Practical experience of law in action
Our Law Clinic gives students an opportunity to put theory into practice. As part of their degree, students work in our Law Clinic advising members of the public in conjunction with a number of local organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Girlington Advice Centre.
The Law Clinic provides free comprehensive legal advice to members of the public. Family matters, relationship breakdown, divorce, employment issues, civil disputes and neighbour disputes are all within the scope of the Clinic. Reductions in the availability of Legal Aid have meant that many of the cases dealt with are those for which no other free assistance is available. There is unmet legal need in the Bradford district and the work of the Clinic gives students the chance to help members of the local community.
Students are trained to interview and advise members of the public on a wide range legal issues. Working as part of a team, students discuss the case and decide whether the client is in need of legal advice. Under the guidance of the Clinic Director, students then prepare advice for their client.
Our strapline is "Delivering Education through Public Service" and we think that perfectly encapsulates precisely what we do Ian Miller. Law Clinic Director
Students have the opportunity to receive formal training on immigration law, leading to the award of OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) Level 1 and 2 qualifications through collaboration with Girlington Advice Centre. This gives students the opportunity to be involved in giving immigration advice whilst earning recognised qualifications.
Importantly, the Clinic gives students the chance to deal with real cases as presented by real clients. Students learn the skills that will serve them well in their future careers – practical application of the law which is essential to the development of young lawyers. Students also develop other essential skills such as teamwork and become aware of the wider practicalities of legal practice such as client confidentiality, legal ethics and record keeping.
“The Law Clinic provides students with first-hand, hands-on experience of advising clients which would undoubtedly prove invaluable in any career they choose after graduating.” Kaptuiya Tembo, Lecturer in Law
The Law Clinic gave me an opportunity to interact directly with people affected by the blunt end of the legal aid reforms. Mohammad Haroon, LLB Law