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Pro Bono Week 2023 – grab your chance to be on the Student Council

An exciting opportunity for law students!

Pro Bono Week returns 6th to 10th November 2023, and organisers are looking for undergraduate and postgraduate law students from all UK institutions to join Pro Bono Week’s Student Council for 2023.

Pro Bono Week is an opportunity to celebrate and discuss the important contribution that the legal profession makes in providing free legal help to those in need. It involves events at legal societies, law firms, chambers, corporations, law schools and Parliament. For more information including the 2023 themes visit probonoweek.org.uk

Members of the Council act as Rapporteurs for online or in-person events, meeting the participants and taking notes of the discussions. This is an important role to ensure that the discussions are recorded, enabling a report to be compiled on the state of and challenges seen in the pro bono sector. See last year’s report which credits last year’s students.

The Council will be invited to join a planning meeting by Zoom in October, and then to attend one or two Pro Bono Week events in November.

In addition to acting as Rapporteurs, Student Council members are welcome to organise student-led events at their institution (if so, they would normally liaise with their institution’s pro bono coordinator or relevant staff member).

If this exciting role appeals, please note the deadline is Monday 9 October at 5.30pm. Applicants should email a paragraph explaining why they would like to join the Council to Laura Cassidy Laura@probonoweek.org.uk with subject line: “Student Pro Bono Week Council”, copied to their institution’s pro bono coordinator (at City this is Sally Gill and Ian Shaw). Thank you!

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