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The City Law School joins forces with University of London’s Refugee Law Clinic

Delivered in partnership with Clifford Chance LLP and Macfarlanes LLP, five City student volunteers will assist in preparing asylum claims for clients at the legal clinic, which could lead to grants of refugee status or humanitarian protection.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Five students from The City Law School have been provided with an opportunity to hone their legal skills by volunteering with the University of London’s Refugee Law Clinic.

573485LLB students Angjelina Ahmeti, Zaara Ahmed and Ore Shoyinka, and GDL students Miranda Lickert and Alicia Lawson, will be offering pro bono legal advice to refugee clients.

Underserviced area

Ore, a prospective immigration barrister, says she was “immediately drawn to the clinic” because of her encounters with the UK immigration and asylum system:

“These experiences have placed me in a position to offer empathy to those being served by the clinic”.

Delivered in partnership with Clifford Chance LLP and Macfarlanes LLP, the clinic’s main legal focus will be on advising and preparing fresh claims for asylum, an area identified as underserviced in the current legal landscape. The Refugee Law Clinic, located in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Building in Russell Square, aims to complement the work of law firms and other service providers in London.

573486Initially, the primary focus of the clinic will be on Further Submissions for Asylum ('Fresh Claims').

Humanitarian protection 

Submitting a ‘fresh claim for asylum’ is the process by which a declined asylum-seeker seeks to advance further representations to make a fresh claim on the basis of important new factors (such as changed circumstances, additional evidence, etc.). A successful fresh claim can lead to a grant of refugee status or humanitarian protection. A claim that is accepted can also give rise to a further in-country right of appeal.

In cases where the Home Office makes a decision to refuse to treat representations made by an applicant as a fresh claim for asylum, Judicial Review (JR) is the only legal challenge available. In cases with a reasonable prospect  for success, it is envisaged that the Refugee Law Clinic will engage in such JR work.

The University of London Refugee Law Clinic is an inter-collegiate project of the University of London and at this stage has committed involvement from ten of the University’s Member Institutions (including The City Law School), who will each be sending students to volunteer in the clinic. The Refugee Law Clinic is structured as a direct legal service provider and is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). All work will be overseen by a supervising lawyer, supported by a coordinator and advice will be issued on the clinic’s letterhead and under the clinic’s supervising lawyer’s name.

Please visit this weblink for more information on the Refugee Law Clinic.

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