The City Law School has a long history of involvement with pro bono activities dating back 20 years to when we were based in the Inns of Court.
Pro Bono Publico is a Latin term which means “for the public good”. In plain English it translates as the contemporary term “Law IRL.”
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We provide our students with the opportunity to experience the law beyond the classroom whilst widening access to justice and the legal profession. We offer City Law School students many opportunities to obtain experience to benefit their future career pathways. These broadly fall into the following categories:
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City Community Legal Advice Centre
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Legal Work Placements
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Read more about our programme
Find out more about mock trials
Company Insolvency Pro Bono Scheme
Read more about our free company insolvency service.
Schools Exclusion Project
Read more about our free service for families.
Experience law beyond the classroom
By undertaking these activities students will enhance their CV, whilst gaining valuable skills to take into their future legal career. The experiences will help develop competencies for entry into the legal profession or graduate employment.
The Director of the City Community Legal Advice Centre (CityCLAC) has put in place a wide range of activities open to students at each stage of their studies with The City Law School. This ‘ladder’ of opportunities will develop the experience needed to improve your employability, and effectively prepare students to start building a career in the law or other graduate employment.
What our students say
From year 1 of the LLB course, students are offered the opportunity to attend court visits to observe hearings, volunteer for placements where they will develop their skills, and observe an advice session in the Community Legal Advice Centre, where they have the privilege of observing qualified lawyers providing legal advice to real clients.
As a student progresses with their studies additional opportunities become available, for example becoming a Student Adviser in the City Community Legal Advice Centre, or volunteering with a City Law School pro bono project such as the Schools Exclusion Project or the Company Insolvency Pro Bono Scheme.
Widening access to justice and the legal profession
The LawIRL Director, an experienced solicitor, and the Centre Coordinator, work hard to source new and interesting placements every year. Current opportunities are advertised on our Moodle page accessible to current students, at the start of each term. Advice is always on hand if students want to volunteer closer to home, rather than in and around The City Law School.
An active annual programme of court visits and mock trials are arranged for students to get a feel for court etiquette, and witness advocacy in real life. Participating in mock trials helps develop our students’ confidence, teamwork and advocacy skills in a safe environment. Mock trials are a really valuable and fun activity to take part in.
Message from Director Sally Gill
As a service we love partnering with law firms, not for profits and individual lawyers committed to providing access to justice for the public, to attempt to redress the balance of the legal aid cuts.
We work with a number of esteemed partners in the provision of legal advice and services. We are proud of our partnerships, and extend out thanks to the many lawyers who volunteer their time to help us widen access to justice and access to the profession.
We also have partnerships with the not-for-profit sector where we send students to volunteer, helping provide much needed services to members of the local City community and wider community of London.
If you are interested in partnering up with the LawIRL at the City Law School please get in touch with Sally Gill the Director of the LawIRL and City Community Legal Advice Centre.
City's Community Legal Advice Centre wins national award for Best New Pro Bono Activity in the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards
The City Law School’s City Community Legal Advice Centre (CityCLAC), has won the award for Best New Pro Bono Activity at the Lawworks Student Pro Bono Awards 2023.
The School Exclusion Project was also highly commended in the ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’ category.
The awards celebrate the best Pro Bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools from across the UK, the winners of the Advocate and LawWorks Law School Challenge 2022-2023 were also recognised.
The Award winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Thursday 27th April with the Attorney General, the Rt Hon. Victoria Prentis KC MP.
Find out more about our achievements and read the article here.