Pro Bono Projects
UCL Faculty of Las has broad range of opportunities for students to get involved in including teaching and mentoring young people, legal research projects for NGOs and charities, and practical experience of delivering legal advice and representation to those in need of legal assistance.
UCL Legal Clinic at the Guttmann Centre
*New for 15/16*
Opening in November 2015, UCL Laws will be launching a new legal clinic based in the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre in the former Olympic Park. This clinic will offer face to face general advice on any legal topic as well as specialist legal advice in family, employment, and housing to members of the local community most in need of assistance. The clinic will also be part of the Faculty's world leading access to justice research agenda. Roles in this clinic will include:
- Clinic receptionists: managing the clinic reception to be the first point of contact for those seeking advice
- General and Specialist Advice Session Advisers: working in pairs under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, students will provide both general and specialist legal advice directly to clients.
- Clinic Research Assistants: responsible for data collection and conducting interviews with individuals taking part in the research.
Working in the Guttmann, students will gain valuable hands on experience and develop a greater understanding of legal needs while providing a much needed service to one of England's most deprived boroughs.
For more information about the clinic and how to apply please visit this page.
Please note, the deadline for applications will be 14 October 2015, 5pm
What is it? A student-led initiative, the Grassroots project aims to raise awareness of human rights issues with secondary school pupils in Greater London. The project consists of both law and non-law students, who design and deliver a 4 to 8 week curriculum in schools with seminars ranging from the history of human rights, to specific rights such as stop and search or right to life, as well as the implementation of human rights both in the UK and internationally.
–To register interest please fill out the registration form (found here) or if you have any questions email Grassroots student coordinators Christine Chang (email@example.com) or Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org)
City and Islington Law Support Group Mentor
The Faculty is looking for a student volunteer (in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) to liaise with City and Islington College, in a mentoring capacity.
For the past seven years one of our undergraduates has been making weekly visits to the college, and giving brief talks on a different area of law. Previous mentor’s have concentrated on interesting topics/cases that were not too technical (CIC does not offer Law as a subject, and the students have little/no legal knowledge), which had an ethical issue involved. Previously, handouts were also given to assist with explanation and understanding. Such presentations could then be opened up into a seminar-style discussion, which the mentor would facilitate. Mentors have also held mini-debates and led group discussions on legally related issues in the news. The scheme allows for flexibility in the content presented and the mentor very much has the opportunity to bring in topics they themselves find interesting.
Further details about the role how apply can be found here: http://probonoblog.laws.ucl.ac.uk/?p=705
Please note, the deadline for applications will be 7 October 2015, 5pm
Buddy Days with IntoUniversity
The aim of this project is to ‘inspire secondary school students to view university as a viable opportunity and help them fulfil their full potential’. Students work with IntoUniversity which collaborates with schools from widening participation backgrounds and aims to not just let young people see university as a future goal but inspire them to have positive ambitions for the future. Each UCL student is paired up with 2 school students for the day and they conduct tours on campus, give presentations and conduct workshops.
The 2015 Buddy Days will take place on 7th October (training), 4th November, and 18th November.
To apply please contact UCL Student Law Society Pro Bono Officer Julia Martens at email@example.com
For more information: http://www.intouniversity.org/
LLM Social Welfare Clinic
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice has partnered with the Free Representation Unit to offer up to ten 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.
Information on how to apply for the LLM Social Welfare Clinic will be available in December
Lawyers without Borders UCL Student Division
The UCL Lawyers without Border Student Division operates under the larger international Lawyers without Borders Organisations. Students working on this project will work to support LWOB's work internationally through producing research, country guides and briefing papers as well as through raising awareness of international human rights issues and fundraising. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the LWOB UK Student Conference and Competition.
For more information: http://www.lwob.org/
Public Legal Education and Help Guides
To empower both young people and adults to understand their legal rights and responsibilities, we run workshops in schools as well as produce short guides on certain areas of law such as benefits and employment.
From January, selected students will have the opportunity to volunteer with The Forum, an organisation dedicated to promoting the rights of migrants and refugees using a holistic approach. Students working on this project will have the opportunity to assist clients to simplify legal procedures from assisting clients with benefits appeals to ensuring that legal forms are filled out correctly and understood.
For more information: http://migrantforum.org.uk/
*Not currently running in 15/16*
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice will launch a freely available information resource on Alternative Dispute Resolution for members of the public, charities, third sector organisations, practitioners, academics, and students in 2014. A source of both independent and impartial information, the website is a highly valuable resource in the current context of increasing recourse to ADR as a result of cuts to legal aid. Under supervision, a team of students will research, edit and update the website to include the most recent policy papers, court cases and commentary on ADR across a diverse range of areas. Students will also assist in developing an important public legal information section on ADR in areas such as benefits, health and social care, housing and homelessness, employment and family law.
Pathways to Law
UCL students act as mentors to prospective law students thorough the Pathways programme. As part of the programme we run a Human Rights Masterclass each year where school students have the opportunity to explore human rights issues by way of debate and discussion and receive an introduction in the study of Human Rights and Public Law at University level.
Freelaw Shadowing Scheme
As part of this shadowing experience, students undergo training with the trainees from Clifford Chance and attend Citizens Advice Clinic sessions over a five week period. Cases deal with all areas of law across the social welfare spectrum (housing, benefits, employment and family law). During this time, students have the opportunity to observe advice giving as well as being tasked with carrying out ad hoc pieces of research or drafting for the solicitors as requested.
Crime and Citizenship Scheme
The Law Society provides volunteers for this project, run by the Crime and Citizenship Society at UCL (overseen by VSU). Students are trained by the society itself, to deliver interactive sessions to primary school students about criminal law and their citizenship rights.
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