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.

Now Recruiting: RCJ CAB Shadowing Scheme

June 16, 2014

Slaughter and May RCJ CAB Shadowing- CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Three more dates have become available for undergraduate students to shadow Slaughter and May solicitors undertaking work at the Royal Courts of Justice’s Citizens Advice Bureau. The Bureau aims to provide assistance to litigants in person on potential claims and proceeds with which they are involved, including legal advice on the merits and on procedural points that may arise. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to see lawyers deal with litigants in person and the provision of legal advice. 


Available dates: 

  • Thursday 3 July: 14.00-17.00
  • Tuesday 5 August: 10.00-13.00
  • Friday 5 September: 10.00-13.00


PAID Opportunity to work at the UCLU Rights & Advice Centre

June 10, 2014

Dear All,

An opportunity has arisen through the UCL Centre for Access to Justice to undertake paid work with the UCLU Rights and Advice Centre as Immigration Advice Assistants. 

The role:

Students will be trained specifically in Tier 4 immigration rules to conduct one-to-one meetings with international students to check their Tier 4 Applications. Students will also provide administrative support to the Advice & Welfare staff team. 

Time Commitment: 

 Students are asked to commit to a minimum of 3 shifts per week. Shifts are 4.5 hours each and run either from 9:30am-1pm or 2pm-5:30pm. Students may be able to sign up for more shifts should they wish. 

  • The role runs roughly from 11th September to the 10th of October with a two week training period taking place on an ad hoc basis over 2 weeks prior from the 1st September- 10th September. The training period will consist of roughly 3 shifts with some individual session training. Students will receive remuneration while being trained. 


  • £9.48 per hour 


Now Recruiting: Summer Social Welfare Clinic

May 7, 2014

About the Opportunity: 

The UCL Centre for Access to Justice has partnered with the Free Representation Unit to offer up to eight students the opportunity to undertake supervised pro bono casework over the summer.  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. 

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