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"Pro Bono" derives from the Latin meaning "for the good". The phrase is used to describe legal work undertaken voluntarily.
Getting involved in pro bono gives students the chance to gain a greater understanding of how the legal system works in practice, something that cannot be gained by merely studying law. As these projects offer a vital service to the community, pro bono work also gives students the chance to give something back to society. Obviously this type of work looks great on your CV. It is a good way to demonstrate key skills that employers look for, such as communication, leadership and team work.
This year, the Law Society has more projects running than ever before, which means we want as many people volunteering as possible. The amount of time and commitment needed varies with each project. However, as many people rely on the services that these projects offer, anybody getting involved must be prepared to honour their obligations throughout the year.
This page will be updated regularly to let you know of any upcoming presentations or new projects. Emails with this information will also be sent to Law Society members. If you would like to receive this information but are not a member, please contact Jane Randell.
Please also contact Jane if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a project. Alternatively you could email the project leaders directly (click on the project link for details).
The centre was set up in 2001 to deal with the many refugees being dispersed to Coventry. The Asylum Team offers practical assistance to those seeking leave to remain, helping individuals understand the process and ensuring that they are getting the support they are entitled to. The centre also offers assistance to those who have been granted refugee status, providing help with accommodation and settling into the community. Students are involved in all of these areas, providing essential support to meet the ever increasing demand for help.
The legal system has a huge impact on everybody's life yet many people know little about the issues that can directly affect them. This project enables students to go in to local schools to discuss areas of law that may be of relevance to the pupils, with the aim of demystifying the process. The classes are interactive and encourage critical thinking of the topics discussed.
This organisation provides support for those who have recently become victims of crime. The volunteers make house calls to provide practical and emotional support to help individuals cope with traumatic events. Volunteers are offered extensive training to assist victims at this crucial time, with students gaining a greater understanding of the criminal legal system.
This project has been set up in a deprived area of Coventry to offer legal assistance to the community. The centre has only one permanent staff member and therefore relies entirely on Warwick students to provide support.
This is a new project for September and different from many legal advice centres. It provides education and information to the local community on legal issues so that individuals have the knowledge to avoid legal problems occurring rather than waiting for a problem to arise before taking action. Students will give talks in community centres, produce leaflets and distribute posters to ensure people are getting the most out of the legal system.
This is another new initiative designed to help those who have been victims of miscarriages of justice. Students, working closely with lecturers and solicitors, will research into the evidence or law regarding a specific individual's case with the aim of getting the case re heard. Several high profile miscarriages of justice have recently been brought to the public's attention and demonstrate how crucial legal support is for those individuals wrongly imprisoned.
If you would like to apply for the project, you will need to fill in an application form. This can be found here. It will need to be completed and returned to Andrew Williams by email by the 24th November 2006.
To find out more information about some upcoming projects please click here.
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