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Pro Bono

8.5 / 10

(based on 59 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The firm's emphasis on pro bono work is a leader among Irish law firms. It has partnered with the Irish Refugee Council to provide legal advice to asylum seekers. It also works with the Mercy Law Centre in assisting homeless people with their housing applications and disputes."
Second year trainee,
"I have worked on a pro bono case that involved drafting a handbook for an organisation that helped homeless people. I've also helped with painting a school and participated in the Docklands Volunteer Day. There are often email requests for volunteers for pro bono work. The firm is quite active in this regard. Updates are also provided so we can see how we have contributed."
Second year trainee,
"The pro bono opportunities at ALG are second to none. There are genuine efforts to improve the lives of others less fortunate and the programmes in place are very well run."
First year trainee,
"There is a strong commitment to pro bono work within ALG. I have been impressed by how much we are able to get involved in pro bono work, even as trainees. So far in my traineeship I have worked on several pro bono projects including a research project, work for pro bono corporate clients and work for clients from a free legal clinic on housing issues. It is an integral part of the firm and employees are encouraged and facilitated to get involved."
Second year trainee,
"I have worked on several pro bono matters but the Mercy Law Centre pro bono work carried out by the firm is the one on which I've worked the most. This is where solicitors and trainees provide free legal advice and services to people at risk of homelessness. This is a project that is of huge significance to the people we worked with and continue to work with."
Third year trainee,
"I've assisted at free legal aid clinics, prepared a research document considering the potential impact of Brexit in Ireland and done corporate governance work for various pro bono clients."
Third year trainee,
"Pro bono hours have recently become categorised as billable hours for fee earners. Being able to count these as meeting their billable hours quota, which gives an added incentive to participate."
First year trainee,
"I have been involved in setting up various charities that support cancer research and children's learning."
"In terms of pro bono work in the legal community, A&L Goodbody is a leading example. The firm provides hundreds of hours of pro bono work every year and it is open to everybody to get involved."
Second year trainee,
"Everyone is encouraged to get involved and there are regular opportunities to do so. There are both legal opportunities (pro bono cases) and others, such as teaching in schools, reading programmes, clean-up programmes and charity events. If a trainee wants to get involved in a pro bono case, they will certainly have the opportunity to do so."
Third year trainee,

2015

"The firm has a very strong track record in relation to pro bono projects and has been nominated/won numerous corporate awards for the programme. Employees at all levels are highly encouraged to get involved in some aspect of pro bono work."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The firm is thoroughly committed to pro bono and its commitment to the local community especially. Recently I engaged in the Dublin Docklands development scheme which involved the upkeep of the docklands."
First year trainee, Dublin
"There is a strong emphasis on pro bono work from individual projects to firm-wide projects such as the Calcutta Run fundraiser for the Peter McVerry Trust."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"The firm does lots of pro bono legal work, especially in the area of refugee law. It has a huge and very successful corporate social responsibility programme which focuses on issues such as literacy."
First year trainee, Dublin
"A&L Goodbody places a significant emphasis on pro bono work. In 2014, A&L Goodbody delivered over 2,800 pro bono hours to various charity partners and not for profit organisations."
Third year trainee, Dublin
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