USW's Law Clinic was shortlisted in two categories - Best New Pro Bono Activity and best contribution by a Law School - in the LawWorks and Attorney General Pro Bono Awards 2019.
The student-led legal advice clinic, which is on USW’s Treforest campus, offers pro bono legal advice on employment, family, litigation, consumer, and housing law issues. In the past 12 months more than 100 students have participated in the clinic’s work.
In addition to providing one-off advice to clients who come into the clinic, they also undertake full casework and undertake pro bono projects, including supporting employment litigants in person at employment tribunals.
The clinic is open year round and students from our law courses are currently working on 76 cases. It offers services in Welsh and can also assist deaf clients through BSL.
“As a faculty we are incredibly proud of the work that our students - supervised by our professional law staff – undertake,” said Karen Jones, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society.
“Over the past five years the clinic has gone from strength to strength. It has become a central part of our law subject area and become truly embedded within the curriculum.
“Every year more of our students are engaged in the clinic, with more than 100 students involved in 18/19 to date.
“The work they undertake not only allows them to put their academic studies into real practice but the clinic’s location enables them to successfully plug a gap in access to justice within the South Wales Valleys, where there is limited pro bono advice available.”