The National Pro Bono Resource Centre (NPBRC), together with The College of Law and LexisNexis, has published a new guide for practical legal training (PLT) for Australian students.
The guide was developed after The College of Law approached the NPBRC with a proposal to draft a paper on pro bono, which could be made available to its PLT students. The proposal came to fruition resulting in a guide for the benefit of law students across Australia.
Written by the NPBRC and published online by LexisNexis, the guide is provided to all students across Australia who completed their PLT with The College of Law and will be part of The College of Law's practice paper collections in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
John Corker, Director of the NPBRC, said the Centre welcomed the initiative from The College of Law and was pleased to be able to provide such an important resource to PLT students.
"It's important to foster a pro bono ethos and a sense of professional responsibility in our future lawyers," Corker said.
Group managing director and principal of The College of Law, Neville Carter, said: "Allowing all members of our community access to legal assistance is an integral part of ensuring that justice is within reach of those who may be without the financial means to secure legal representation."
LexisNexis is also supplying copies of the guide for distribution to law students in law schools and other practical legal training providers.