National University of Singapore Law School Opens Pro Bono Advice Centre

TNP Singapore report…..

A new centre to encourage law undergraduates to offer free legal help to the needy has been set up at the National University of Singapore’s law faculty.

The Centre for Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education, launched yesterday, will consolidate the work of the NUS Pro Bono Office and the faculty’s clinical legal education programmes.

It will also offer an expanded range of programmes for students in the faculty.

One new programme is the State Courts-NUS Clerkship Programme, which started in August. Students assist top State Court judges, getting a first-hand look at criminal procedure and community justice issues from a judicial perspective.

Three students have completed its pilot run, and the programme is looking to take in up to 10 students in its second run, said associate professor Lim Lei Theng, the co-director of the centre.

The move comes amid a growing movement among law students here to offer more pro bono work.