Develop your legal skills and knowledge
Organisations who provide pro bono often need more volunteers. Through pro bono work you can give something back to your community and develop your legal skills and knowledge.
LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group) operates in England and Wales, working alongside the solicitors’ profession and our members, the Law Society, law schools and law students, law centres, advice agencies and others to develop and support pro bono legal services, and to promote access to justice for all.
Work includes promoting and supporting pro bono within the solicitors’ profession and in law schools, connecting those needing pro bono legal services with the pro bono volunteers and assistance they need, and advocating for policy change and the goal of access to justice for all. There are around 240 clinics in the network and last year almost 40,000 vulnerable individuals received free legal advice from over 9,000 volunteers.
Pro Bono UK Booklet
Click to view the Pro Bono UK booklet which contains details of the following organisations as well as those listed here.
Innocence Network (UK)
Advocates for International Development (A4ID)
National Clearing Houses
More than 70% of law schools in England and Wales have pro bono programmes. Many of them involve clinical legal education, enabling students to learn about the law while responding to real legal needs under supervision from qualified volunteer lawyer.
Support (depending on individual institution)
- Legal advice clinics
- Innocence projects
- Provision of information about legal rights and responsibilities through active Streetlaw presentations.
- Telephone help lines
- Tribunal and court representation.
- Find out which pro bono services are offered by individual law schools using the searchable database at the website below.
PERSONAL SUPPORT UNIT (PSU)
- Practical and emotional support for people without representation in civil and family court proceedings in court and court offices.
- Signposting to relevant agencies and resources online.
- PSU offices in major court centres in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester – planning begun for Leeds and Bristol in 2013.
- Legal advice or representation.
- Instant access at offices normally available, but prefer appointment in advance by telephone or email.
See website for telephone, address and email details for individual offices.
Four virtual clinics are to be developed and piloted with the Birmingham PSU. This is where volunteer lawyers are available to respond in real time to questions submitted by service users in collaboration with a front line advice agency during a pre-agreed period. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com rs.