Pro bono is the provision of legal advice without expectation of payment. The term comes from the Latin phrase pro bono publico, meaning ‘for the public good’, ie. that legal knowledge helps not just the individuals and groups that obtain the knowledge, but also helps improve society itself.
Winner of a National Pro bono prize, the School of Law and Social Sciences pro bono scheme was set up by two students in 2001 to harness students’ skills for the benefit of the community. Pro bono provides a valuable introduction to the world of legal practice and involvement in pro bono work is highly valued by employers.