The Law School at the University of Reading is keen to support and encourage students who participate in pro bono work. As well as being rewarding in its own right, Pro Bono experience is something future employers (legal or otherwise) increasingly look to for evidence of the practical skills graduates need to develop very early in their careers.
Reading law students volunteer with many different organisations. Each year the Law School holds a Pro Bono Fair which is attended by a number of organisations, local and national, who offer voluntary experience for students.
Those students with a sizeable commitment to Pro Bono work are able to count their experience towards a full 20 credit Pro Bono Module. Students taking the module volunteer with an approved organisation for a period of six to nine months and complete an online portfolio reflecting on various aspects of their experience and the organisation concerned.
The Law School has three different initiatives within which the student pursue bro bono experience.