The City Law School is set to add an innovative pro bono advice module to its undergraduate law degree programme.
The scheme is thought to be the third of its kind in the country with only the Universities of Portsmouth and Reading offering something similar to their LLB students.
Sarwan Singh, director of pro bono at The City Law School said: “We hope that by targeting undergraduates more students will become involved in pro bono work at an earlier stage – undergraduates are often left out by companies and charities.”
The optional programme is expected to last two years and students must to commit 75-100 hours of training in their first year, which will be followed by a total of 20 days of advisory work at a local Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in year two. The students will also be required to write a 3,000 word reflective essay as well as complete a further four-day training course.
Following completion of the module students will gain a CAB ‘general adviser’ qualification as well as a certificate of advisory practice from the Institute of Paralegals.
The law school hopes to launch the module in September 2011.