The Pro Bono Services Office of the Law Society of Singapore was established on 10 September 2007 with the mission to help bring free legal assistance to those in need in our community, as part of the Law Society's stated mission – to ensure access to justice for all. It was corporatised on 1 April 2017 and commenced operations as Law Society Pro Bono Services (UEN: 201700430E) (“LSPBS”), a registered charity and Institution of a Public Character (IPC). The range of initiatives and activities undertaken had grown considerably over the years with over 10,000 underprivileged individuals receiving legal advice and aid annually, with the support of 2,000 volunteer lawyers across different specialisations. Among these initiatives include legal awareness talks and free legal clinics.
LSPBS also administers the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) to ensure that impecunious accused persons facing non-capital charges have access to justice, and receive the help, guidance and assurance they need to face the criminal justice system.
In January 2020, LSPBS and SUSS signed an MOU to jointly launch a clerkship programme at the CLAS office for students of the SUSS School of Law, to allow the SUSS law students to gain experiential knowledge of criminal legal practice.