Pushing the boundaries of pro bono student law clinic activity

A blog signpost, to link to an Opinion piece I have in July’s Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

As noted there, the article builds on the presentations and discussions at the recent SULCN event, hosted by the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Law Project. I could have said much more, but with it being an Opinion piece I was (quite legitimately) kept to a strict word limit by the editor of the Journal. That being the case, self-publishing means I can be more wordy on WordPress. Thus, taking advantage of my corner of the blogosphere, I add further content here.

First, here is a link to another Journal article by fellow University of Strathclyde Law Clinic alumnus Emma Boffey. She explains what is meant by pro bono expenses orders; I only had room for a throwaway remark in my own piece. At another level, that article also shows how a law clinic can play a role in campaigning for reform.

Second, one law clinic in England has recently provided an example of specialisation. Queen Mary University of London offers advice and support for victims of so-called revenge pornography. This service will enable students to build up expertise in this area, which in turn will allow them to use that expertise to help affected individuals, all the while highlighting problems with the existing law or support packages by the very simple fact there is a demand for this service. (Presumably, if there was no demand, there would be no need for the service.)

Returning to my article, what should be made of this potential for student law clinics, perhaps through public interest litigation or community legal education projects? That depends on what students drive forward, hopefully supported by sympathetic universities and the legal profession as a whole. If you know of anything that is relevant to the content of this blog or my article, please let me know. Failing that, perhaps I should report back in a few years to see what further developments have taken place in Scotland and elsewhere.


About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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