UEA launches law clinic

Law students and law school staff from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have launched a law clinic to provide free legal advice to members of the local community.

The students will work in collaboration with external agencies to provide advice and assistance, as well as visiting schools, colleges and other institutions to raise awareness of legal issues. In 2012-13 more than 160 students are expected to take part in a wide range of activities coordinated by the clinic.

Gareth Thomas, senior law lecturer and director of the clinic, said: "The law clinic project is very timely, coming ahead of the planned cuts to legal aid next year which will make legal advice unaffordable for many people in our community. Hopefully we can help them to gain access to justice by providing much-needed advice and support. "The initiative also provides unrivalled opportunities for UEA law students to gain hands-on experience of the law in action, thereby enhancing their education and boosting their employability."

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