For over a decade, students from the law school have been supporting the Immigration and Asylum Clinic within CELC. Working on front-line advice services under the guidance of the Immigration and Asylum team the clinic goes from strength to strength. Students get involved in work at all stages of the immigration and asylum process including research, seeing clients, drafting representations for legal aid, representing individuals and families in appeals and applications for judicial review. Volunteers particularly appreciate the practical nature of their placements.
Each year we publicise volunteering opportunities across the Law School and look to recruit volunteers in early October. For 2020/21 all clinic work will take place remotely, adopting the most effective methods for the Law Centre and its clients. Look out for details on our events and opportunities page.
Here’s how some of last year’s students described their experience:
The placement has allowed me to develop my communicative skills and emotional intelligence. Both of which are essential to any career in law, be it commercial or non-profit."
I have gained many transferable skills that will be useful for my future such as interviewing, how to deal with a client and being able to gain the relevant information for their claim."
The work is orientated to developing the foundations for a career in this field and it helps put my textbook knowledge of refugee and asylum law into practice."