UCL Pro Bono – encouraging law students to put their knowledge and skills to practical use in the community, learning how to use the law as an effective instrument for social change.
This blog provides an online space for students to engage with each other and the public on issues relevant to their pro bono and clinical work in the community.
December 2, 2013
Law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or inbetween stages) are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.
This year’s essay title is: ‘Applying human rights and humanitarian law, in what circumstances should forcible measures be permitted against a state that is subjecting its people to human rights abuses?’
The deadline for entries is 21 February 2014.
The winner will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up receives book tokens to the value of £250. We will also publish both essays. The prize-giving event will take place at the Law Society in late April 2014, where the winner may give a short speech.
The winners will be announced on the night.
November 20, 2013
GREENWICH INCLUSION PROJECT (GRIP) / MAPPING FOR CHANGE
SCOPING PROJECT: PERCEPTION MAPPING OF RACIST VIOLENCE AND/OR HARASSMENT IN SOUTH LONDON
This is an ideal opportunity for a student to gain valuable experience of working in a community organisation that is focused on securing human rights and equality. Specifically, we are tackling Hate Crime in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) and surrounding areas.
This project will actively engage with communities to tackle underreporting of racist violence and harassment. It will sensitively document how communities have experienced or observed hate incidents. The generation of community maps will be used as ‘strategic evidence’ to inform practice and policy. Importantly, it can also counter narratives that support the idea that racist violence and harassment is no longer a problem.
The volunteer role will include:
- Undertaking a review around policy and practice to document evidence gaps;
- Community engagement with key organisations;
- Sketching out an action research proposal for a short project;
- Developing links with UCL and GRIP to build a body of work for the future.
We encourage ideas of the volunteers to shape the work and develop projects, and you’ll be well supported by our staff team.
TIME COMMITMENT: 7 hours per week, worked flexibly
For more information, please contact John Braime email@example.com
November 6, 2013
Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) is now accepting applications for its May 2014- August 2014 International Legal Studies Externship Clinic.
Through the clinic, legal studies externs achieve a greater understanding of the dynamic relationship between academic knowledge and its practical application to legal education and access to justice issues that arise in communities. The program is not limited to students studying in the legal field; it is also open to non-law students, people who have graduated, and those who are already professionally working.
The BABSEA CLE International Legal Studies Externship Clinic offers an opportunity to make a real contribution helping people achieve access to justice through strengthening legal education in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia while being involved in a remarkable experience of living and working in the Southeast Asia region.