Our Prono Bono programme has grown to include a number of partnership programmes at local, national and international level. We encourage you to play an active role in the daily running of these projects and in the development of both new and existing projects.
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
AvMA is an independent charity which provides support and impartial advice about the options open to people who have been affected by a medical accident or error. CLS students have the opportunity to volunteer on the helpline service open five days a week between 10am to 5pm and staffed entirely by volunteers. The helpline enables people affected by medical accidents to receive easier access to a sympathetic, well-informed adviser. All volunteers are trained by AvMA on clinical negligence and required to undertake at least one, two hour shift at regular intervals.
Assisting with Housing Law claims
This scheme provides a unique opportunity for BPTC and LPC students to volunteer with Bishop Lloyd Jackson solicitors in the area of housing law (disrepair).
Blackfriars Settlement Advice Clinic
This is one of our partnership clinics that works with a firm of solicitors where the lawyers provide advice to the client in an interview. Students can observe the advice being given and assists with obtaining client details and instructions beforehand and maintaining accurate records. The students use The City Law School facilities for doing this and they attend at the clinic in Waterloo on a Wednesday evening rota system.
The aim of this project is for pupils from local state schools (16-18 year olds) to engage with the law, courts and legal profession. Students attend and meet judges at the Supreme Court, receive seminars on legal careers from local firms of solicitors and undertake mock trials, etc.
Centre for Criminal Appeals (CCA)
CCA is the nation’s first criminal appeals charity law firm, taking cases to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) and the Court of Appeal. CLS in conjunction with the Centre have launched a new clinical programme where students will review miscarriage of justice cases and help prepare them for submission to the CCRC. The programme has two parts: training and student placements. The training is open to everyone, but there will only be eight places for students. The placement starts from mid-September to mid-February and students commit to one day a week during term time. Students work alongside CCA solicitors reviewing papers, taking advice from Counsel, researching legal and forensic issues and where appropriate, meet with the prisoner and their family members.
City Enterprise Service
LLB, GE LLB and GDL students are able to offer verbal advice to people who have set up small businesses. The advice given is supervised by a number of lawyers from local City solicitor's firms. Advice is over a range of subjects including anything from how to set up a company to insolvency.
City/Matrix School Exclusions Project
This is a partnership with a set of chambers in which law students provide advice and support to parents and children who are dealing with exclusion. Law students are trained as advocates and take cases to governing body and local authority appeal panels.
This scheme provides advice and representation for Litigants-in-Person (LiPs) using the winding up court in the High Court (Rolls Building). It is administered by BPTC and LPC City Law School students, and voluntary barristers from the Chancery and commercial bar will provide advice and representation to the LiPs. Student volunteers receive training before they volunteer on the scheme. Every year around 12 students are placed on a rota for the High Court.
City, University of London Student Union Service
This involves students assisting, advising and representing students at City, University of London in relation to disciplinary, plagiarism, appeals, or complaints hearings. The office is located at Northampton Square and students are required to commit themselves to one block of four hours per week. It is a great opportunity for students to carry out casework and representation before various university bodies. It has proved to be a great success with our students and those clients who benefit from the service.
Free Legal Advice Service
The aim of the Free Legal Advice 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. It covers all areas of civil law, excluding immigration and provided the matter is not too complex and no court proceedings have been issued.
Free Representation Unit (FRU)
This is an opportunity for students to advise and represent clients in the Employment and Social Security Tribunals after having undergone a training programme. Similar to the National Centre for Domestic Violence option, BPTC students can either do this as a Pro Bono activity or choose it as an option subject whereby their involvement on a case is then assessed as part of the BPTC process. All LPC students can apply to work with FRU but as yet it is not available as an option subject.
Greenwich Housing Rights
CLS has a partnership with this organisation to supply student volunteers for this well established independent housing advice centre, which offers specialist housing advice to the residents of the London Borough of Greenwich. Students help to run a drop in and telephone advice line. Full training on housing law is provided and students act in a triage role as well as draft basic letters and complete forms for members of the public.
National Centre for Domestic Violence
It provides students with an opportunity to work with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) as a McKenzie friend which involves assisting and advising a litigant in person, in the preparation of their case and during the hearing . They may be given an opportunity to address the court. One of the main roles is also to prepare court papers for the emergency hearing.
Students are trained on this before they begin the course and may either volunteer for the NCDV as a McKenzie friend or volunteer . BPTC students can convert their involvement into the option subject to be assessed as part of their course. All LPC students can apply to work with NCDV, but as yet it is not available as an option subject.
Pakistan Death Row Legal Research
Students will have an opportunity to work with a qualified member of staff to undertake legal research on behalf of Reprieve on death row cases before the Pakistani courts. Students work with the member of staff either independently or in small teams on a range of issues. The programme runs from October to February.
Research Project for the United Nations
Every year we invite students to apply for work on a legal research project for the UN on issues surrounding the past Serbian conflict.
Schools Consent Project
The Schools Consent Project is a lawyer-run initiative which visits schools to discuss the legal definition of ‘consent’ and key sexual offences (including ‘sexting’) with students aged 11-18. We aim to normalise conversations about consent in order to challenge sexually harmful attitudes amongst young people. This is a great opportunity for students to learn presentational skills around a specific legal area and students will be trained before going into the classroom.
School Exclusions Project
This is a partnership with a set of chambers where by our LLB, GE LLB and GDL students offer advice and support to parents and children who have been expelled from School and where representation is also offered before educational appeal panels.
South African Ubuntu Internship Programme
We send two students per year on a self-financed trip to an internship programme at the Western Cape University over the summer. On the internship students assist with the advice clinic, carry out street law projects and go with attorneys to observe court hearings. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and is akin to working in a South African attorney's office with all the attendant learning outcomes.
South African Women's Legal Centre
Every year we send two student volunteers to an advice centre in Cape Town to work with lawyers and advisers in a campaigning women's law centre. The internship can be anything from six weeks to six months. You will assist in human rights, domestic violence and educational work.
Every year the School tries to undertake educational and training programmes with the local community through our law students running legal sessions with local youth clubs, religious establishments, schools, etc. It usually involves giving talks and presentations on aspects of the law that they requested, for example on areas relating to the criminal process, offensive weapons, and drugs.
Texas Death Row Internship, Austin, USA (September 2017)
The City Law School has secured up to three internship places at the law offices of leading death penalty defence lawyers, in Austin, Texas. The internship is self-financed, runs for 3 months from September to December 2017. Open to LPC and BPTC students graduating in the summer of 2017.
BPTC students, undertaking the employment law option in their third term, have the opportunity to work with the City, University of London trade union in assisting members with their enquiries. They also have an opportunity to provide presentations on areas of labour law and employment to the Executive Committee of the union.
Vocalise is an award winning volunteer programme established by Gray’s Inn and has become the focal point of debating at Gray’s Inn since 2010. Students are trained to teach debating over a 12 week period. Following this period, students then go into prisons and schools to teach debating. The scheme has recently got more publicity as an article was published about it in the Guardian.
This opportunity is extremely beneficial for students to take part in as the training involves a lot of public speaking and debating which strengthens advocacy abilities.