The Freedom Law Clinic
Cuts to legal aid have made it a lot harder for those defendants convicted of the most serious criminal offences to successfully challenge the decision if they believe an injustice has occurred.
The Freedom Law Clinic offers training to law students on the criminal appeals system with a view to them assisting solicitors and barristers, working on a pro bono basis, in assessing cases for referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
King's Legal Clinic will be working in partnership with The Freedom Law Clinic offering King's law students the chance to gain exposure and a greater understanding of violations of due process and miscarriges of criminal justice.
What is expected of students when getting involved with The Freedom Law Clinic?
Can I continue volunteering once I finish the training programme?
Students who volunteer with the clinic have to commit to a six week online/face to face programme of training which involves self-study.
There is a £40 fee per student that covers the time and resources provided by The Freedom Law Clinic in training you up to be a volunteer. Students applying to volunteer will need to cover the £40 fee.
However, we will be offering a limited number of hardship scholarships for students who would have difficulties in meeting the fee. If you would like to apply for a hardship scholarship, please complete the necessary section on the application form.
How can I apply?
If students complete the programme, they will then have to apply to be a caseworker where they will work on a voluntary basis for the clinic over the next 12 months. As caseworkers students get the opportunity to work alongside practicing lawyers, visit prisons and meet clients.
Please note we require you to provide us with personal information to enable us to assess your eligibility for the project.
We will only use your personal information for the purposes of assessing your suitability for the project. We will delete your information within 28 days of notifying you of whether you have been successful in the first round of selection or not.
Our January 2019 recruiment round for The Freedom Law Clinic has now closed.
The training programme will begin in January 2019. We will inform all successful applicants of their place on the training programme and the date of the first session in due course.
If you have any questions about The Freedom Law Clinic volunteering opportunity, please email our Legal Clinic Coordinator Deborah Acquaah (firstname.lastname@example.org).