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ARU Law Clinic celebrates helping 1,000th client

Published: 24 October 2019 at 17:00

Sarah Calder

Initiative works with local firms to provide free legal advice to those in need

Anglia Ruskin University’s pioneering Law Clinic has celebrated helping its 1,000th client.

The Law Clinic was set up in 2018 to help people who need legal advice in fields such as family law, but are unable to afford it. ARU students volunteering in the Clinic work alongside a range of solicitors and barristers from the local community, interviewing clients and taking notes, which provides them with valuable experience.

This week, the clinic welcomed its 1,000th client through the doors, although their identity is confidential.

The Law Clinic started in Cambridge and has since expanded to ARU campuses in Chelmsford and Peterborough.

Sarah Calder, Law Clinic Director at ARU, said:

“We are thrilled to have been able to help so many people within just 18 months of getting started. There are large numbers of people across the region who urgently need advice but are no longer entitled to legal aid and don’t know where to turn.

“We can help people work through their issues and at the same time improve our links with local law firms and provide some real-life experience for some of our Law students at ARU.”

The Law Clinic was recently shortlisted for a national Law Society Excellence Award, having already won the Cambridge and District Law Society Excellence in Pro Bono award.