The gap between the needs of indigents and state subsidised legal services, or pro bono legal services, exists in all societies. Singapore is not an exception. Traditionally the state and legal fraternity have assumed the responsibility to bridge this gap. Law schools, on the other hand, have traditionally and culturally confined themselves to the academic instruction of the law.
As stakeholders of the justice system, we advocate a pro bono culture amongst law students through various pro bono programmes we have nurtured since 2007.
The Pro Bono Centre was established in 2013 in recognition of the Law School’s strong commitment to pro bono.
We are deeply grateful for the generous financial support given by the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation. Under an MOU established in 2017, the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation contributes an annual sum towards the operational costs of the Pro Bono Centre.
All pro bono activities are managed and centralised under this Centre. Additionally the Centre will, inter alia, be responsible for the following activities:
Since the inception of SMU, in service of humanity, SMU has required all students to perform community service as a graduating requirement. Students enrolled in the LLB program have to serve 80 hours by:
These pro bono hours will be counted after the completion of Term 2, Year One. Pro bono hours committed prior to the aforementioned period will not count towards the graduating requirement.
It must be noted that this is a graduating requirement and hence students who do not comply with this requirement will not graduate till compliance is achieved.
It is our vision that by doing pro bono work, students will: