The City Law School launches free legal advice service
The City Law School is to hold free legal advice sessions on civil law matters for members of the public. Students will work with qualified lawyers to provide guidance on issues across the whole range of civil law including personal injury claims, employment, small claims, landlord and tenant disputes and consumer rights.
The aim of the Service is to provide free, confidential and independent legal advice to the local community whilst giving students the chance to gain practical experience of the legal profession.
Sarwan Singh is a Senior Lecturer at The City Law School and Director of the Pro Bono programme:
"This is a great example of lawyers of the future participating in their local community and providing a service to those who need free legal advice, whilst also gaining invaluable practical experience. The clinic offers one-off advice on any area of civil law. All that members of the public need to do is contact our office and arrange to come to one of our daytime or evening sessions - if it is a matter we can deal with we will try and help."
The service will be based at The City Law School's premises on Princeton Street, near Chancery Lane. Sessions during the day will be conducted by post graduate law students and supervised by qualified lawyers. Students will interview clients, carry out legal research and provide written advice on non-complex civil law matters.
Sessions in the evening will be run by qualified lawyers who will either give preliminary verbal advice on the night or will commission a post graduate law student to carry out the legal research in order to provide a one-off piece of written advice. Initially, there will be 6 evening sessions beginning on Thursday 23rd January 2014. Further information about how to book an appointment is available on the City University London website.
This is the latest addition to The City Law School's respected roster of pro bono initiatives. As well as offering free advice clinics covering civil and commercial law, City has strong partnerships with legal NGO's such as the London Innocence Project, which aims to uncover and overturn miscarriages of justice. Students also have access to international opportunities including internships in South Africa at the Women's Legal Centre and The Legal Clinic at the University of the Western Cape. There are also a number of advocacy opportunities before the courts for the students.
City also offers pro bono as an integral part of the assessment process on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) thorough three options: Free Representation Unit (Employment), Free Representation Unit (Social Security) and the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV). City has the highest number of students trained on the NCDV programme. As a McKenzie friend they advise litigants on the preparation of their case before and during the hearing.