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Pro Bono Initiatives

Southampton Law School offers a wide range of pro bono initiatives for undergraduate LLB students, with projects open to any LLB students wishing to give up their time voluntarily to help others.

Launched in 2009, the Housing Law pro bono clinic has gone from strength to strength, advising students on a range of housing concerns. Employment Law and Family Law clinics have followed suit; thus advising students across a spectrum of complex matters, and in doing so supporting access to justice at a time when legal aid is in short supply. Further, as the clinics are run by final year LLB students, in conjunction with specialist lawyers, involvement in the clinics facilitates the development of key skills, including client interviewing, team-work and case management.

All projects are supported and assisted by Southampton Law School academic staff, who work collaboratively with local and national law firms. Pro bono work is proving extremely popular with aspiring barristers and solicitors alike, enabling students to develop essential transferable skills that will be vital for them in their careers.

Law clinic volunteers with Head of School Brenda Hannigan
Law clinic volunteers with Head of School Brenda Hannigan
Staff and students promote the Law Clinics at the University
Staff and students promote the Law Clinics at the University
Law Advice Leaflet
Family Law Clinic
Law Advice Leaflet
Legal advice on housing
Law Advice Leaflet
Advice on employment

We currently offer six pro bono initiatives

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Employment clinic

The Employment Law Clinic is run by final year students studying this area of law at the University of Southampton, under the guidance of a local specialist barrister. It was set up following the success of the Housing Clinic. These clinics were established in order to encourage undergraduate law students to volunteer and gain practical legal work experience, with the support of the University and local practitioners.

Who can seek advice from the Employment Law Clinic?

The clinic offers free legal advice to current University of Southampton students. Employment law issues include discrimination, harassment, contractual issues, dismissal, and status problems. Free consultations are held with our specialist barrister at the Law School, situated on Highfield campus. Student volunteers take notes on the pertinent facts and advice offered during the consultations, which are checked by the barrister, and subsequently emailed to the clients for their future reference.

Educational and employability benefits

Law student volunteers will be equipped with practical skills that are valuable to employers. These include:

  • Interviewing clients
  • Case management
  • Team-working skills
  • Communicating with clients and legal practitioners

How to apply to volunteer

Final year students studying Employment Law will be sent an e-mail at the beginning of the academic year inviting them to apply. This is a highly popular activity and an early application is advised. There is a formal process involved, and word counts/deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

Further information and Contact details

The Employment Clinic is here to help students with employment issues. For further information please email: The Employment clinic

Appointments are held circa monthly at the School of Law, building 4, Highfield Campus.

Housing clinic

The Housing Law Clinic was set up in 2009, as part of the pro bono initiatives offered by the School of Law. The clinic is run on a voluntary basis by final year law students, in conjunction with local specialist solicitors. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate law students to volunteer and gain practical legal work experience, with the support of the University and legal practitioners.

Who can seek advice from the Housing Law Clinic?

The clinic functions as a citizens' advice-style housing clinic, offering free legal consultations for any current University of Southampton student requiring advice on renting property. Every year, similar issues arise involving private rented accommodation on which the clinic can advise. Student volunteers make notes of the consultations, which are checked by the barrister, and then emailed to the clients after their appointments for future reference.

Educational Benefits

Law student volunteers will be equipped with practical skills valuable to employers. These include:

  • Interviewing clients
  • Case management
  • Team-working skills
  • Communicating with clients and legal practitioners

How to apply to volunteer

Final year students studying Housing Law will be sent an email at the beginning of the academic year inviting them to apply. This is a highly popular activity and an early application is advised. There is a formal process involved, and word counts/deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

Further information and contact details

The Clinic is here to help students with housing issues. For further information please email The Housing clinic.

Appointments are held circa monthly at the School of Law, building 4, Highfield Campus.

Small business clinic

The Small Business Clinic is run throughout the academic year by a voluntary group of Law and Business students with the support of a local firm of Chartered Accountants offering FREE initial advice on a range of issues to include all aspects of general, legal and tax compliance matters relating to running a business in the UK.

