As a volunteer in the Essex Law Clinic, you'll be responsible for delivering free legal advice to vulnerable members of the community. This unique experience will give you the opportunity to gain real-life experience working on legal cases and develop your skills and interests in various areas of law, for example, housing, immigration, family, or employment law.
This exciting opportunity will mean you'll also be working alongside organisations delivering outreach projects, whilst gaining expert training and mentorship from lawyers and practitioners outside of your normal uni lectures. You'll also learn how the law actually operates in practice, and be able to demonstrate genuine practical legal experience when it matters most.
By becoming an important part of our Clinic, you'll be putting yourself in the best possible position for when it's time to hand in your library card, throw up your graduation cap, and take your next steps into your future.
The Essex Law Clinic is based in the Essex Law School on our Colchester Campus. The Law Clinic also has a number of partnerships with local organisations around Essex, so you may be working on cases at one of our various outreach clinics in the community.
We get it, you're probably wondering whether you'd be ready to take on real-life clients so early on in your law degree. Don't worry, we know it can seem daunting. Volunteering puts you at the cutting edge of legal practice, so giving you the ultimate training and education that will prepare you for working with real-life clients is our top priority from the minute you join the Law Clinic.
The clinic is a completely safe space where you're encouraged to ask questions, and where you'll be supported by experienced legal practitioners. You'll often work in pairs, and your interviews, client meetings, and any advice given will be overseen by clinic staff, or practicing lawyers.
The Clinic is currently run by a Management Committee which includes two or three appointed student directors. Students also play a role in management in the form of four firm managers. Other students also help with various clinic activities, such as developing clinic policy, organising training, publicity, communications, and social events. So, if you're interested in a future in management and developing your personal skills, there are many exciting opportunities you can take advantage of.
You can join the Law Clinic in your first year, and continue throughout your duration at Essex. Applications open in the summer for a few weeks during the start of term. 2022-23 applications are now closed but will reopen in the summer term for 2023-24 entry.
If you're in your second year, you can register for module LW250 Legal Advice Casework. If you register you'll be contacted with details about the application process to the Clinic. If you're applying through this method, the deadline for your application is usually slightly earlier, as it is required for registration at Essex.
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For more information on how to apply or the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be happy to help answer your questions.
"I want to express just how much the Clinic has had an impact on me. My three years at the Clinic have enabled me to come out of my comfort zone, build my confidence, develop my leadership, and become a far better student (and person) for it. It has been an amazing three years and the Clinic has been responsible for many of my highlights. From working on the projects, such as the Red Cross Project, to trialing the virtual clinic at the start of the COVID outbreak. It has all been brilliant and I cannot think of a single low point."
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