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.
May 22, 2013
The launch of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice has been hailed as a landmark development in the ongoing battle to provide legal assistance to vulnerable communities.
Amidst reports that further cuts to the Legal Aid budget are to be added to the £350m of savings already earmarked by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, the launch comes at a time of upheaval in legal aid funding.
The Centre aims to promote the benefits of clinical legal education alongside the provision of pro bono legal advice to vulnerable members of the community. It will operate through the provision of free legal advice and representation, clinical legal education, student engagement, community service and research projects.
May 22, 2013
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice has partnered with the Public Law Project on a unique and important project to mitigate the effects of the legal aid reforms on the most disadvantaged in society. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your legal knowledge and skills to good use in support of a project that goes to the heart of access to justice issues faced by vulnerable individuals.
The main objective of the project is to provide valuable assistance to those who have been denied legal aid under the new legal aid scheme, by assisting them with applications for exceptional funding. The project will also monitor Ministry of Justice decision making and advocate for transparency and accountability.
We are recruiting 5 volunteers in total to work 1 day per week from mid June to September. You will have the benefit of a full training day at PLP’s offices on 18 June.
April 17, 2013
Final year UCL student, Sarika Karia, had the opportunity to shadow an associate from a firm during their advice session at the Royal Courts of Justice CAB. She shares her experience below.