Pro Bono Programme

Pro Bono Programme for Law Students

In the 2007 Report of the Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector, one of the recommendations made by the committee was that measures should be taken to foster idealism and community bonding amongst lawyers, in particular, through the promotion of pro bono work. Building on the committee’s recommendation, the SILE has initiated a pro bono programme for law students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law and the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law (“Pro Bono Programme”).

The aims of the Pro Bono Programme are to develop students’ conception of the practice of law as a service vocation, and to allow students to experience how the law works in real life through interaction with the host organisations.

Law students who commence their relevant qualifying law programmes in 2013 in NUS or SMU will be required to perform 20 hours of pro bono work for their entire course. This may be done at any time after their first year of study.

Approved Pro Bono Work

To meet the requirements of the Pro Bono Programme, students will need to undertake Approved Pro Bono Work which meets the criteria and guidelines stipulated by the Institute. The Institute has appointed a Review Committee comprising representatives from the Institute, the Law Society and each of the two Law Schools to review and confirm specific activities as Approved Pro Bono Work.

CPD Scheme

Starting from 1 January 2015, advocates and solicitors who supervise law students in Approved Pro Bono Works may obtain 2 Private CPD Points each CPD Year. For more information on the CPD Scheme, please visit the SILE CPD Centre at

Contact Information

For more information, Law Students should contact the Pro Bono Programme representatives from their respective Law School. SMU students may visit the Pro Bono Center website.

Organisations interested in hosting Approved Pro Bono Work can contact the secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated: 12 June 2016