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Natalie Bird

Natalie Bird studies Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School

"Working with pro bono allowed me to use the drafting skills that I am learning on the BPTC, with real-life clients as opposed to hypothetical cases"

The Chambers of William Clegg QC

Legal practice specialising in immigration.

Which pro bono project did you work on?

The Intervene Immigration Project with Kesar & Co.

What did you have to do?

I assisted an immigration solicitor and prepared online applications to review refusals of asylum claims. I also helped compile a bundle for the urgent judicial review of an asylum claimant's case and raced across London in order to file it at the Upper Tribunal before the claimant was due to be removed back to Albania on a flight the next morning!

Did you take part in any pro bono activity before coming to The City Law School?

I helped to co-ordinate the Free Law Advice branch of the Cambridge University Students' Pro Bono Society.

Did you find the pro bono experiences beneficial to your studies?

Definitely, as it allowed me to use the drafting skills that I am learning on the BPTC, with real-life clients as opposed to hypothetical cases.

What do you think are the benefits of taking part in pro bono activities/projects?

You get to put your legal training into action in a way that you simply can't during your scheduled lessons, and (hopefully) assist people that might otherwise not have benefited from any legal assistance.

Do you have any advice or tips for new students who will take part in pro bono projects in the future?

I recommend that you sign up for as many projects as you are interested in - you will be able to make time for them, and you will greatly enjoy them, so just get stuck in.