Director, Clinical Law Programmes

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - To be assigned

Description

Recruited in 2016 to direct the Clinical law programmes at Strathclyde, I have overseen the direct delivery of legal services to members of the general public by the students and staff of the Law Clinic.  
I have ensured students in the Clinical law programmes (CLLB) deliver high quality legal advice, case & tribunal representation, & initial advice clinics to members of the general public; deliver public outreach programmes to prisons (eg HMA Low Moss), charities (eg The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation), & schools; & deliver additional support services to the general public through external organisations (eg in collaboration with Rape Crisis Scotland, and Just Right Scotland). Students in the Law Clinic and Clinical Law degrees also assist external solicitors with staffing helplines, as well as providing case-work and administrative support to clients in immigration, employment, housing and consumer cases, amongst other types of cases.

To maximise the beneficial outcomes we deliver to members of the general public who would otherwise not qualify for Legal Aid or be able to afford legal advice, I have refined and developed the training and assessment of Clinical students to maximise their practical skills (legal writing, research, advocacy, mediation, negotiation etc) and ethical reflection. As Director of the Clinical law programmes I also maintain our links with Law Clinics nationally & internationally, including the Scottish Universities Law Clinic Network, and the Global Alliance of Justice Education.

Since 2016, the Law Clinic has provided online case assistance to 467 clients, initial advice through clinics with external solicitors to 1262 clients, worked on approximately 580 full service cases, concluded 419 cases, and won or saved £558,774 for our clients, generating enormous practical impact to members of the community who were otherwise vulnerable to receiving no legal advice or assistance.
Period9 May 2016 → …
Held atLaw Clinic, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Clinic
  • Experiential learning
  • Caselaw
  • Impact
  • Community Justice
  • Legal Aid
  • Legal Assistance