Pro Bono Publico means for the ‘good of the public’. Legal pro bono work involves providing free legal assistance to members of the public who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Students in the School of Law are actively involved in serving the local community in this way – and developing their legal skills in the process.
There are two ways of getting involved:
- the Legal Advice Centre or
- the Student Pro Bono Group
About the Legal Advice Centre
The award winning Legal Advice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London was officially opened in 2006 by its Patron, Lord Goldsmith QC. Since its creation, over 1000 clients have been advised in areas of law such as employment, consumer, property, defamation, personal injury, medical negligence, intellectual property, contract and human rights. In 2008 and 2010, the Legal Advice Centre won the Attorney General's Pro Bono Award and has been a finalist in the 2008 Law Society Excellence Awards, the 2011 Times Higher Awards for Leadership and Management and the 2011 Lawyer Awards.
The Centre provides our undergraduate law students with the opportunity to place law into a practical legal context under the supervision of volunteer lawyers. Lawyers from Allen & Overy, Field Fisher Waterhouse Mishcon de Reya, Nabas Legal and Reed Smith work closely with our students, providing guidance and supervision, as well as training and careers advice.