Yes, you may. Please keep a lookout for recruitment emailers from SMU Pro Bono Centre on Pro Bono Placement opportunities.
No swopping of slots is allowed. Please ensure that you are able to attend all sessions before signing up. Students who are unsure of their schedules should refrain from signing up.
Withdrawal is only allowed based on a case-by-case basis (e.g. medical reasons, extenuating family circumstances), and must be supported by documentary evidence such as a Medical Certificate or Certificate of Death). If you decide to pull out from the Pro Bono opportunity after you have been successfully balloted without a valid reason, you will be blacklisted. Students who are blacklisted will be denied applications for two months and be denied priority in the last year of graduation against non-graduating students.
No, you are not restricted to the number of organisations for Pro Bono Placements.
The number of hours indicated on the OnTRAC II postings are an estimation. We will need your Performance Appraisal and Pro Bono Timesheet at the end of your Pro Bono Placement, to determine the actual number of Pro Bono hours you have fulfilled. Please refer to the results emailer which was sent to you upon successful ballot for the documents required.
No. In order for you to start fulfilling your Pro Bono graduation requirement, you must pass the Community Service e-Briefing quiz first. The e-Briefing sets the tone on how you can engage with the community. It will also guide you on the pro bono and community service administrative procedures.
At the end of your Pro Bono Placement, please submit the completed and endorsed PBC Performance Appraisal and PBC Timesheet to SMU Pro Bono Centre dropbox located at School of Law, Level 4, outside General Office. Please refer to the results emailer which was sent to you upon successful ballot for the documents required. Both PBC Performance Appraisal and PBC Timesheet are available on OnTRAC II > Resources > Document Library.
You can commence Pro Bono at the end of your Year One Term Two exams. You will also receive recruitment emailers from SMU Pro Bono Centre when you are eligible to apply Pro Bono Placement.
Recruitments for Pro Bono Placement often occur between 1 to 2 months in advance of the actual Pro Bono Placement. Please keep a look out for recruitment emailers from SMU Pro Bono Centre (PBC) to sign-up for the Pro Bono Placement via SMU PBC Google forms.
Your Pro Bono Placement records will only be updated, after we have received and reviewed the PBC Performance Appraisal and PBC Timesheet.
Please log on to OASIS, click on "Career and Jobs" tab followed by the "Participation and Grading" link to check the total number of Pro Bono hours.
You can refer to recruitment emailers from SMU Pro Bono Centre on Pro Bono Placement opportunities.
Kindly log-in using your SMU student username, dropping the “law” domain (i.e. email@example.com), clearing your cache after logging out of your personal google drive beforehand, in order to access the google form and complete it online.
Pro Bono Placement postings on OnTRAC II are only applicable for students who have been successfully recruited via ballot or first-come-first-serve recruitments.
Pro Bono Placement must be SILE-approved and recruited via SMU Pro Bono Centre. Students must also apply for the successfully balloted Pro Bono Placement on OnTRAC in order for participation record to be created and for Pro Bono hours to be recognised.
As part of the graduating requirement, students (both LLB and JD) are required to complete the mandatory 20 hours of pro bono volunteer work.
You are only required to submit ONE report. If you have completed multiple Pro Bono Placements/Community Service projects, you may write the report based on the single placement that you have completed the most number of hours for, or based on all the placements that you have participated in/experienced throughout your course of study at SMU.
No, please note that we do not backdate Pro Bono Placement. For your participation to be considered towards your graduation requirement, you must apply on OnTRAC II before commencing on your pro bono placement.If the posting is still available on OnTRAC II, please apply immediately. We would require time to respond and approve your application. The record of your pro bono placement will commence according to the minimum timeline following your OnTRAC II submission date (at least 7 working days).
You will need to submit the PBC Performance Appraisal and PBC Timesheet to SMU PBC Dropbox located at SOL, level 4 – outside General Office. Kindly note that you are only required to submit ONE Community Service Report via OASIS. You should submit the report within one month of you completing the first 80 Pro Bono/Community Service hours of your degree requirement.