Getting Involved in Pro Bono at Birmingham

The Pro Bono Group offers students insights into an array of legal practice areas and also provides a valuable service to the local community.

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Why get involved?

There are a number of reasons why you should consider getting involved with Pro Bono activity as a law student:

  • Help the community by assisting us to resolve all kinds of legal issues and problems.
  • Give something back and use your skills to really make a difference to people's lives.
  • Gain experience relevant to your desired career and help realise your goals.
  • Increase your employability by developing as a lawyer and a person.
  • Hone your practical skills by gaining real face-face client contact, interviewing, research and drafting skills.
  • Demonstrate your commitment, flexibility, team-work and ability to take on an active decision-making role.
  • Prove yourself and develop your confidence.
  • Work closely with legal practitioners and expand your professional network.

The process

To become a member of the Birmingham Pro Bono Group, students take part in a competitive application process in the preceding academic year. Recruitment takes place towards the end of the first semester and prospective members submit a detailed application form which assesses their suitability and motivation to assist as either volunteers or committee members for the following academic year. There are over 190 student members in the 2016-17 Pro Bono Group.

If you would like to know more, contact Linden Thomas, Solicitor and Director of Pro Bono: