Strategic Public Law Clinic
This year we set up a new legal clinic specialising in using public law strategically to address systemic disadvantage and abuse of power to achieve effective change.
Students are working with the Public Law and Human Rights Team at Central England Law Centre (CELC) in Coventry on a variety of projects that offer the opportunity to develop and implement creative ways of using the law. Students are involved in developing and delivering on these strategies, and not simply completing set tasks.
This important work provides a great opportunity to develop leadership, communication and organisational skills in the social justice sector and an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the important work of CELC. Students work in small groups on their assigned projects and receive direct supervision, guidance and mentorship from the Law Centre.
SPLC projects 2020:
- Investigating the quality of healthcare services provided to detainees in immigration removal centres
- Examining the impact of the Legal Aid Means Test on disabled people’s access to specialist legal advice
- Following a judicial review of exclusion of children of migrant families from the right to free nursery education for 2 year olds, we developed an engagement strategy to ensure that this agreement is implemented effectively across local authorities
- Researching and developing a complete toolkit for accessing home fees and student finance for students with humanitarian protection
Hear from LLB student Meghna
on her experience of volunteering with
the Strategic Public Law Clinic:
Immigration and Asylum Team – Central England Law Centre
Central England Law Centre offers the opportunity for a number of law students to volunteer within the Law Centre’s Asylum and Immigration Team. Under the guidance of the advisers in the team, students work on cases and see clients. This gives the students an excellent opportunity to develop their research and interviewing skills and to learn about immigration and asylum law in practice. Students also help prepare for cases to go to Tribunal or court and carry out other supporting tasks.