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Pro Bono

8.3 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"This year we have been making huge improvements in our pro bono commitments in London and Europe. In the US the firm is very active in pro bono. I have worked on a project related to charity registrations in the UK."
Second year trainee, London
"I've been involved in at least four pro bono projects during my time, and the commitment to them is increasing with a greater EU focus and more opportunities available."
Second year trainee, London
"I worked with a team that advised the World Bank and worked with a team that produced a memo for PILPG (Public International Law & Policy Group)."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono is a huge part of the life of a trainee at Shearman. The projects that we do as junior lawyers allow us to have more ownership of the work and develop important skills."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm may be developing a pro bono minimum target for each employee in the near future. We are also given plenty of input into the annual charities and the firm has a strong pro bono board which arranges the UK pro bono activities."
First year trainee, London
"We are involved in several pro bono and community initiatives. I help with various programmes with a partner school to read with children and teach them about financial literacy. We also have a partnership with a charity every year and do fundraising. I have also had several opportunities to do legal pro bono."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very strong at pro bono in terms of both legal and non-legal work. For instance, a group goes to a local school weekly to try and encourage them to read regularly."
First year trainee, London
"The firm offers a number of ongoing pro bono programmes. I am involved with two - one to help pupils with their reading and one to teach them about basic finance. There are also a number of pro bono projects that you can be involved in relating to areas like international criminal law."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Commitment to pro bono is improving - I have worked on various community initiatives, (BEE at a local primary school; Walworth Academy Sixth Form mentoring), and two interesting pro bono projects, (including one with the Centre for Reproductive Rights)."
Second year trainee, London
"We run law clinics where residents of Hackney can come in and ask us about any legal issues they may have (employment, housing, social care, etc). We have a close relationship with two schools in Hackney and we run sessions with them regularly, some at the school, and some in the office."
First year trainee, London
"Emphasis on pro bono is increasing. I have done some really interesting pro bono work which was a great opportunity to take on a lot more responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"I currently participate in the reading partners scheme (helping young students learn to read) and the financial literacy scheme (teaching business, enterprise and employability in schools). I am also taking part of a pro bono project in relation to public international law, which involves legal research and drafting a memo for the client."
First year trainee, London
"We have lots of community projects in the London office, such as reading schemes with local primary schools and legal clinics with people from the local community. There are also lots of firm-wide pro bono initiatives you can get involved in as and when they are available, such as creating comic books on mediation to be sent to Cuba, or writing comparative legal memos on international legal issues."
Second year trainee, London
"Plenty of initiatives on offer, including school pupil mentoring, reading schemes, legal clinics, charity events. I have got involved in events such as drafting constitutional advice for Syria and providing introductory sessions to young school pupils, to introduce them to the concept of the City."
First year trainee, London

2013

"LWOB (Lawyers without borders) - writing a comic book to explain mediation to Cubans."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes it's difficult to do pro bono given the hours."
First year trainee, London
"Really good for pro bono work. I have been involved in a variety of schemes from helping with a reading scheme at a local primary school to mentoring a sixth form student and writing a graphic novel about mediation in Cuba."
First year trainee, London
"Massively encouraged to work on pro bono as a trainee - there are three main causes in the London office and it is expected that you will contribute to at least one of these, if not more. If you have pro bono ideas the firm is happy to listen to them and put them into practice. The international pro bono is offered to everyone worldwide and so many trainees have worked on projects in the Middle East and Africa."
First year trainee, London
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