The Law school at the University of South Wales has been shortlisted in the 2020 LawWorks and Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards, for its work to provide pro bono legal advice and assistance through its Legal Advice Clinic.
The awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools. They incorporate the Access to Justice Foundation award for an educational body or student which has made a significant contribution to promoting access to justice.
USW is shortlisted for the Best Contribution by a Law School award, alongside Anglia Ruskin, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham Trent universities.
During these unprecedented times, there will not be an awards ceremony, but a thank you event and celebration will be hosted later in the year. The award winners will be announced on 13 May.
The USW Legal Advice Clinic is a free community-based face to face advice service staffed by trained Student Clinic Volunteers, working under the supervision of six of our lecturers who are practising solicitors.
The Clinic runs free public appointments where students interview and assess clients, and then draw up legal advice in several areas such as employment, housing, family, civil and business matters.
Hannah Menard, Director of the Legal Advice Clinic at USW, said: “I am thrilled to see the hard work of our students, staff and stakeholders being recognised at these awards. We are all very proud of what our students have achieved through our Legal Advice Clinic. The impact of their work in the local community and their commitment to access to justice is clear to see. Given the current climate, their continued work will be vital to assisting those in need.”
The Attorney General, the Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP said: “It is fantastic to see so many students across the UK working hard to give back to their communities by providing pro bono advice to those in need, and I want to congratulate you on your efforts. While the awards event is being postponed, your work is still absolutely recognised and I thank you for it.”