During the academic year 2020/2021, our Firm joined the Legal Advice Program (“LEAP”) of The University of Hong Kong (“HKU”).
LEAP aims to encourage HKU law students’ participation in pro bono services. This meaningful programme allows law students to apply and expand their legal knowledge through engaging in real legal work, while allowing students to acquaint themselves with the work culture at law firms and expanding their social network.
We have taken a total of 7 HKU students, and allocated 5 lawyers to provide pro bono services to three entities from different industries, including eco-farming, finTech and elderly services.
For us, LEAP is very meaningful because we can contribute to the HKU, the students, and the business communities. Furthermore, our Firm has been committed to continue to provide legal assistance to our “New Economy”, such as start-ups, innovation and technology industries.
We are glad to receive positive feedback from the students:
“It has been a great pleasure to be a pro bono intern at Sun Lawyers. In the short but fruitful two-month internship, I was able to engage in a variety of tasks involving start-up and SME clients. Through the internship, I was able to serve clients from FinTech and hydroponics sector, whose sectors I were initially unfamiliar with.”
“I am glad to have served two SMEs, where I amended the shareholders’ agreement and privacy notice. Although SMEs are for-profit start-ups, they are often owned by individuals who are of few assets. Given the limited legal knowledge and financial resources of SMEs owners, they have difficulty seeking legal advice when facing legal issues. I realised that pro-bono work is an integral part of a lawyer’s professional obligation, and lawyers can safeguard public interest through provision of pro bono services.”
“I am glad that I have been a part of the team which has made a social impact in addition to helping the client, a local start-up that works on innovative technology. Furthermore, on a more personal level, this experience has allowed me to establish new relationships in the legal industry”
“I have only learnt the theoretical principles of drafting clauses in agreements before, but have not had any practical experience in relation to legal drafting. Therefore, I am very happy to have the opportunity to observe, learn and have hands-on experience in drafting and amending clauses in the agreement.”