Kent law clinic gets green light to expand into new field

The University of Kent has the go-ahead to expand its law clinic into the field of immigration and asylum following a £180,000 donation.

john fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick

Following the receipt of funding from three separate international charities, the law clinic is able to support a new solicitor post, which will in turn increase its client base and student numbers.

Clinic director Professor John Fitzpatrick said: “This is a great boost for those people who really need expert assistance, and for the students who will gain a wonderful opportunity to engage with the law as it operates in this area, and with its impact in society.”

Unbound Philanthropy, the Samuel Sebba Trust and the Metropolitan Migrant Foundation donated £90,000, £45,000 and £45,000 respectively.

The development of the immigration and asylum section of the clinic is part of an overall £4.7m for expansion announced last year (5 December 2011).

The clinic, which has scooped a number of awards including Best Contribution by a Law School in the Attorney General’s 2011 pro bono awards, has received an initial donation of £500,00 from a former University of Kent student (31 March 2011).