Applications for 2020-21 Law Clinic membership are now open!

The Essex Law Clinic is now open for applications for membership for the new academic year. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic we have moved a lot of our activities online. We are therefore able to operate at full capacity in the new academic year and are hoping to welcome new members whether they intend to study on campus or from home. We are looking to expand numbers while at the same time ensuring that members have the commitment to client service that our clients deserve.

As a result, all who want to become Clinic volunteers (see below for entry to the clinical module) will first spend a year as Bronze Members being trained and largely engaging in non-client face working (such as various public legal education projects, law reform, and legal campaigning) to show (via a portfolio of undertaken activities) that they have what it takes to undertake client work as a Silver Member. This means that those who are entering the Clinic in the final year of an Essex undergraduate law degree (even if this is also their first or second year at Essex) may only ever undertake non-client facing clinic work as Bronze Members. However, if you are at Essex as part of the Law Degree Transfer Programme or on a postgraduate degree course and already have a law degree, you may be allowed to move directly into being a Silver Member depending on your performance during the interview.

If you are interested in becoming a Law Clinic volunteer (for more details, click here), please fill in this application form and return it to elawclinic@essex.ac.uk before 2.00pm (BST) on Thursday 15 October. No late applications will be accepted so do not delay your application. Indeed, we would appreciate applications as soon as possible so that we can give each the attention it deserves. Notification as to the outcome of applications will be made by 5.00pm (BST) on Tuesday 20 October so that you will know if you will need to attend (either on campus or remotely) the compulsory induction training on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 October. If you cannot attend the training you will have to wait until the following year.

In addition to joining the Clinic as a volunteer, if you are in your second year you can seek to become a Clinic member through enrolling on LW250 Legal Advice Casework which will allow you to undertake case work once trained in class. However, you will first have to apply for and be admitted to Clinic membership via an application form (which will be sent to once you provisionally register for the module) and an interview. Moreover, places are limited to the first 40 who are admitted to Clinic Membership, so you are advised to return the application form as soon as possible. Further information about this module is available on the online module directory here.

Finally, please note that the above information about applying to the Law Clinic does not apply to existing Clinic members, though if you are in your final year, you might want to build on your clinical experience by enrolling on LW352 Legal Ethics and Justice in order to explore issues of ethics and justice which arise in clinical cases and in legal practice. Again, further information about this module is available on the module directory here.

Best wishes

Donald Nicolson
Essex Law Clinic Director

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