Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3167: Access to Justice Clinic
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)
Miss Natasha Bellinger (Lecturer)
Mrs Kim McDonald (Lecturer)
|Available via distance learning|
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.