Pro Bono Week

Pro Bono Week promotes and supports the work of lawyers who volunteer their services for free to people and organisations who couldn't otherwise afford legal advice. It's part of a global celebration of pro bono that takes place every year.

Two lawyers doing pro bono work

Pro Bono Week was first held in 2001. It’s endorsed by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), who assist the pro bono sector by:

Find out how you can volunteer for pro bono work

Pro Bono Week 2020

Pro Bono Week 2020 is taking place from Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November.

It’s organised by a committee that includes representatives from pro bono charities, law schools and law firms.

It promotes and supports the free legal help that volunteer lawyers provide, and aims to:

  • encourage members of the legal profession and law students to volunteer their time
  • celebrate pro bono work and its achievements
  • promote collaboration, best practice and skills sharing
  • increase awareness of pro bono services
  • make sure pro bono services are used efficiently

Organising a Pro Bono Week event

The following types of organisation often plan events and communications to support Pro Bono Week’s aims:

  • law firms
  • chambers
  • legal societies
  • charities
  • universities
  • law schools

Examples of events include discussions about the role of pro bono in a particular practice area, or events bringing together lawyers and organisations who could work together. Conferences are also sometimes scheduled during the weekends around Pro Bono Week.

Get help organising Pro Bono Week activities

Find out about events being held in Pro Bono Week

Contact us

If you have any questions about Pro Bono Week, email Valerie Robertson, our pro bono policy adviser.