Herman Schilperoort studied law at the University in Utrecht in the Netherlands. During his studies he worked as a volunteer in a Law Shop, runned by students. After finishing his studies in 1981 he worked as a public lawyer at one of the 19 Legal Aid Councils.In 1993 five regional Legal Aid Boards were founded in the Netherlands. Then he became a member of the management team of the Legal Aid Board in Amsterdam. In Februari 2009 the five regional Boards in the Netherlands were merged into one national Legal Aid Board with five regional offices and one central office in Utrecht. From then on he works as the head of the central Staff department and a member of the Board of Directors.