Applications for 2021-22 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 welcome new members whether they intend to study on campus or study 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 have to apply via written application and then, if selected be interviewed, prior to a final decision being made. In addition, they will first spend a year as “Bronze” Members being trained and engaging in non-client face working (such as various public legal education projects, law reform, and legal campaigning) to demonstrate that they have what it takes to undertake client work as a “Silver” Member.

Given that it is too late for those in the final year of an Essex undergraduate law degree to be trained as Silvers to take on cases we are not accepting applications from final year students (even if this is only their second year at Essex). The only exception to this are students who are at Essex as part of the Law Degree Transfer Programme or on a postgraduate degree course and already have a law degree. Such students may be allowed to move directly into being a Silver Member depending on your performance during an interview. If you are in this position and wish to apply for “direct entry”, follow the instructions below. The form, deadline and outcome date are the same but please include ‘Direct entry Clinic application’ in the subject line of the e-mail.

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 before 2.00pm (BST) on Monday 11 October.

We hope to give everyone an answer about whether they have been selected for an interview on the following Monday (18 October), so no late applications will be accepted. Indeed, we would appreciate applications as soon as possible and will regard early applications as evidence of the organisational skills and enthusiasm which we are looking for in applicants.

If you meet the required standard for both the application and interview there will be the compulsory induction training on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 October. If you cannot attend the training you will have to wait until the following year.

In addition to applying to join the Law Clinic as a volunteer, those in their second year may register to take LW 250 – Legal Advice Casework. If you register you will then be contacted with details about the application process to the Clinic, (which is similar as above but with an earlier deadline – applications for membership which is required for registration must be made by 15 September)

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 and you are already a Clinic member, 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 Nicholson

Essex Law Clinic Director

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