Engaging Students Globally in Pro Bono Service

by Lawyers Without Borders Vetted since 2011


To help young "lawyers-to-be" understand pro bono and how they can "give back" LWOB has established a model called "Student Divisions" which aims to help engage students in capacity building and access to justice projects, as students in the hopes that they will take that culture of giving back with them into the business and private sector. Your support helps sustain the oversight and management of the student divisions headquartered in the UK, but involving students around the world

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Students everywhere are interested in pro bono service and engaging with the community of lawyers who, through Lawyers Without Borders, are creating life changing programs that provide access to justice or support capacity building in the developing world. But, these students have few opportunities to engage in "real life" work. They have few chances to make a contribution that will actually find its way into the field, and make a difference.


This project engages the students in already existing projects and carves out ways for them to contribute to, that are not simulations or mock scenarios. They tackle a real problem. LWOB then using other funding sources, takes the students work and either produces the thing they have created (perhaps its a book that educates children on dangers they may be exposed to from human traffickers, as an example), edits it, produces it and distributes it.

Long-Term Impact

Already the long term impact is being felt. When these students finish school and enter the private sector, they bring this culture of pro bono with them. They then encourage their employers to support their continued pro bono work--growing the involvement of private sector civil society in work that gives back to marginalized communities.



Organization Information

Lawyers Without Borders

Location: New Haven, Connecticut - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lwob.org
Project Leader:
Christina Storm
New Haven, Connecticut United States
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