02 October 2013
A new scheme is being launched this month that will accredit law students to give advice at law centres.

Pro Bono Community has been launched by Olliver Hyams, a pupil at 1 Essex Court, and David Dowling, a trainee at Baker & McKenzie. It will put students through a comprehensive course that will enable them to provide appropriate advice. Classes are initially ninety minutes a week for six weeks and start on 21st October at the City Law School on Grays Inn Road. Students who complete the first phase of the course will be able to take a more detailed module in which they can specialise in a specific area of law such as welfare.

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After getting start-up funding from the Legal Education Foundation (the charity created after the sale of the College of Law) the scheme has now got the support of the major law schools and firms including Ashurst, Bakers, Bates Wells & Braithwaite, CMS, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Hogan Lovells.

Law centres are on their knees as a result of cuts in funding, and there's a huge need for properly qualified volunteers. This scheme could make a real difference, and any interested students should click here for more information. The deadline for applications is Friday 11th October.
 
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Comments

Anonymous 04 Oct 13

Better still, don't vote Tory at the next election - then you really can make a difference.

Anonymous 07 Oct 13

It is not the economy which is hurting law centre's the most. It is the devastation of legal aid by the Tory-led government in pursuit of some wholly illusory cost-savings. The costs to councils and the NHS of personal and family breakdowns is already rising. Good legal advice could have avoided homelessness and incorrect withdrawal of benefits in many many cases

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