Pro se is a Latin term meaning “on one’s own behalf”. In the court setting, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers or other representatives. Some individuals choose to act pro se because they have legal experience or are otherwise confident in their ability to convey their claim or defense without assistance. Others may simply wish to avoid paying attorneys’ fees and the often exorbitant expenses associated with hiring a lawyer. In England and Wales, the phrase “Litigant in Person” is sometimes used to refer to such parties.
“Due to her experience in the field, the Harvard Law School professor proceeded as a pro se defendant in the case involving real property.”