Lawyers are often accused of being selfish money grabbers who only care about making a quick buck from their clients.
Thankfully, not all lawyers are like that. For those of you who don’t already know National Pro Bono Week kicks-off next Monday (8 November) and lawyers up and down the country will be using their legal skills for the good of the public.
But it’s not just qualified lawyers getting involved – law schools are also doing their part. BPP Law School students, for instance, will be giving a presentation on ‘Stop and Search’ at London’s Pentonville Prison while some of their counterparts at the College of Law are planning to serve breakfast at the Dellow Day Centre in East London for homeless people.
As well as helping those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal advice participating in pro bono or community work is a great way to give your CV a boost and is arguably one of the best ways to hone your lawyering skills.
Incidentally, if you or your law school is involved in a groundbreaking or unusual pro bono or community project then why not have a go at writing a feature about it for Lawyer 2B as you could be in with a chance of winning a free place at BPP (read more)?
Away from pro bono law firm graduate recruitment teams are still on the road attending university law fairs and/or running careers events. We’ve therefore asked Victoria Wisson of Linklaters to write a blog of her travels. Die hard readers of Lawyer 2B may remember that Victoria used to work at CMS Cameron McKenna and wrote a similar offering, which included tales of booking a room in a hotel that hadn’t even been built. Thankfully, this year’s events seem to be running more smoothly (read more).