An online portal which aims to be a one-stop centre for law students to sign up for pro bono projects was launched on Monday.
The, Start Now Law portal, which is an initiative by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School's Pro Bono Office (PBO), will be a springboard for the upcoming mandatory pro bono scheme which would require law students to clock 20 hours of pro bono work by the time they graduate.
Developed over 12 months since February last year, Start Now Law allows NUS law students and pro bono host organisations like VWOs, to post pro bono opportunities online. Students can then sign up for these projects directly with the organisations.
Currently, many of such initiatives are available on an ad hoc basis and are led by student groups such as the NUS pro bono group and the NUS criminal justice club.
Through the portal, students will also be able to keep track of their pro bono activities throughout their education at NUS law, which they can then present to future employers.
The PBO hopes to encourage its students to initiate more of their own projects with this initiative. Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng, chair of the NUS law pro bono committee added: "Such a platform inculcates the spirit of volunteerism among students by contributing their learning back to the community."