London South Bank University (LSBU) is set to establish two legal advice clinics in south-east London and Zambia.
The LSBU Legal Advice Clinic will open its doors in September, conducting a drop in clinic twice weekly during term time, and will be staffed by trained law student volunteers and practising solicitors.
Clinic Director and LSBU lecturer in law Alan Russell said: “The clinic is distinctive in what we do as unlike the common model where queries are filtered by the director and, provided it has educational value, given to students to research, our students will be the first point of contact, conducting all initial interviews with clients.
“It is a brilliant opportunity for students to put what they learn in the classroom into practice. We hope it will enhance our reputation for employability and make our students stand out in an increasingly competitive market.”
Local law firms, Philcox Gray & Co and Wainwright & Cummins, currently support the law clinic but Russell said that they would welcome the larger City firms getting involved in some capacity.
For the second legal advice clinic, the university has teamed up with the Law Association of Zambia and the South London Law Society to set up a centre in a district currently without any easy access to legal advice and representation.
A 34-strong team from LSBU have completed a number of challenges to raise necessary funds for the two clinics, including the 10km London Legal Walk, with the first £5,000 set to go the Zambia to help towards the setting up and running of the Clinic.