Last night was the official launch of the Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC).
The event opened with refreshments at 5pm before an Official Welcome was given by Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor.
Head of Law, Ruby Hammer, introduced the SULAC presentation, which was given by Tracey Horton – Law Clinic Manager – and Law Clinic students.
Tracey Horton explains that the “aim [of the Law Clinic] is to provide much needed support to vulnerable communities in Stoke on Trent and the region. As such, it represents a commitment to our strategy linked to Connected Communities and is representative of our values in being “Brilliant and Friendly” and “Proud to be Staffs”.
The Law Clinic has been launched at a time when the professional bodies are also gearing up to recognising time spent in placements/law clinics as counting towards the qualifying work experience required to become a solicitor. It therefore offers a unique opportunity to gain such experience and to practice lawyering and advice skills whilst at University. It directly enhances the employability and reputation of our law graduates.”
The legal advice is free and thirty-five students have been trained to work in the clinic; thirty three people have already signed up to the service.
The Legal Advice Clinic operates during term time at:
- The Dudson Centre, Hanley, every Monday
- Signpost, Stafford, every Tuesday
- HMP Stafford, the first Friday of the month
- Shrewsbury Hospital, the second Friday of the month
To book an appointment, call: 01782 294800