These students are law-fully good
10 October 2014
Barking & Dagenham College law students are offering their services to the local community with a free weekly legal advice clinic.
A local service for local people
The students - who are all studying on the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Law - decided to set up the clinic after realising there was no Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the area offering support for local people.
Currently 13 students are involved in the project but the idea has already proved so popular that the College hopes to expand the service during the coming year.
For information on the Clinic's opening times and for appointment details please follow this link.
Supported by legal professionals
The project is fully supported by LawWorks, a company which supports lawyers to volunteer their services. This means that as well as their own skills, students have a team of qualified lawyers and barristers, who they can call upon for any additional help a client may need.
Samuel Adelowotan, 19, from Dagenham explains:
“Being able to help the local community is great. We’ve been getting enquiries about the bedroom tax but we do everything from offering advice on any legal matters to responding to letters for clients.”
Sabeena Shah, Curriculum Team Leader, at Barking & Dagenham College added:
“The students really enjoy the opportunity to put their skills into practice and experience what it is like to be a lawyer. It’s a great platform for them as they look to make their way into the legal profession.”