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Pro Bono: Pro Bono Guides

Introduction

Manuals, guides and pamphlets which provide information and instructions to students and lawyers involved in pro bono work.

Guides and Manuals

A. Criminal Legal Aid Scheme

The Law Society administers the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS). This scheme provides criminal legal assistance to those charged with non-capital offences and cannot afford legal counsel. 

Need Legal Assistance? Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (2016)
Pamphlet providing information about the Law Society's Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS).

B. Legal Aid Scheme

The Legal Aid Scheme is administered by the Legal Aid Bureau. The Bureau provides legal advice, assistance in drafting simple legal documents and representations in civil proceedings for those who qualify under the scheme.

Various guides can be found on the LAB website, including the following:
The Assigned Solicitor's Guide
​Reference manual containing information, including relevant legal provisions and practical matters, that assigned solicitors will find useful when assisting and acting for aided persons. Published by the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB).

Types of Services
Information on the types of services provided by the LAB and application procedures.

Community Legal Clinic Manual (2015)
Compiled by the Pro Bono Services Office, Law Society of Singapore to guide lawyers serving at the Community Legal Clinics. Manual is password-protected. NUS Law students may email the Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education to obtain the password: probono@nus.edu.sg.

COV-AID
COV-AID is made up of a team of NUS Law students. It was born out of the desire to help the community comprehend the vast number of laws, regulations and legal issues arising from COVID-19. Contains sections on Government Grants and Navigating COVID-19 Laws as well as academic essays and interviews with lawyers on the impact of the pandemic.

LEGALESE: A Legal Handbook for Community Organisations (2016)
Handbook published by the Law Society of Singapore providing bite-sized pieces of information to the general public on the various legal aspects of setting up and running a social enterprise or non-profit entity.

Pro Bono Guide (2010?)
Published by the Law Society of Singapore with the aim of giving Singapore lawyers an overview of pro bono volunteer opportunities with various organisations and agencies serving the community.

Pro Bono Guide for Law Practices (2012)
Reference guide for law practices seeking to establish, develop or expand their pro bono practices. Published by the Law Society of Singapore 

Singapore In-House Legal Counsel Pro Bono Guide (2016)
This publication provides in-house legal counsel with information on the scope of work which they are allowed to undertake, as well as the opportunities available to them. Launched by DLA Piper, The Law Society's Pro Bono Services Office and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.

Advocates for the Arts: A Legal Handbook for the Creative Industries (2018)
Legal guide by The Law Society Pro Bono Services for persons working in the creative industries, in particular, freelancers. "It provides practical information for the individual and the organisation, ranging from maternity benefits and insurance to templates to enable the reader to put together a do-it-yourself contract." -- abstract from forward by Vice- President.

Community Legal Clinic Manual (2015)
Compiled by the Pro Bono Services Office, Law Society of Singapore to guide lawyers serving at the Community Legal Clinics. Manual is password-protected. NUS Law students may email the Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education to obtain the password: probono@nus.edu.sg.

COV-AID (2020)
COV-AID is made up of a team of NUS Law students. It was born out of the desire to help the community comprehend the vast number of laws, regulations and legal issues arising from COVID-19. Contains sections on Government Grants and Navigating COVID-19 Laws as well as academic essays and interviews with lawyers on the impact of the pandemic.

IP Arts Infopack (2020)
Manual produced by the Intellectual Property Students' Association (NUS Law), and supported by IPOS and NUS Centre for the Arts. Seeks to equip visual and performing arts groups in Singapore with a basic framework for understanding IP protection in Singapore.

Know the Law Now! (2015)
This booklet serves as a basic introduction to the law in Singapore and as an initial reference point on legal issues. Published by the Law Society of Singapore.

Law Works Pocket Series
This series of booklets covers various aspects of labour law and aims to educate employees on their legal rights. Published by the National Trades Union Congress and Law Society of Singapore:

LEGALESE: A Legal Handbook for Community Organisations (2016)
Handbook published by the Law Society of Singapore providing bite-sized pieces of information to the general public on the various legal aspects of setting up and running a social enterprise or non-profit entity.

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