Why do I need to do 20 hours of approved pro bono work as a law student in the SUSS School of Law?

All students from the SUSS School of Law are required to perform 20 hours of approved pro bono work as part of their graduating requirements. This may be done anytime after the completion of the student’s first year of study.

 

What is approved pro bono work?

Approved pro bono work are pro bono work that meet the criteria and guidelines stipulated by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE).

For more information about the pro bono programme you can visit the SILE website at https://www.sile.edu.sg/pro-bono-programme.

 

What is the SUSS School of Law Pro Bono Student Committee’s (PBSC) role?

The PBSC’s role is to facilitate the students from the SUSS School of Law in completing their mandatory 20 hours. This may be in the form of monthly pro bono clinics or attachments. These monthly pro bono clinics and attachments will be listed on the SUSS School of Law’s Pro Bono portal at https://www.sussprobono.com/. Typically, the clinics are posted by the PBSC at the start of the month for the following month. Students will have until the middle of the month to apply for these clinics.

For example, the PBSC will post the available clinics for the month of February on (approximately) the 1st of January. SUSS School of Law students will have until the middle of January (15th of January) to apply for these clinics. The allocation of the clinics will be done within 3 days of the deadline (i.e. the 18th of January).

 

I am doing pro bono work outside of the clinics and attachments that are listed in the SUSS Pro Bono Portal, can I clock these hours towards the required 20 mandatory pro bono hours?

The pro bono work that you are doing outside of those listed in the SUSS Pro Bono Portal has to be approved pro bono work that meet the criteria and guidelines stipulated by the SILE. If the pro bono work is approved pro bono work, you will need to get the person in charge to sign on the SUSS Pro Bono Service Letter. This letter is the same letter that students who sign up for the clinics and attachments under the SUSS Pro Bono Portal will need to get filled up.

Click here to download the SUSS Pro Bono Service Letter.

Subsequently, you will need to upload the SUSS Pro Bono Service Letter into the SUSS Pro Bono Portal to clock your hours.

 

What is I have any questions or issues regarding pro bono work. Who do I reach out to?

Your first port of call would be the PBSC. The contact details of the PBSC are listed below. You can call, WhatsApp or email the respective PBSC members.

 

The SUSS School of Law Pro Bono Student Committee

Daryl Lum 90098731 [email protected]

Rosdee 84680176 [email protected]

Lin Lee 97330544 [email protected]

For clinics related matters, please contact Rosdee and Daryl

For attachments and special projects, please contact Lin Lee

 

Click here to download the SUSS School of Law Student Guide for Pro Bono Work.