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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.

Volunteer Trainee Advisor & Advocate Role at Community Links

May 28, 2015

The role

This position is open to both undergraduates and post graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue a career in law.

Community Links is an anti-poverty charity based in Newham, east London, where you will be joining our award-winning Advice Team. Under the supervision of a solicitor, we provide interns with training and legal work experience, whilst they offer advice to some of the most vulnerable members of our community

Our volunteering traineeship runs from late May / early June to September 2015.

It attracts a lunch and travel allowance and requires a commitment of 4 days, per week, on:

o   Tuesdays, from 8:45am to 6:30pm, and

o   3 other weekdays from 9.00am to 6:30pm


Community Links looking for Trainee Advisor

February 19, 2015


As part of Community Links’ Advice Team, reporting to one of our solicitors, you will be advising clients on their rights and undertaking detailed and forensic casework, in order to continue the charity’s role of alleviating poverty in the community.

You will be responsible for your own caseload of clients and will be taught the following transferrable skills, so that you can practice law whist under the supervision of a solicitor:

  • Client interviewing
  • Taking detailed instruction
  • Assisting clients with initial claims procedures
  • Drafting of file notes, advice letters and legal documents, including letters of instruction to expert witnesses
  • Perusing evidence and assessing the merits of cases
  • Drafting submission
  • Case management, file management and file closure protocols, to Legal Service Commission Specialist Quality Mark and the Solicitors; Code of Conduct standards


LLM Social Welfare Clinic

January 19, 2015

About the Opportunity:

The UCL Centre for Access to Justice has partnered with the Free Representation Unit to offer up to five LLM students the opportunity to undertake supervised pro bono casework.  Students will represent clients in respect of benefits applications and appeals at Social Security Tribunal. They will interview and advise clients, research and write legal arguments and conduct advocacy in areas including incapacity benefit, disability living allowance, housing and council tax benefits. Students working in this clinic represent clients both in the first-tier and upper tribunals.  The CAJ partnership involves added supervision and management by FRU legal officers.

After unprecedented cuts to legal aid, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your legal skills for a very worthwhile cause.

Selected students must be able to attend a full day of FRU training on Saturday, 21st February, 2015 and successfully pass a FRU exam.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position please submit

  • A CV. Please include in your CV a breakdown of module results from your undergraduate law degree (or equivalent).
  • A statement of interest including any legal professional qualifications, relevant experience and demonstrable interest in pro bono work.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Thursday,12th February, 2015.

Completed applications should be submitted to Shiva Riahi (

The deadline for applications is the Thursday, 5th February, 4pm.

For more information about the Centre for  Access to Justice