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Pro bono Initiatives

Environmental Law Foundation

ELF runs a number of pro bono university clinics throughout the country which are supervised by local ELF professional members. They offer a range of activities for students at member universities via the Young ELF programme which provides support for those on the journey from school and into professional practice.

The programme aims to familiarise students and professionals with the impact of environmental law issues on the health and wellbeing of local communities, and how these can be addressed. Drawing on ELF’s almost 30 years of practical experience, it provides a range of proven opportunities for participants. Stephen Tromans QC is Young ELF Patron.

Activities are grouped into five main areas:

  • Legal Clinics – providing advice on ELF cases under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
  • Policy Clinics – an opportunity for more in-depth empirical research on issues raised by ELF’s community enquiries.
  • Outreach – assisting with ELF’s public legal education work via Streetlaw presentations or involvement in ELF outreach events and webinars.
  • Training – on how the law and lawyers can help address environmental issues affecting communities.
  • Networking – includes contributing to ELF’s blog and newsletter; linking with others involved in ELF’s work; and invitations to ELF events.

There are currently ELF clinics at the follwoing universities:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • BPP
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Kings College London
  • Lancaster University/ University of Central Lancashire
  • The University of Law London
  • University of Leicester
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Open University
  • University of Plymouth
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University College London
  • University of Sussex