This week is national pro bono week and many state bar organizations are holding CLEs and other events in honor of the event. If you can participate in your local bar’s activities this week, make time to do so.

If you do not have time to participate in this week’s activities, here are three reasons why you need to do pro bono work.

Remember why you went to law school

A large portion of law students go to law school because they want to help people in need. A smaller portion of that group end up helping those in need on a daily basis. For a variety of reasons, many graduates end up working at larger firms, representing corporations or businesses, and have little interaction with “the little guys.”

You can still have your cake and eat it too. Frankly, most large firms expect that all attorneys commit to a certain amount of pro bono work. Even if you only represent corporate entities and not individuals, you can still help the little guy on the side.

More people need free legal assistance

The economy is still in the tank, people are losing their jobs, and people are losing their homes. You might not be able to solve all those problems, but you can still provide quality legal advice to people who need it.

You might not think that talking to someone for twenty minutes is very helpful—but it can make a world of difference to that person.

You will feel fulfilled

There is nothing more satisfying than helping someone who truly needs the help and has nowhere else to turn. Obviously, the point of doing pro bono work is not to make yourself feel better, but it is certainly a very nice side effect.

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