Birmingham Uni launches pro bono unit

The University of Birmingham has set up its very first pro bono unit in a bid to give its students first hand experience of working with clients.

The university, which has also been running a Street Law programme for the past year, has set up a legal advice clinic with the help of law lecturer Bharat Malkani.

Head of the pro bono committee Toby McCrindle said: “There are lots of run down estates in the area so we’re going to focus mainly on housing problems and things like that. It’s fantastic because we will be able to put into practice what we are learning on a day-to-day basis.”

Although the clinic will not officially be up and running until next year the university’s pro bono committee has managed to secure sponsorship from magic circle law firm Allen & Overy.

The pro bono committee hopes to have the unit up and running by the start of the 2009/10 academic year.