The Survey and Other Research

The Centre conducts research on a wide range of aspects of pro bono legal services.

The overarching purpose of the Centre’s research is to advance the understanding and impact of pro bono legal practice, provide practical expertise to drive pro bono support towards the greatest unmet legal need, and to provide an evidence base for advocacy for law and policy reform to advance pro bono legal work.

Key research work that the Centre has already undertaken is below.

Regular Research Activities

The National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey is a biennial survey of Australian firms with 50 or more full-time equivalent lawyers. The Survey was first conducted in 2008 and is published now in even years.

The National Pro Bono Target is a voluntary and aspirational target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year. All Target Signatories are required to report on their performance against the Target each financial year.

The Centre then uses this data to produce an annual Performance Report on the Target. This report is de-identified and does not include information on the performance of individual signatories.

Other Research

The Report on the Nature and Prevalence of Pro Bono Partner Roles Globally, produced by law firm DLA Piper alongside the Australian Pro Bono Centre, the Pro Bono Institute in Washington DC and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, reveals a significant increase in the appointment of pro bono partners over the last 20 years.

The Research Roundtable report: scoping a national research agenda for pro bono legal services that resulted in the creation of the Measuring Impact Hub.

Australian Pro Bono Centre – Justice Project Report Mapping