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29 October, 2015

Pro Bono Week event: Is helping young people learn about the law good for business?

Next week is National Pro Bono Week. Why not send your lawyers to our free event to find out why lawyers from the UK's top law firms volunteer in school classrooms.

A lawyer helps bring the law to life for school students.
A Lawyers in Schools volunteer helps bring the law to life for school students.

In London next Thursday, 5 November, you can join the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP and lawyers from BBC Worldwide, Centrica, JP Morgan and Olswang at our free event to discuss the benefits and challenges of volunteering in schools.

Since 1999, lawyers from the largest law firms in the country have been participating in our Lawyers in Schools programme.

‘The Lawyers in Schools programme provides us with a great opportunity to collaborate with our clients,’ said Olwang's volunteer coordinator.

Legal professionals volunteer in schools to develop young people’s awareness and understanding of the law and the legal system, using specially written educational resources. The lawyers and students work together to explore their rights and responsibilities and how the law affects their everyday lives.

But does this type of volunteering make good business sense? Yes, according to law firm Simmons & Simmons. As well as using the programme to meet the firm’s Corporate Responsibility needs and develop their staff’s skills, they have also run the programme in partnership with their client, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.  

A partner at the firm says:

'The benefits of the programme are enormous; most importantly from a CSR perspective but also from a client relationship perspective. It has provided a fantastic opportunity for our lawyers, across all levels of seniority, to build on their relationships with the MUSI in-house legal team'.

Interested? Register now to join us on Thursday!

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