President of Law Society praises USW’s Legal Advice Clinic

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(l-r): Law student Connor O'Brien, I.Stephanie Boyce, Law student Jonas Eze

I.Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, has praised the work of Law students at the University of South Wales (USW) after a recent visit to the Legal Advice Clinic, recognising how their advice is making a difference to people’s lives.

Law Society President visit 2022During a short tour of Wales, Stephanie, who is the first person of colour to become the Law Society President, met with students who volunteer at the clinic as part of their studies, giving pro bono legal advice to clients in areas such as employment, housing, debt, family and contract matters, with qualified legal supervision.

Stephanie gave a talk on her background, route into law as a career and journey to becoming President, and spoke about a number of issues that she has prioritised as part of her role, such as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Access to Justice and upholding the rule of law, in light of Government plans for a new Bill of Rights.

Christine Thomas, from Bargoed, is studying LLM Legal Practice at USW and volunteered at the Clinic as part of her LPC course. She said: “It was a brilliant experience, and absolute gold to have it on my CV.

"It was an honour to meet the President – what a wonderful lady. She is so humble, inspiring, approachable and down to earth. She went out of her way to speak to everyone in the room and was genuinely interested in hearing our stories.”

Chinma Metu, who is originally from Nigeria, is studying the LLB Accelerated Route, and decided to volunteer at the Clinic during her course. She said: “Law practice is different from theory, and this gives me the opportunity to put into practice the theories learnt. Volunteering meant I got to work on real life cases, further developing my client communication skills.

“Meeting and speaking with the President was phenomenal. I have long admired her journey to being the President, and got the opportunity to hear her speak on the different projects she has carried out to ensure the profession is indeed diverse. I had the privilege to have a personal discussion about my career path, and was advised on steps to take. I’m very grateful to the Law teaching staff for this opportunity.”

Law Society President visit 2022 studentsStephanie added: “I was delighted to visit the University of South Wales and to meet with some of the current and past Law students. It was fascinating to learn of the flexible approach to learning adopted by the University and the diversity of its students.

“I was particularly interested to learn of the excellent Clinical Legal Education module and the work undertaken by students at the Legal Advice Clinic, and to appreciate the difference that their advice is making to people’s lives.

"I was impressed with the breadth and depth of skills, knowledge and experience of those students that I met with. I am immensely grateful to Hannah Menard, Director of the Clinic, for inviting me and for facilitating my visit. Diolch yn fawr iawn!”

 

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