UQ Pro Bono Centre

Why pro bono?

Public interest practice is a key professional value of lawyers. Through the Pro Bono Centre, the School of Law would like all its law students to recognise the value of pro bono work, and to commit to undertaking pro bono work both while they are students and in their professional careers. The Centre is the only resource of its type in an Australian law school.

Pro bono activities undertaken by students do not attract academic credit. Pro bono, by definition, is work for no reward. The benefits to students lie in the work experience, the professional networks formed, and the knowledge they are working in the public interest for the benefit of the community.

Learn more about the Pro Bono Centre

Pro Bono Publico Award

The Pro Bono Publico, Latin for For the Public Good, award recognises and celebrates one graduating student each year who has made an exceptional contribution to the community through their pro bono legal work.

Nominations close 20 November 2017.

If you're a current UQ law student, joining the Pro Bono Roster means you'll be notified of any pro bono opportunities that arise. Note that this is different to the Clinical Legal Education Program (LAWS5180) that must be applied to separately.

Recent publications

Pro Bono Values Project (June 2016)

This report details the findings of a 2014 empirical study into the personal values and motivations of lawyers who do pro bono legal work in Queensland, Australia.

Giving to UQ Pro Bono Centre

The kind donations of our supporters enable the Centre to continue to help the most disadvantaged in our community to access justice and teach our students the value of pro bono work.