UCL alumni and friends raising the bar

28 October 2010

UCL Laws students have the opportunity to work in a real-time law environment thanks to an exciting new initiative. The Pro Bono project is being set up to enable students, under supervision from qualified solicitors, to offer free legal advice to members of the community.


The project, made possible in part by donations to UCL from alumni and friends, sees current and former UCL students working together to provide a valuable
resource with real-world benefits. Students are initially offering advice through other legal advice centres, but the future vision is for the Faculty to have its own advice clinic.  As well as the valuable professional experience and skills which students will gain from the project, they will also receive academic credit for their work, in the shape of a half or full course in their final year of study.

Rodney Austin, Senior Lecturer in UCL Laws, said:“ The project will make the UCL Faculty of Laws’ legal education offering more attractive to potential candidates and students. Most importantly, this project opens up access to legal advice to those unable to afford the services of a practising professional. It also gives students a broader range of learning experience outside the classroom and offers the Faculty an additional opportunity to make a positive and direct contribution to society.

“We’ve been in discussion with the College of Law as well as a number of City law firms, but have also had a number of alumni express interest in helping as well. We are delighted alumni are willing to give up their time to be involved, as the contribution of their experience will be immensely valuable to the project.”

To find out more about the Laws alumni group visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/alumni

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