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Pro Bono

8.8 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2016)

2016

"On a weekly basis there are at least three emails sent about pro bono opportunities, whether they are legal related or otherwise. I have completed a few pieces of pro bono work for AMREF (our global charity). Additionally, I have taken part in interview preparation events with local sixth form students."
First year trainee, London
"I completed over 250 hours in my first year ranging from research, drafting a charities employment contract and writing an NGO legal report to advising at clinics and working with disadvantaged students."
Second year trainee, London
"A&O is very committed to ensuring its employees complete pro bono work and there are annual hours targets to this effect."
First year trainee, London
"There's always something going on. I worked on a representation to the African Commission."
First year trainee, London
"I've done stacks of pro bono work of a huge variety, from the local (legal advice centre just up the road) to the global (research for submissions on an African human rights case). The firm takes this extremely seriously. Everyone is expected to do at least some pro bono. It will look odd if you don't."
Second year trainee, London
"We have two dedicated legal advice centres per week and trainees are encouraged by HR and their trainers to undertake pro bono work wherever possible. Support for pro bono work is very good and the firm is committed to providing the same quality of work for pro bono as it does to its paying clients."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very keen to push the pro bono agenda and wider community engagement. Advising at free legal-advice clinics and working with disadvantaged students are hugely rewarding activities for trainee lawyers."
First year trainee, London
"Smartstart is the flagship project. Over 70 students aged 17 from non-privileged backgrounds come to the offices for a week and take part in a wide range of activities. The advice that trainees provide at free legal-advice clinics is very valuable and rewarding."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There is a wonderful Pro Bono scheme with lots of opportunities. I have been able to get involved with lots including advising at evening law clinics, writing the employment contract for a charity, writing letters for Liberty, mentoring a sixth form student, facilitating workshops with talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, working with young carers currently at university, researching for court cases on child trafficking and working with our charity partnership with Amref."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of pro bono projects around. A&O's commitment to law centres is good as is the firm's fund raising and human rights related activity."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is involved in a very large number of pro bono projects. I've assisted with free legal advice clinics, deportation case reviews and also assisted a company acquire charitable status."
Second year trainee, London
"Pro bono is taken really seriously here. We have a lot of long term commitments to giving free legal advice and getting involved in community projects. I do advice clinics and outreach to local school children."
First year trainee, London
"I have volunteered in legal advice clinics and helped research and draft a guide on Human Rights Law in the EU. There are many opportunities in the firm and pro bono work is strongly encouraged."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is always encouraging pro bono and there are plenty of opportunities to do many different types to fit people individual schedules."
Second year trainee, London
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