About the Society
Pro Bono is a shortened Latin phrase which means ‘for the public, or common good’. We act for the common good of the local community, and strive to support every individual possible.
Our society is led by the Pro Bono Committee which is made up of Project Directors and an executive team, assisted by Laura Bee (a qualified solicitor). We work closely with local firms and legal professionals in Leicester with the core aim of providing legal support to the staff and students at the University, the local community and even at both a national and international level.
Our breadth of projects mean we are able to provide members with a range of rewarding opportunities from meaningful case research to clinical legal skills and public speaking. Additionally, we run professional events throughout the academic year and host our own Pro Bono week to coincide with National Pro Bono Week.
We are a society that aims high and constantly looks at ways to improve our services. The society’s twelve projects are diverse as some are local and others are on a global scale. Our local projects: Legal Advice Clinic, Project Light, Insight Project, Litigants in Person, Windrush Compensation Project, Climate Crisis, and Street Law look to aid the local community. This includes offering free legal advice, aiding the local homeless community, educating young people about a career in law and working at the county court. The global scale projects: Lawyers Without Borders - Student Division, Immigration and Asylum, Miscarriages of Justice, Global Justice and Forensic Science, and Amicus all look to make a global impact on human rights issues through conducting valuable legal research and holding events (workshops, debates and open discussions) that aim to raise awareness.
Our growing success has been demonstrated throughout the years. Our society was shortlisted for 'Best Pro Bono Activities' at the Student Law Society Awards 2021 and 'Best Contribution by a Law School’ at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2019. We were also recognised at our Student Group Awards in 2020 by being nominated for four awards. We won ‘The Volunteering Project of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community’ awards which was a fantastic achievement and recognition of the hard work and dedication of our members.