Frequently Asked Questions

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Whatever direction you decide to take after finishing your studies, preparing and equipping yourself with professional skills will prove incredibly helpful in the graduate recruitment process.

With iProbono, you’ll have access to organisations from around the world that impact a range of business and non-profit sectors. You’ll be able to explore areas that appeal to you whether your aim is to practice law, provide consulting, or work in communications, for example. You might undertake a project that contributes to your academic work or you might gain a connection to the legal world that helps you realise your career ambitions. 

Take a look at our case studies for an idea of the variety of work we have enabled at iProbono. 

Your Profile

The first step is to create a profile. While we do not expect students or recent graduates to have extensive professional expertise, telling us about your professional interests and skills will help us in matching you to projects.

Matching

When you log in to iProbono, you will arrive at the Projects page, which will list projects available to you based primarily on whether the projects are offered to students, whether you have the appropriate language skills for the project, and if the project is based in the same city or town where you are located.  In the case of 'Remote' projects, they will show up as long as they are based in the same country where you are located.

Connecting

Once you have found a project that you are interested in, you can register your interest on the project page by clicking 'Connect', which will inform iProbono administrators of your interest to allow us to start projects as soon as possible.  If the connection is successful, iProbono will get in touch with you and the organisation initiating the project to get the project started.

In the case of a 'Community Action' project, which is a project that runs outside of the iProbono website, clicking on 'Connect' will take you to the specific website where the community action will take place.

Your privacy 

We will never share your email address or contact information with organisations without your express permission.

For more information, see our privacy policy.

iProbono is a global organisation. As of April 2014, we have enabled pro bono help in 23 countries. Our offices are located in London and New Delhi.

All students, graduates and postgraduates of any academic discipline can sign up. We ask students to sign up via their university email address so that we can verify them quickly and ensure the integrity of our online community.

iProbono is completely free to use!

There is no one type of organisation registered on iProbono.

As of April 2014, over 1400 organisations can access assistance through iProbono. These organisations range from multinational NGOs to local groups, including charities, advocacy organisations, social enterprises, community initiatives, grassroots groups and university centres.

There are a wide variety of ways in which an organisation may need support – they may need an intern abroad, assistance researching projects, court reporting, drafting articles, interviewing, translating, secondary support for lawyers or practical assistance in the office.

Organisations can also post 'remote' projects that will allow you to work from anywhere; this is particularly the case with long-term research projects where you work alongside other academics and students. 

With iProbono you can connect directly with projects around the world, providing assistance to NGOs, charities, social enterprises and other organisations.

 iProbono enables you to:

  • use your knowledge and resources to work for the public good
  • work with exciting clients tackling a diverse range of issues
  • enhance your career development by engaging with like-minded professionals and making new contacts
  • find a range of projects that fit your time restrictions and that enable you to work remotely

Your Profile

The first step is to create a profile. Your profile will contain your areas of expertise / professional interest, causes and issues that appeal to you, your specific professional skills that may be applicable to projects, and languages in which you have a working proficiency.

Matching

When you log in to iProbono, you will arrive at the Projects page, which will list projects available to you based primarily on whether the projects are offered to professionals such as academics, lawyers and others, whether you have the appropriate language skills for the project, and if the project is based in the same city or town where you are located.  In the case of 'Remote' projects, they will show up as long as they are based in the same country where you are located.

Connecting

Once you have found a project that you are interested in, you can register your interest on the project page by clicking 'Connect', which will inform iProbono administrators of your interest to allow us to start projects as soon as possible.  If the connection is successful, iProbono will get in touch with you and the organisation initiating the project to get the project started.

In the case of a 'Community Action' project, which is a project that runs outside of the iProbono website, clicking on 'Connect' will take you to the specific website where the community action will take place.

Your privacy 

We will never share your email address or contact information with organisations without your express permission.

For more information, see our privacy policy.

iProbono looks to connect charities, NGOs, advocacy organisations, social enterprises, not-for-profits and community groups with legal assistance they may need.  As a completely free service, we expect this to benefit both professionals like yourself and organisations who can benefit from their assistance.

Most of the organisations that come to us are vastly under-funded and their resources are over-stretched. As of April 2014, the pro bono help that iProbono has enabled represents a value of over $6.5 million, with this work undertaken in 23 countries to help these civil society organisations and activists.

To get a better idea of what we have helped accomplish, you can also take a look at some of our case studies as well as the testimonials on our home page.

We are always interested to hear from you about new organisations looking for assistance!

iProbono is not just about legal advice – there are a wide range of ways in which you can make a real impact.

  • draft an article for publication
  • carry out research on a specific project
  • join a campaign for legal reform
  • respond to a public enquiry
  • or be a legal friend to point them in the right direction

If you want to contribute, be assured that there is some way an organisation needs your help. If you haven’t already, sign up to iProbono and find out how!

All organisations that post projects on iProbono are prompted to give feedback. iProbono aims to provide a sustainable service to organisations and that means making sure they are getting the help they need.

Similarly, you will also be asked to give feedback on the organisation so that we may improve our service.

iProbono enables you to network directly with people around the world who have the ability and the drive to help you with your legal matters.

As of April 2014, iProbono has access to a network of over 55,000 volunteers from the legal community and beyond, meaning you can find assistance quickly and without having to go through multiple sources or fill out time consuming forms. iProbono has untapped resources for you! 

 You can:

  • access the right pro bono assistance
  • find interns and specialist researchers
  • engage legal professionals, students and academics in your activities. 

Profile

The first step is to create the organisation profile. The profile is straightforward, containing the basic details of your organisation. iProbono will never share the name or contact details of the staff registering from the organisation without your permission.

Matching

After completing your iProbono profile, you and your colleagues can use it as a one stop portal to post projects and connect with others on the network. You can specify exactly what sort of volunteer you are looking for and the skills you require.

When the project is posted, volunteers meeting the relevant criteria will receive an alert from iProbono administrators (that's us!), and we will work to ensure you are connected with the appropriate assistance.

Connecting

Once a voluneer registers their interest in your project, we will consider all of the volunteers interested and work to establish a suitable connection as soon as possible.  After that, we will put you in touch with the relevant volunteer or volunteers, and your project can go ahead!

Your privacy 

We will never share your email address or contact information with volunteers without your permission.

For more information, see our privacy policy.

  • People that have signed up to iProbono see the intrinsic value in giving something back to the wider legal community and to try something different from their day-to-day job.
  • Some people see pro bono as essential to their career development.
  • Personal interest. Our volunteers have a huge range of personal interests and outside experience. The chance to combine professional expertise with an area of personal interest is invaluable.
  • The opportunity to meet like-minded professionals. It is always refreshing to find someone else who has a similar passion to your own. Volunteering in a pro bono capacity opens up a whole new world of potential business contacts and new colleagues.

Take a look at some of our case studies as well as the testimonials on our home page to get a better understanding of what we have helped accomplish!

What they say about us

"It's fantastic to see so many legal professionals lending their time and expertise to help charities and social businesses flourish."

DAVID CAMERON

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"I would definitely recommend iProbono to anyone looking for a meaningful way to use their professional skills."

DEBDATTA DOBE

LLM Candidate, Harvard Law School

"Doing pro bono work helps us step back for a minute, to stop and think about issues outside our own little busy worlds."

TOM HEEREY

Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft