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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3167: Access to Justice Clinic

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Kim McDonald (Lecturer)

Miss Natasha Bellinger (Lecturer)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

With the decrease in the scope of legal aid provision, there has been an increase in litigants in person (“LIPs”) and vulnerable persons trying to access justice. Navigating the legal system is daunting, even with a lawyer. Many individuals now faced with going it alone find themselves lost and confused and often give up, thus losing their opportunity to access justice. This module is connected to the provision of a pro bono (free) public service to the community in the South West. It gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of providing legal advice to members of the public, as well as valuable research and communication skills.

After successful completion of initial training, you will have the opportunity to provide basic legal information and advice to individuals, in areas such as housing, employment, general civil litigation and welfare law (e.g. benefits). As lawyers, we have a responsibility to those that are in need of the legal system and who would not otherwise be able to effectively access it without support or assistance. This is an opportunity for you, as a potential future lawyer, to be a part of the solution.

Module created

01/02/2017

Last revised

28/09/2022