At the business clinic we help to answer these questions:

  • Whether you have a good business idea?
  • Whether your idea can be developed into a commercial business?
  • How your IP can be safeguarded when dealing with business associates?
  • What is the most appropriate business structure for you?

Clinic days are held once a month.

Further information and contact details

For further information about the Small Business Clinic, please contact us at The Small business clinic, or visit our Facebook page.

Streetlaw

What is it?

Since 2006, the Streetlaw Programme has been successfully running in the School as part of the Pro Bono initiatives. It offers students an excellent opportunity to develop key transferable skills including team work, research, communication, negotiation as well as presentation skills.

What does it involve?

Students deliver an interactive presentation in small teams to educate a group of students at local schools or colleges about their legal rights and responsibilities in relation to a particular issue or area of law. Each team has a tutor and meets for one hour a week for 4 weeks, the presentation takes place in the fifth week. Teams work creatively to develop innovative ways of teaching to inspire their audiences using various mediums, for example – video clips; voting buttons; and participative exercises.

Why do it?

Law students can use their time and expertise to benefit the local community without having to give specific legal advice. The audience gains a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities in relation to the issue and are less likely to develop legal problems and know when to seek help.

It also provides students with an opportunity to understand more about a particular area of law as well as promoting the development of key transferable skills - great for CVs and applications.

What the schools and colleges think about Streetlaw

Thank you so much for the Streetlaw visit on Tuesday, it was brilliant. Our students really enjoyed it (and I think yours did too) and we all learnt a lot about murder! (Crestwood College)

I just wanted to email to say a huge thank you for arranging the Streetlaw presentations today. My students really enjoyed them and were fully engaged throughout, particularly with the problem questions which made them think about the application of law. The hand out will also provide an excellent revision sheet! Not many of our students have the opportunity to talk to under-graduate students about studying law and so this was a great experience for them, but also your students were brilliant at answering general questions about university life, accommodation and the differences between A levels and degrees. I hope it will inspire them to ensure that they achieve the grades they need to get to the University and courses of their choice. (Richard Taunton Sixth Form College)

I am thinking about doing Law and the talk they did was very constructive and helpful to me. (Crestwood College)

 

Further information and contact details

Students interested in taking part in the Streetlaw programme should look out for an email which will be sent at the beginning of the academic year inviting application. The Streetlaw programme is organised by Jan Steele, Careers and Employability Co-ordinator in the School of Law J.Steele@soton.ac.uk 

Family law clinic

The clinic is run in conjunction with a solicitor from Irwin Mitchell.

The Family Law Clinic is a voluntary initiative run by final year students studying family law at the University of Southampton, in conjunction with a specialist solicitor from Irwin Mitchell. The clinic was established in 2015 following the success of both the Housing and Employment Law Clinics. These clinics were established to encourage undergraduate law students to volunteer and gain practical legal work experience, with the support of the University and practitioners.

Who does the Family Law Clinic advise?

The Family Law Clinic offers free legal advice to students of the University of Southampton with family law issues. These may include matters relating to child contact and residence, welfare, domestic violence, divorce, child support. The Family Law Clinic offers free consultation appointments with our specialist solicitor at the Law School, situated on Highfield campus.

Educational Benefits

Law students will become equipped with practical skills that are valuable to employers. These include:

  • Interviewing clients
  • Case management
  • Team-working skills
  • Communicating with clients and legal practitioners

 How to apply to volunteer

Final year students studying Family Law will be sent an e-mail at the beginning of the academic year inviting them to apply. This is a highly popular activity and an early application is advised. There is a formal process involved, and word counts/deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

Further information and Contact details

The Family Law Clinic is here to help University of Southampton students with family issues. For further information please email: The Family law clinic

Appointments are held circa monthly at the School of Law, building 4, Highfield Campus.

From the most recent pro bono event to launch BarLink, more exciting new projects have developed, including the European Law Monitor website, where nine students are involved in writing articles, discussions with organisations such as Mencap, NSPCC and Community Legal Advice, Portsmouth, and meetings with leading law firm representatives from Shoosmiths.

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