Law school take-up of pro bono work reaches fifty-three per cent

MORE than half the nations law schools are now involved in pro bono work, new research has revealed.

A survey conducted by LawWorks (formerly known as the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), shows that 53 per cent of UK law schools now run pro bono projects.

A further 12 per cent of schools are due to launch pro bono groups at the start of the 2007 academic year, the survey showed, while another 8 per cent said they are considering starting a project.

LawWorks chief executive Robert Gill said: Increased law school pro bono work has a benefit not just for the public, but also for the young people doing it and for the firms that later employ them.

Young people gain incredible experience when they do pro bono work, which is a perfect example of reallife learning: law schools can try and set up all sorts of simulations, but helping real people doesnt half help sharpen the mind.

The survey revealed a significant increase in law school pro bono activity in recent years. If the 8 per cent of law schools due to start being involved in pro bono work next year are included in the total, the number of law schools doing pro bono has leapt by almost half since the last LawWorks survey in 2003, rising from 43 to 61 per cent.

The LawWorks survey was funded by DLA Piper and overseen by volunteer Richard Grimes, former head of pro bono at the College of Law.