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Pro bono work is a key offering of many firms, but law students are encouraged to use their legal knowhow too.

Participating in pro bono work is an unrivalled way to enhance your legal skills. What is more, you can help society at the same time. And the good news is that more universities than ever now offer pro bono opportunities.

Lawyer 2B went to visit a couple of ambitious students who have taken the initiative and set up their own groups and found out what you need to know if you want to do the same.

In October Londons Queen Mary University launched a legal advice centre the first-ever undergraduate-run law centre in the capital.

Run with supervision from solicitors firms Field Fisher Waterhouse, Reed Smith and Richards Butler, the centre gives advice on housing law (although
not housing benefits), employment law, consumer law and compensation. It has also offered tax law advice and dabbles in torts, says 38-year-old centre manager Julie Pinborough.

We only advertise those four main areas, but if something such as tax comes up and we can get a lawyer to help, then well probably do it anyway, says Pinborough.

Pinborough graduated from Queen Mary last year and was a founder membe