Work is now complete on the development of a new Law Clinic for the Leeds Law School which will give our students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of legal practise with real-life clients. The clinic is open to the local community and will allow our students to take on voluntary pro bono cases and offer free and impartial legal guidance under the supervision of a qualified legal professional. The clinic is located in Queen Square 10, City Campus, and has replaced the old Queen Square Wellness Centre which was previously operated by our Osteopathy courses that were discontinued in July 2017.
The new facility replaces the clinic that the Law School previously operated in the Portland building, which was growing too small and was not dedicated to the clinic’s exclusive use. The new space is a significant upgrade and features a suite of interview rooms where our students are be able to interview members of the local community, research their issues and then provide a letter of advice approved by a qualified supervisor.
As well as being fitted out with modern, professional furniture, IT and AV equipment and secure filing cabinets, each interview room has webcam surveillance installed so that the students can be closely monitored by a practising law professional when working with clients. The works have also seen the creation of a new reception and waiting area which has been furnished with contemporary seating and other professional finishes to mimic a real-life legal practice. The entrance to the clinic has also been refurbished and a brass plaque has been utilised for the external signage to again give the facility a professional feel.
Rebecca Hopkinson, Pro Bono Manager of the Leeds Law School:
“The clinic is a really exciting project that will benefit the university, the students and the local community. This new facility will open up the opportunity for real, hands on experience of legal practise to our students, as well as a chance to give something back to the members of the public who cannot usually afford it will be able to receive free legal advice. This new space will also allow us to run a new elective undergraduate module for our students that concentrates on learning through experience. Through this they will develop key transferable skills, such as interviewing, research and letter writing skills, together with significant improvement in their employability.”