LawWorks reports huge jump in student pro bono

Record levels of students are delivering pro bono services to the public, according to the latest LawWorks Student Pro Bono Report.

The research reveals that more than 65 per cent of all law schools in England and Wales are engaged in some sort of pro bono activity indicating a whopping 40 per cent jump since research was last conducted in 2006.

LawWorks chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said: “The extent of activity is particularly impressive in light of the complete absence of available funding in nearly a third of the relevant academic institutions,”

“The results are a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of students, law school staff and pro bono partners.”

A total of 111 law schools were surveyed, with 91 per cent of the responses indicating they offer pro bono activities to their students.

The report also signifies a hike in the level of support by solicitors for student pro bono activities.

The news arrives following the winners being announced for the Attorney-General pro bono awards, with the University of Kent scooping top prize for its law clinic and Alasdair Stewart from Strathclyde University taking the trophy for ‘Best Contribution by a Student’ (read more).