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The City Law School expands pro bono opportunities for students with Liberty and the Supreme Court

The City Law School teams up with human rights organisation Liberty.
by Ben Mitchell

The City Law School has teamed up with leading human rights organisation Liberty to launch an inaugural clinic for students to hone their skills on real life cases.

The new service, which is due to go live later this month, will enable aspiring solicitors and barristers on City’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to provide advice to members of the public on a wide range of human rights queries.

The scheme has been organised by the School’s Pro Bono Director, Sarwan Singh, in conjunction with Liberty and one of the School’s own BPTC students and will enable students to receive comprehensive legal training on this crucial area of law.

Commenting on the new clinic, Sarwan Singh said: “We are delighted to have joined forces with such a high-profile organisation as Liberty, which can undoubtedly offer invaluable experience to our students.” 

“This new arrangement underlines the calibre and depth of our pro bono programme and will give our students even greater opportunities to hone the skills they learn here at The City Law School in important real-life situations and train them in the area of human rights law."

Sarwan Singh, Pro Bono Director, The City Law School

Meanwhile, students from The City Law School have teamed up with the Supreme Court to launch a volunteering project designed to encourage disadvantaged young Londoners to engage with the UK legal system. 

The project, named ‘Big Voice 2011’, was launched at the Supreme Court earlier this month and focuses on issues of legal identity and access to justice.

Over the course of the year, volunteers from City will deliver a series of interactive workshops and sessions to pupils drawn from a variety of schools in under-resourced areas of the capital.  The youngsters will work with their peers, conduct research and meet well-known public figures from the legal profession and beyond.

At the end of the project, the participants will assist in the drafting of a formal paper for publication comparing the legal systems in the UK and in post-apartheid South Africa.

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