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New law module will help students to develop commercial awareness

The City Law School's advice clinic for businesses will run as an elective this academic year

nullCity Enterprise Services, the popular legal advice clinic set up by The City Law School, returns for a second year following overwhelmingly positive feedback from both students and the public. Its success means that, during the 2012-13 academic year, students will be able to complete a whole elective on the subject.

The volunteer run project was created by Senior Lecturer, David Collins, along with City alumnus Eric Klotz, using funding from a grant from the Higher Education Academy. Staffed by City Law School students and supervised by professionals including barristers, solicitors and accountants, it offers accessible legal and commercial advice to owners of small businesses and start-ups.

Students gain a practical understanding of relevant law including commercial contracts, intellectual property, employment and business planning.  David Collins, Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London and co-founder of City Enterprise Services commented:

"The City Law School offers a great range of pro-bono opportunities aimed at helping people with benefits or landlord disputes but this is the first project completely dedicated to commercial endeavours. The only way to get a job in law today is to have commercial awareness and this clinic offers students the opportunity to gain that experience while working on their degrees. In keeping with its strong professional focus, the City Law School is at the forefront of this initiative by offering a commercial, clinic-based module".

Students will be eligible to take the module in the third year of the undergraduate LLB and during the second year of the postgraduate LLB. Students taking City's well respected Graduate Diploma in Law will get the chance to volunteer at the clinic in the second term of the academic year.

The clinic sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings in the University's College Building starting at 6pm on October 2nd. Further information can be found on the clinic's dedicated web page on the City University website or on Meetup.

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