Press Release

Latham & Watkins Launches Pro Bono Matter Job Simulation

January 11, 2024
Latham’s ninth offering on Forage’s free, open-access platform gives law students and community members the opportunity to gain real-world experience by completing simulated tasks related to a pro bono matter.

Latham & Watkins1 has launched its latest virtual Job Simulation with Forage — for the first-time featuring a pro bono legal matter. The complimentary job simulation offers participants the opportunity to advise on the hypothetical incorporation of a nonprofit entity in England and Wales, while gaining insight into Latham’s global pro bono program.

Participants will hone key skills involved in handling pro bono matters as they complete simulated tasks advising their hypothetical client, an organization that helps survivors of domestic abuse prepare for finding employment in the restaurant industry. As participants move through the modules, they will undertake legal research, apply the law with sensitivity and empathy, and condense and summarize complex legal procedures.

Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services. Since 2000, Latham lawyers and professional staff have donated more than 4.3 million hours of free legal services — including 239,268 hours in 2022 — to those who would otherwise be denied representation, equality, or justice. Latham’s pro bono program spans the globe, involving colleagues in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and encompasses nearly every area of public interest law. Read about Latham’s efforts in the 2022 Pro Bono Annual Review.

Anne Robinson, Latham partner and Global Chair of Latham’s Pro Bono Committee, said: “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is at the very heart of our firm’s culture. This job simulation provides law students and community members with an opportunity to step into the shoes of our lawyers and grapple with complex and meaningful pro bono matters, leveraging skills and training in the service of the public good. Through this virtual simulation, we hope to inspire the next generation of lawyers to donate their time and expertise to causes that serve the greater good.”

The Pro Bono Job Simulation is the ninth program the firm has launched on Forage, an innovative, open-access platform connecting users with companies and law firms. It joins Latham Job Simulations for Antitrust & Competition, Banking, Capital Markets, Emerging Companies, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring & Special Situations, and White Collar Defense & Investigations. Each simulation immerses participants in navigating legal issues in a transaction or litigation matter.

To date, nearly 80,000 individuals, across 169 countries, have participated in Latham’s virtual job simulations. More than 38% of participants are first-generation professionals.

“Geography, background, and financial means are common limitations young people interested in embarking on a legal career face,” said Michèle Penzer, Latham partner and Global Chair of Latham’s Recruiting Committee. “Our virtual job simulations provide everyone the opportunity to gain practical experience and a foundational understanding of the practice of law. We are incredibly proud to be a leading pro bono law firm, and this virtual insight into the nonprofit work of our lawyers is a fitting addition to our growing simulation series.”

To learn more about the firm’s pro bono program and career opportunities, visit

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company, in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office, and in Saudi Arabia through a limited liability company.