Northumbria Law School Shortlisted for Attorney General Award
Northumbria’s Student Law Office has been nominated in the ‘Best Contribution by a Law School’ category in the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2012.
Northumbria was selected for the scope, range and quality of the work which has taken place from stunning premises in the Law School’s futuristic £70m new building. For over 20 years, Northumbria Law School has built a reputation for the provision of excellent pro-bono legal representation through its Student Law Office. It continues to expand the volume and variety of its community service with specialist clinics in Housing, Employment, Welfare Rights, Crime, Family, Civil/Consumer Rights and Business. Presently, there are 19 supervisors, 2 trainee solicitors, 2 administrators and around 180 student advisors.
Northumbria Law School are committed to the belief that ‘hands on’ experience of running cases under academic and practitioner supervision is the best possible way of discovering how text book law works in a practical context. This enables students to prepare for the world of work while, at the same time, offering a valuable service to the community and maintaining access to justice at a time when this is increasingly under threat.
The Student Law Office is also at the forefront of national and international initiatives to encourage Law School commitment to pro bono via clinical legal education. Through its publication of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, disseminates pro bono ideas throughout the world and provides a forum for sharing best practice. It’s annual International Conference for Clinical Legal Education hosts law clinic delegates from over 20 countries.
Other projects include twinning with Palacky University in the Czech Republic and City University New York and student exchange programmes with Monash University and City University New York.
Kevin Kerrigan, Dean of Northumbria Law School said ‘I am delighted that the achievements of students and staff have been recognised in this way. This is a tribute to the students and staff involved’.
Other institutions shortlisted in this category are BPP Law School Birmingham, University of Hull, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester.
Winners will be announced by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP at an award ceremony on 27th March.
Date posted: March 2, 2012