Rose.
Additionally, as part of BPP’s Streetlaw Prisons Project, students will be giving presentations on ‘immigration’ and ‘stop and search’ at Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville prisons.
Elsewhere, CoL students are donning on their aprons to serve breakfast at the Dellow Day Centre for homeless people in London’s east end, as part of their induction for the centre’s legal advice clinic in partnership with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Reed Smith.
The CoL is also planning a mock grievous bodily harm court trial at Thomas Tallis School in Blackheath as part of its Streetlaw programme with GDL students coaching A-level law students to act out different roles.
Kaplan Law School, meanwhile, will be running its legal advice centre and is re-launching the Thames Magistrates’ Court advocacy scheme, which provides students with the opportunity to assist clients who have been charged with failure to pay their council tax.