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Pro Bono

8.1 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Almost everyone has a '20 hours plus' sticker on the door."
First year trainee, London
"All lawyers (and trainees) are expected to get a minimum of 20 pro bono hours per year."
Second year trainee, London
"Orrick is very committed to pro bono and, as trainees, we are encouraged to take on pro bono work."
First year trainee, London
"There is a global focus on pro bono across the firm. There are firm-wide pro bono projects that everyone is welcome to get involved in, as well as subject area (intellectual property for example) focused projects. As trainees, you can get involved with these and it's a great chance to take charge of a project with supervision and to develop skills."
Second year trainee, London
"I am working on a pro bono project at the moment with an associate where I am undertaking research. There's a real push for everyone to get 20 or more pro bono hours a year and most people do."
First year trainee, London
"Each lawyer is encouraged to bill 20 hours of pro bono a year and there's recognition in the form of bonuses for pro bono involvement."
First year trainee, London
"The firm undertakes many pro bono projects but whether you get involved as a trainee or not depends on the pro bono demand in the department when you are in it. I've been involved in some charity work where I helped to run workshops for disadvantaged young people."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I have worked on pro bono litigation matters that have allowed me to really take ownership of a file. The firm also has a large number of pro bono clients that do not require specific legal work and so I have been able to participate in academic research for a number of internationally recognised institutions."
Second year trainee, London
"We receive many emails from offices around the world in relation to pro bono work to get involved with and people are rewarded once they have completed more than 20 hours pro bono work. Unfortunately I have not been able to work on any pro bono projects yet as I have not been here very long but it is something I look forward to doing in the near future."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a very good pro bono programme. In the short time that I have been with the firm I have worked on a literature review project in connection with a university and have signed up to work on a research project for a charity."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono work is actively encouraged. It is factored into bonus eligibility and treated as chargeable work. Plenty of opportunity to do pro bono work, which is generally high quality."
Second year trainee, London
"As a first seater, I am already working on my first pro bono project, whereby I am using my knowledge in the corporate seat to assist a French charity incorporate within the UK."
First year trainee, London
"The firm aims for all lawyers to do a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono per year, this is very much US led and isn't required from all lawyers in the European offices but the opportunities are there if you want to take them. I have worked on litigation matters for two London based charities, a property matter for a church and an employment matter for an international charity."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm sends regular emails with details of the available pro bono work. First seat trainees are encouraged to get into the swing of work first so I haven't taken part yet, but I know that all of the second year trainees have done some."
First year trainee, London
"I have not yet taken part, but we receive emails every week from Orrick with interesting projects."
First year trainee, London
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