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Why PBS?

Access to justice is a significant global problem. The World Justice Project estimates that 5,000,000,000 people have unmet legal needs. That’s approximately 70% of the world’s population; more than two in three of us.

Here in the UK we are fortunate to have legal aid, but that does not prevent access to justice issues. One in five UK households live in relative poverty, and many – with limited resources – fall through the gaps in the legal aid system. This means a significant percentage of our population is left without access to legal advice or representation.

Law students involved in the UK’s university law clinics can – and regularly do – educate people on the law, give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard, and right wrongs that would otherwise go unchallenged. These unsung heroes are what save many from the justice gap. provides students who do pro bono with access to high quality training materials and events. We exist to support students so that they can do more, help more, and achieve more for the UK’s communities.

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Rebecca Samaras Director of Pro Bono and CLE University of Edinburgh
Rebecca Samaras

I knew immediately that PBS would be something special, and I have not been disappointed.

Annabel Mackay Student Volunteer GCU Law Clinic
Annabel Mackay

PBS provides great training opportunities for students and I was excited to watch the videos provided. In particular, having access to a detailed training session regarding the art of cross examination is not something everyone has during their studies - one of the many benefits you receive from the PBS platform.

Rachel Greig Student Volunteer Free Legal Advice Centre
Rachel Greig

I’m a student advisor at Edinburgh’s Free Legal Advice Centre and I can already see how useful these resources are going to be going forward… when advising on cases PBS is going to be my first port of call.

Roddy Dunlop KC Dean of Faculty Faculty of Advocates
Roddy Dunlop KC

This innovative new platform, which will further enhance the already commendable work of the law clinics, is most welcome and comes with my full support.

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