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Pro Bono

The Pro Bono Group offers students the opportunity to apply their legal knowledge in a rewarding and charitable environment. Pro Bono work is highly regarded by a variety of firms and organisations who seek graduate employees. We work with a number of local firms and professionals in the community in order to support the students and staff at the University as well as the greater population. 

As a member of Pro Bono, you will have the opportunity to attend a number of educational and enriching events over the course of the year. Last year these events included several Workshops and  the professional Meet and Greet networking event held in Harry Peach Library and Council Chambers. We will also be offering an educational field trip in January 2019, which will be a 3-day excursion to Amsterdam visiting The Hague. 

This year students will have the largest number of teams to apply to than we have ever had before. The teams that you are able to apply for include: The Legal Advice Clinic, The Miscarriages of Justice Team, The Street Law Team, The Lawyers Without Borders Team, Project Light, The Insight Project, Amicus Charity, Immigration and Asylum Project and Litigants in Person.Please follow the Pro Bono Group link to find out more about the work we do and the opportunities that we can provide you with. We encourage students from all courses to apply." 

Street Law Project: 

We have a team of Presenters and Team Leaders who are tasked with visiting different organisations, including schools and youth groups, and presenting on a range of different topics including Criminal Law, Civil Law and topical Legal Issues.

If you love presenting and meeting people from a wide variety of backgrounds, this is the Project for you! Equally if you enjoy researching topical legal issues, this is the project for you!

Any questions, please contact the Director of the Street Law Project, Gabrielle Porter gp217@student.le.ac.uk

Legal Advice Clinic:

The legal advice clinic offers free legal advice to students, staff and members of the general public. Common areas of advice given include: employment law, housing and tenant.

Contact us on twitter @UoLlegaladviceclinic or follow the link below to find out more: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/welfare/legal-advice

Any questions, please contact the Director of the Legal Advice Clinic, Ryan Yap rcjy1@student.le.ac.uk 

AMICUS:

Amicus is an American charity who helps to provide fair representation for those facing the death penalty in the U.S, and is the only legal charity on campus! 

This year we are also introducing a BRAND NEW Amicus Research team where students will be updating reports on each of the death penalty states, summarising the current legal and political position and reviewing recent caselaw.   

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in or if you have any questions please email Harrison Jowett, hj141@student.le.ac.uk for application forms and more information!

If you would like more information, please visit the Amicus website: www.amicus-alj.org.uk

Miscarriages of Justice:

The Miscarriages of Justice Program is a great way to engage practically with real-world criminal law cases. We work closely with the case files of prisoners who have maintained their innocence and who have exhausted all other means of appeal. With the goal of discovering new legal grounds, we review the legal practices, evidence and witness statements and submit an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. 


If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with or if you have any questions please email the Director of the Miscarriages of Justice Project Pav Juss at psj9@student.le.ac.uk

The Insight Project

The Insight Project aims to reach out and connect with young people through Crime Clubs to spark an interest in the law or topics related to law. We aim to do this by visiting schools and conducting fun and engaging sessions based on the topics of law and crime, intending to introduce topics and themes which they would not usually learn about in their curriculum in a fun and interactive way. 

If you have any questions please contact the Director of the Insight Project Paul Newton at pmn10@student.le.ac.uk 

Project LIGHT

Project LIGHT's purpose is to provide healthcare and legal support to homeless people in Leicester, through volunteering opportunities with the City Council and local charities such as The Bridge, Action Homeless and the Y Support Project.

If you have any questions please contact the Director of Project LIGHT Megan Devereaux at md405@student.le.ac.uk

Immigration & Asylum Project 

The Immigration and Asylum Project aims to support asylum seekers who lack the funds to make an asylum claim. This year, the project is hoping to work with the Red Cross, volunteering with their Refugee Services team. This role involves working on case files of vast variety, providing us with more knowledge of the asylum process. The Red Cross also provide outstanding training to ensure we are equipped for the role, which will give lots of assistance to anyone wishing to study immigration law or work in the immigration field. 

If you have any questions, contact the Project Director Lydia Selcuk at zs128@student.le.ac.uk

Lawyers Without Borders- Student Division

Lawyers Without Borders is a charitable organisation that harnesses the pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives.
The main aim is to develop, manage and support initiatives in the human rights and global capacity building sectors through recruiting, managing and harnessing financial and volunteer resources which engage all sectors of civil society in a globally oriented collaborative pro bono effort.As a Student Division of LWOB, our main goal is to contribute to our parent organisation’s global efforts by engaging in pro bono work, for the most part through legal research, as well as to help spread the awareness regarding the initiatives undertaken by Lawyers Without Borders.

If you have any questions, please contact the Project Director, Sonia Gandhi at stag3@student.le.ac.uk 

Litigants in Person

The Litigants in Person Project strives to help individuals that are currently not eligible for legal aid and do not have the financial means to fund their own cases. Student volunteers will work in the Leicester County Court assisting litigants with their cases by accompanying them into proceedings to take notes, fill out forms, and prepare legal bundles. Students will also have the responsibility of conducting interviews with service users to determine if there are any financial options for an individual to fund their own cases or if there is any opportunity for a third party charity to offer specialist aid. 

All volunteers will have the opportunity to be trained following the C.L.O.C.K (Community Legal Companion) training program, as well as topic specific training provided by the courts and our solicitor partners. Students will also have the invaluable opportunity to network directly with practicing solicitors and members of the judiciary along with multiple charitable organizations. 

If this Pro Bono Project interests you, we encourage you to apply. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Emily Howard, eah36@student.le.ac.uk 

 

For further enquiries/questions please feel free to email: probono@leicester.ac.uk  or contact the Chief Officer of our society, Elle Phipps at ecp9@student.le.ac.uk 

 

Membership fee: £10 

 

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