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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 students wishing to give up their time voluntarily to help others.

The clinics advise 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. 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 extremely popular with aspiring barristers and solicitors alike, enabling students to develop essential transferable skills that will be vital for them in their careers.

Southampton Law School pro bono work

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BarLink

Students who are seriously intending to go to the Bar have the opportunity to be twinned with a Barrister specialising in criminal law, employment law, family law or housing law.

The programme is run collaboratively with Barristers from a local Chambers. 12 College Place, and has proved to be very successful as well as popular. It represents a fantastic opportunity for students and some of those who have taken part have commented below:

Further information can be found on the BarLink page.

Streetlaw

What is it?

The Streetlaw Programme 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 can be found on the Streetlaw page.

Law Clinic

The Southampton Law Clinic offers free, confidential legal advice to University staff and students and in doing so, supporting access to justice at a time when legal aid is in short supply. The clinic offers help on a wide range of complex matters including housing, property and tenancy, employment issues, family disputes, legal tech and small business. The sessions are run under the supervision of solicitors and assisted by student interns. The Law Clinic provides the interns with the kind of hands-on experience of client interviewing, legal research and drafting skills while helping the clients.


To book an appointment, please email lawclinic@soton.ac.uk.

Data Protection & Legal Tech Clinic

The Data Protection & Legal Tech (DPLT) Clinic is run throughout the academic year by Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon and a group of volunteer student interns from the School of Law. Sophie is Professor of IT Law and Data Governance at the University of Southampton and Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta. She specialises in matters of Information Technology (IT) law and in particular data protection, privacy, information security, anonymisation and intermediary liability.

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is becoming increasingly clear that following best practice around data can make a key difference in successfully establishing a startup.

Privacy is becoming a top business priority as well as a competitive advantage. If you are running a data-driven startup or even a startup that has any data component, don’t miss this opportunity to discuss how to ensure your data protection compliance strategy is robust in this free ‘data protection surgery’. Appointments are one-to-one with Sophie, who will be accompanied by student interns who will be able to research specific information you require.

Appointments with the DPLT Clinic are available to staff and students based at the University of Southampton.

To book your free one-to-one session, please email alex@futureworlds.com

Southampton Law students investigate controversial joint enterprise laws

In 2018 a group of students from the School worked with the national campaign, JENGbA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association). JENGbA’s sustained campaigning resulted in the Supreme Court reaching a landmark decision acknowledging that the law on joint enterprise had been misinterpreted by the courts for over 30 years.

High profile prosecutions under this legislation include those convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, but also many young people who campaigners argue were little more than ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’.

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