College of Law (CoL) students donned their aprons this morning (10 November) to serve breakfast to the homeless as part of their activities for National Pro Bono Week.
The would-be lawyers took part in the weekly voluntary work at the Dellow Day Centre, in London’s East End, as part of their induction for the centre’s legal advice clinic, run in partnership with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Reed Smith.
CoL Moorgate-branch pro bono coordinator Stella Dunn said: “The feedback I get from students is they love coming here. It partly provides a regular voluntary service to Dellow, but also helps students feel comfortable here when they come to the legal advice clinic.
“The clinic allows them to develop their legal skills, develop client care skills and meet clients that a City law firm wouldn’t necessarily deal with. It is about seeing another side of legal service,” she added.
Dunn added that the clinic is an important way to develop interviewing skills and meet real clients with real legal problems.
CoL’s Moorgate branch covers eight sessions through the academic year, allowing students to work with voluntary advisers to help the homeless with legal matters.
Legal Practice Course student Sora Jeon said: “It’s really nice to do something outside of the college and really get involved with people. I’ve done other pro bono in the past, but this is more firsthand.”