GCU officially launches Law Clinic

17 March 2014

Bruce Beveridge

Bruce Beveridge

The President of the Law Society of Scotland will address students, staff from across the University and legal practitioners at the official launch of Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Law Clinic on Monday, March 17.

The Law Clinic has enjoyed a steady stream of inquiries and cases since it opened in January 2014 and GCU Law Lecturer Claire McFadzean, believes this illustrates the demand for such a service.

She said: “The Law Clinic is a new initiative led by GCU Law students who use their knowledge and skills in a practical way for the common good, in line with the University’s motto.

“I am immensely proud of our students who have shown great enthusiasm for this project and have volunteered a huge amount of their personal time to work in the clinic.

“The students are focusing purely on the unmet legal needs of the wider community, particularly in relation to housing problems, while learning and developing their own skill set. Our students are ambassadors of GCU and I have no doubt they will be a real asset to the legal profession when they qualify as solicitors.”

Those attending the launch event, to be held in the campus’s Hamish Wood building from 5.30 to 7pm, will include members of the legal profession, Scottish Universities Law Clinic Network members, law students and members of the community.

They will hear from a number of distinguished speakers including President of the Law Society of Scotland Bruce Beveridge, who will talk about the importance of legal education; Professor Donald Nicolson OBE, Director of Strathclyde University Law Clinic, who will discuss the importance of law clinics for students and the community; and Student Director Greg Scott, who will explain the function of the Law Clinic in more detail.

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Head of Department for Law, Economics, Accountancy & Risk, will close proceedings.

Run by law students from GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society, the clinic provides free and confidential advice and assistance to those who do not qualify for Legal Aid and cannot afford to pay legal fees.

The clinic specialises in housing, employment, contract and sports law. It can also provide assistance in other areas of law (excluding criminal, family and immigration law), give general legal advice, draft legal letters, represent clients in court and negotiate in contractual disputes.

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “I would like to congratulate the students and my Law colleagues on this excellent initiative and thank them for their willingness and enthusiasm to offer expertise to people in the wider community to whom it would otherwise be denied. I’m also very grateful to all colleagues in the University and the legal profession who are supporting the official launch and who have helped make the Clinic a reality.”

All of the advice provided by GCU Law student volunteers is supervised by qualified legal practitioners.

The Law Clinic’s services are available by appointment. Call 0141 331 8070 or 0141 331 8098 to find out more.