The University of Hull has set up its first ever pro bono clinic to help hard-up students as well as the public with legal issues.
Law students, working under the supervision of tutors, will offer legal services to the city’s local community under the umbrella of Hull University’s Legal Advice Centre.
The clinic will offer advice on issues such as welfare, benefits, housing, debt advice and consumer rights.
Head of the law clinic Frank Dignan said: “This is the first time the university has offered such a service and after months of preparation we’re all looking forward to the clinic opening its doors and welcoming our first clients.”
Initially the service will be a voluntary module for current law students, but will eventually become an assessed element of the law school’s offering.
Twenty-four students will form the first tranche, working in groups to deal with clients’ problems.
Dignan added: “Employability is at the forefront of many students’ minds in these competitive times, so projects such as this which help boost their practical skills are welcomed.”
The new centre will work in partnership with organisations including the Hull Community Legal Advice Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau and both Hull and East Riding councils, as well as solicitors firms Hamers and Stamp Jackson Proctor.
The Legal Advice Centre was officially opened by Home Secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP, the Rt Hon Alan Johnson on 19 February.