Students have delivered over 14,000 hours of pro bono legal work this year
Over 720 students have signed up the Pro Bono Network in 2019
Staff and students at Manchester Law School are celebrating National Pro Bono Week with a range of activities showcasing the success of the School’s Pro Bono Network.
Over 720 students have signed up the Network in 2019, with 222 currently participating in pro bono projects in the community. In the 14,000 hours of work undertaken in these projects, students have won back over £270,000 for clients, and provided support for many who would otherwise had to deal with, often difficult, legal processes alone.
Led by the National Pro Bono Centre, Pro Bono Week takes place from 4 to 8 November 2019. Returning for its 18th year, the week provides an opportunity to encourage and recognise the voluntary contribution of lawyers in giving free legal help to those in need.
Emma Goodwin, Pro Bono Director at Manchester Law School, said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of our Pro Bono Network and inspire more students to volunteer their time to pro bono volunteering.
“Pro bono is an essential service that provides professional skills to those in need but who are often unable to afford or access them. Our students use their knowledge and training to provide legal services to help members of the community whilst enhancing their skills and experience.”
Throughout the week, students will be able to find out more about volunteering at a pop-up stand in the Law School atrium. There will also be a photo booth where students will be in with a chance to win an Amazon voucher by answering the question “why is pro bono good for you?”.
The Law School will also be hosting its free Legal Clinic Business Law Café on Wednesday, November 6. The event is a chance for start-up businesses, social enterprises, charities, entrepreneurs and small businesses to find out more about free legal support and information.
This free service is provided by Manchester Law School students, under the supervision of commercial lawyers from Addleshaw Goddard, and a limited number of appointments are available to book in advance.