The School of Law, Accounting and Finance is running its own Legal and Financial Advice Clinic (Lafac) to offer pro-bono assistance to members of the public. Located in the centre of Cardiff, and staffed by trained Student Volunteers who work under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, the Clinic is a unique centre in Wales where anyone can get free legal advice.
The Legal and Financial Clinic offers confidential advice on a number of legal areas, including housing, welfare and benefits, family, children, employment and contract matters. It may also be able to assist in other areas of law utilising its links with local firms such as Simpson Millar, Harding Evans and Howells who also provide free legal advice and support to the Clinic.
The University of South Wales Legal and Financial Advice Clinic provides a valuable community service and is also an excellent training ground for the students who can develop transferable skills to enhance their employability and gain experience of how the law actually impacts on the lives of real people. The students also get the opportunity to network with legal professionals so that they can enhance their skills in the legal arena.
How does the Legal Advice Clinic work?
A team of University of South Wales Law students, who have received training to work in the Clinic, interview clients with legal problems and then under the supervision of qualified lawyers, provide legal advice.
Often clients do not arrive at the Clinic with a clearly identified legal problem and the students learn to assist clients in translating their concerns into legally recognisable categories and conduct initial interviews with clients before they meet with a qualified lawyer supervisor. They can then provide concise explanations of legal concepts and processes and advise on the next steps for the clients.
Contact the Legal and Financial Advice Clinic:
To book an appointment at the Clinic, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01443 66 86 00
Please note: Interviews are on an appointments basis only.
“The importance of this clinic is not to be underestimated. Not only is it an important facility for the community to provide access to legal advice where legal aid is no longer available but it is an excellent opportunity for the students to gain the practical skills that are required and highly sought after if they are seeking a career within the highly competitive legal profession.”
The Faculty brings together a broad range of academic disciplines with an extensive portfolio of university courses in business, law, humanities and social sciences
From degree to doctoral level, the diverse nature of the Faculty offers a rich resource of expertise from learning and teaching to research and consultancy.
With excellent links with professional bodies and the business community, the School of Law, Accounting and Finance aims to equip students with the key practical skills needed for the modern workplace.
Pete Cowan, Director - Legal & Financial Advice Clinic