The Just Lawyer in Society

“I became a lawyer because I wanted to do something about justice, but somehow my work has become too crowded, and I don’t seem to be making a difference.”

Lawyers have a unique skillset, which can be deployed to tackle the root causes of injustice and poverty. Sometimes we need a reminder of why we became lawyers in the first place, and a prompt for how we can do something about it.

In this section you can find stories, examples, and tools to enable you to use your legal skills to help improve society, whether at the local, national or global level. This doesn’t have to be in our day job; legal skills are transferable into our schools, our homes, our communities, and our role as responsible members of society.

Aristotle might not actually have said “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation”, but there is no doubt that legal talents and the needs of the world do cross.

Global citizenship

All in-house lawyers, regardless of their position or seniority, can make a real impact in society.

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Key values: integrity, trust, truth…

Thinking purposively and thinking holistically: lawyers taking action to better our world, in turn building trust between ourselves and society.

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Local citizenship

Taking the initiative in your community or organisation.

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