Here at Bracton Law Society, we pride ourselves on the extraordinary charitable work of so many of our members on both a local and national level, which arises through their dedication to BLS Pro Bono. We offer a wide range of different initiatives, all of which are aimed at giving back and helping individuals understand their legal rights. Building on the strong foundations of previous years, the introduction of two new projects, resulting in eight in total, illustrates an ambition to expand our reach.
The unique and renowned Prison Project has long been a flagship project at Bracton Law Society. Successful applicants are provided with the opportunity to visit HMP Exeter and give presentations to inmates to inform them of their rights regarding disclosure upon the completion of their sentence.
Pro Bono in Practice sees some of the largest UK and International law firms travel down to Exeter to host talks and receptions in order to illustrate how they carry out their Pro Bono work. This is an informative and excellent networking opportunity which many members are keen to be involved in.
The School Project is aimed at giving back to the local communities in and around Exeter by helping future generations become more informed and aware of different topics. Participants give presentations to local school students on different topics ranging from Human Rights to Internet Safety.
Bracton Law Society collaborates with two international charities; Lawyers Without Borders and Global Brigades to provide its members with the opportunity to engage in research on different issues gripping communities across the globe and go on human rights brigades to Panama during summer to lead legal clinics in areas lacking access to justice and legal services.
The BLS has a partnership with the Personal Support Unit, which enables a handful of members take on the role of researchers and event organisers for the charity which helps litigants in person. Furthermore, volunteers will be involved in the production of videos advising individuals on how to represent themselves in court.