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.
Applications for The Freedom Law Clinic have now opened!!!
Please see below for the recruitment schedule:
- Opening date for applications - Monday 19 November 2018
- Closing date for applications - 17:00 pm on Friday 7 December 2018
We hope to inform all successful applicants of their place on the training programme by late December.
The training programme will begin in early January 2019. Details of the exact date of the first training session will be provided in due course to successful applicants.
For more information about the volunteering opportunity with The Freedom Law Clinic, please download and carefully read 'The Freedom Law Clinic Advert 2018'.
To apply for a volunteering place, please email your completed 'The Freedom Law Clinic Application Form 2018' along with a copy of your CV to our Legal Clinic Coordinator Deborah Acquaah (email@example.com).