Definition of pro bono in English:

pro bono

Pronunciation /prəʊ ˈbɒnəʊ/ /prəʊ ˈbəʊnəʊ/

adverb & adjective

North American
  • Denoting work undertaken without charge, especially legal work for a client on low income.

    as adverb ‘the attorneys are representing him pro bono’
    as adjective ‘pro bono legal services’
    • ‘A legal firm offers on-site pro bono legal services for noncriminal matters to our patients.’
    • ‘But immigrants have very few places to go for pro bono legal advice.’
    • ‘What we've been focusing on is providing tools for the legal profession to do pro bono work more easily.’
    • ‘Robinson said he is a longtime friend who is representing Smith pro bono.’
    • ‘But Sam is persistent, and, in an attempt to prove to her colleagues that she has a heart, she agrees to represent him pro bono.’
    • ‘Working pro bono, the lawyers helped the group charge New Jersey with violating local residents' civil rights.’
    • ‘He did some pro bono work in order to establish a relationship with potential clients.’
    • ‘Young barristers have traditionally worked pro bono for legal centres when no legal aid is available and where clients are unable to represent themselves.’
    • ‘He's involved with an African-American church in South Central, he's done a lot of pro bono work with people in the deep south.’
    • ‘I thought that a simple writ of habeas corpus would sort it out - that we'd find a firm in the US to do it pro bono.’
    • ‘Most of the many hours he works each day are pro bono to help the administration with its policy on Iraq.’
    • ‘Law firms and the like, which one used to think of as being able to do cases pro bono and to have other standards than money, were as much caught up in this as anywhere else.’
    • ‘This collective, along with his pro bono work for local community organizations, also yielded his initial client base.’
    • ‘If you wish to get legal advice, your best bet is to contact the California Bar Association for the names of lawyers who do pro bono work.’
    • ‘He sits on the WOW advisory panel, and does pro bono work for numerous grassroots organizations.’
    • ‘A group of lawyers conscripted to work pro bono sat down with representatives of the initial 62 plaintiffs.’
    • ‘They have been prepared to provide help pro bono and they are lawyers who have experience in Asian courts, and so that is an offer we can make.’
    • ‘Blackburn had read the pollution report too and was so concerned that he offered to take on the case pro bono.’
    • ‘This is usually a minimal time commitment on the part of a lawyer who is already working pro bono for the organization.’
    • ‘She also received a letter from the Law Society offering her a monetary award for the pro bono work she did on the case, but she turned it down.’
    free, gratis, unpaid, unrewarded, unsalaried, free of charge, without charge, for nothing, at no cost, without payment, for the common good


From Latin pro bono publico ‘for the public good’.


pro bono

/prəʊ ˈbɒnəʊ/ /prəʊ ˈbəʊnəʊ/