**Current City, University of London students please buy STANDARD membership. Associate membership is for other university students and alumni.**
WHAT IS PRO BONO
Deriving from the Latin phrase "for the public good", the Oxford English Dictionary definition of ‘Pro Bono’ is “denoting work undertaken without charge, especially legal work for a client with a low income.” However, since 2016, here at City Pro Bono Society it means so much more than that. It’s not only the chance for one community to help another but also for us to empower, support and inspire the growth of our members whilst they increase their skill set in serving the community.
We strive to enrich the learning experience of all our members by providing the opportunity to participate in a range of invaluable Pro Bono volunteer work which includes opportunities in assisting death-row inmates through AMICUS, aiding refugee and asylum seekers via AMNESTY, promoting Environmental Law and working on current Civil Liberties projects with Freedom Law Clinic. Aside from our dedication to provide volunteer opportunities, we also strive to create a friendly social environment where members can connect with one another and make impactful relationships, upholding the core values of our society and the meaning of ‘Pro Bono’.
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WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN OUR SOCIETY?
As well as leading the way socially, we provide you with a host of professional opportunities, from connecting you to pro bono work within City University to volunteering in organizations externally. We host workshops, seminars, and conferences and keep you up to date with our Facebook and instagram page providing a wide range of ways to help you get involved, get experience and get employed.
WHAT TO EXPECT!
We're all about giving back. That includes to the community, to individuals and to you as members. We've teamed up with some big organizations and enjoy a significant budget to spend on our social and professional events. We are working hard to plan exciting social events for our members and preparing professional virtual events. Our aim is to host exciting social events and the best professional events to help you become more employable and make your legal-career that much more attainable.
To see all of our planned upcoming events for the year visit our...
Facebook Page www.facebook.com/cityprobono
City Pro Bono Gazette!
Issue 2 - December 2021
Issue 1 - July 2021
Volunteering with City Volunteer
Volunteering with City Volunteering is about more than just "doing good"
Locate: Locate skill building opportunities to help you move close towards your career goals
Track: Track your impact and keep detailed reflective notes to enhance your CV and interviews
Connect: Connect with companies that value your skills and experience to find the career that's right for you
Volunteering with Citizens Advice
Volunteering opportunities with local Citizens Advice include giving information and advice to clients, fundraising, admin, media, trusteeship and more. Our volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds and help with everything we do: fundraising, IT, administration, research and campaigning, trusteeship - and, of course, giving advice. Volunteering opportunities and role titles differ across local offices.
Volunteering with Toynbee Hall
Toynbee Hall was founded on the principles of volunteering, and we have been proudly placing volunteers at the heart of our work for over 130 years. All of our frontline services rely on volunteers – we really could not provide access to support and advice services without them.
Volunteering with Support Through Court
Our charity’s incredible service is only possible because of the time, dedication and varied experience of life that volunteers bring to bear when helping our clients. Attending court alone is daunting. Those we support are usually unable to access any formal legal help, yet need to be able to present their own case clearly and without emotion – often facing professional barristers in court. At a time of great stress, this can seem an insurmountable task. Our volunteers provide both reassurance and guidance, so that our clients have the very best chance of engaging with the courts in a dignified away.
Work with National Centre for Domestic Violence
The National Centre for Domestic Violence helps survivors of domestic abuse and violence by obtaining emergency civil injunctions for them. We provide a free, fast emergency service to those in need regardless of their financial circumstances, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
Volunteering with IPSEA
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Volunteering with FRU
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) is a charity that provides legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in employment, social security, and some criminal injury compensation tribunal cases. Our clients could not otherwise obtain legal support for want of personal means and public funding. To provide our service we train volunteer law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career in the skills required to give confident and competent support for the rights of others. Our volunteers give their time for free, so whilst we try our best to cover as many cases as possible, we cannot always guarantee representation. You can find out about how to become a representative by visiting the Volunteers section of this website.
Volunteering with Just For Kids Law
Just for Kids Law is a UK charity that works with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and campaigning to ensure children and young people in the UK have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued.
EMAIL FOR MORE INFO: email@example.com
Volunteering with Consonant
We enable people of diverse origins to make the UK their home. Our approach involves people from the very beginning in the design of the services they use.
Working along-side migrants, refugees and long-settled British communities, we ensure people have a voice in the issues that affect them. This means they can transform their communities and society to work for all who live here.
MEET THE 2021/2022 COMMITTEE!
PRESIDENT: Sarah Sahi
FINANCE OFFICER: Nicole Sinodinos
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Nicole Batup
The Pro Bono Society,
"More than a society"
**Current City, University of London students please buy STANDARD membership. Associate membership is for other university students and alumni. Thank you**