What Is ProBono?
Pro bono stands for pro bono public Latin word for “for the public good” meaning free legal services. Lawyers offer pro bono service to help people with legal problems and limited or no funds, or provide legal assistance to organisations involved in social causes such as environmental, consumer, minority, youth, battered women and education organisation and charities.
Wes Craven once said, “Take the first job you can in the industry you want to get into. The job does not matter, getting your foot in the door does.” This buttresses the fact that every experience is vital.
You may well know, every lawyer needs to have tangible work experience, however, how well can we get our hands on the most relevant experience?
Pro bono helps to improve skills and knowledge at the same time as moves you closer to your dream job. It involves lawyers and students dedicating their free time to voluntarily help people in need of assistance without expecting commercial returns.
Legally, anyone in the legal profession can setup or be a part of a pro bono group. Pro bono has a wide range of service that can be offered so, depending on what you will like to get involved with there is always an option with pro bono.
Benefits Of Pro Bono
- Pro bono provides an opportunity to learn a new legal skill
- Explore new career paths e.g., housing, immigration, human rights, debt case adviser etc.
- Increase your professional contacts
- Build a relationship with a community member
- Improves your moral and ability to work with a team
These skills are beneficial in one’s future career.