Nottingham Law School National Pro Bono Week 2017 Celeb...

Nottingham Law School National Pro Bono Week 2017 Celebrations

LAC open day

As part of National Pro Bono Week 2017, Nottingham Trent University’s LEX Student Law Society and the Legal Advice Centre hosted an open day for all Nottingham Law School students.

What is National Pro Bono Week?

Established in 2001, National Pro Bono Week is a week in November where a series of events take place nationwide to celebrate the free voluntary legal services offered to the public.

The week celebrates the impact of pro bono on people, who would not have been able to afford legal advice or representation. The aim of National Pro Bono Week, along with celebrating the work of current pro bono services, is to publicise the work of pro bono and encourage more people to get involved and improve the understanding of what pro bono really is.

Therefore, what better way to celebrate National Pro Bono Week in 2017 than to host an open day event at the Centre!

The aim of the event was to encourage Nottingham Law School Students to get involved with the many pro bono projects offered at the Centre and for current students to gain an understanding of what it is.

The event took place over several hours, where members of the LEX Student Law Society, current student volunteers and Centre staff, gave attendees a real insight into the Centre and how to get involved.

The event was well attended and many questions were asked about the various pro bono projects offered at the Centre. There was talks and tours given by students and staff on the day. The Nottingham Law School Employability team also provided students with CV and Cover Letter advice. We recommend that if you have applied for the Centre before and have been unsuccessful, you should contact the Employability Team for guidance and advice before you apply again.

If you did not manage to make the event, the Centre is ‘a law firm within a law school’ and offers a wide range of pro bono projects including:

  • Outreach Advice Project
  • Miscarriage of Justice Project
  • Free Representation Unit and the Personal Support Unit… just to name a few.

The Centre has also recently been involved with the LawWorks Pro Bono Conference in Manchester, as part of National Pro Bono Week. The Centre Director, Nick Johnson was on the panel discussing new frontiers for student law clinics. Two members of our Student Pro Bono Committee also attended.

The Centre has also signed the Law Society Pro Bono Charter. By signing the Charter, we have become the first University-based signatory. Becoming a signatory to the Charter represents the Legal Advice Centre’s commitment to improving access to justice for individuals and organisations across Nottinghamshire and beyond.

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