The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment
This is a 30 credit optional undergraduate module open to all second and third year law students. This module trains students to be Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Student Legal Advisers. As Student Legal Advisers these students will complete five client cases during the course of the academic year. Students also attend classes designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of: the and theories and practice of clinical legal education; legal professional ethics; costs and funding of a case; and good case strategy. In addition to this, students undertake problem-based learning on their clinical cases to teach them how to approach any legal problem or situation.
This module is assessed in through:
- 2 x 1500 word essays (one in each reading week;
- a simulated client interview during the second semester;
- case file preparation throughout the year;
- and a mini group viva during the examination period.
These assessments are spread throughout the year to ensure that each is a learning experience in and of itself.
Street Law is a type of clinical legal education which is about educating the public on legal rights and/or responsibilities in their own community setting. It is a form of public legal education rather than specifically advising clients on a 1-2-1 basis.
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre offers a 15 credit undergraduate module to law students who will learn the theories and practice behind this interesting topic. During the module students will undertake three Street Law activities in groups.
This module is assessed in two ways:
- 1 x 2500 word reflective essay where students reflect on their first two Street Law activities;
- There is also a presentation where students design and present a new Street Law activity.