What is Pro-bono?
Pro-bono is the shortened Latin term for ‘pro-bono publico’, meaning ‘for the public good’. Lawyers and law students therefore give up their time on a voluntary basis for people needing legal assistance but who may not be in the position to obtain the necessary support.
However, not all pro-bono groups are directed towards those seeking legal advice. For example, the Street Law project that I was involved in targeted school children from the age of 8-16, attempting to give insight into the law with the aim of raising aspirations as well as increasing knowledge about the law in broader terms.
So, pro-bono projects differ greatly with regards to what they can offer to both the volunteer and those that can benefit from the project. There is definitely something available for everyone if you wish to get involved with pro-bono, or perhaps even set up your own group.
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