- County Court Advice Desk
- Criminal Appeals Project
- Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL)
- BPP Legal Advice Clinic
- Law Firm Pro Bono Shadowing
- Personal Support Unit Volunteering Project
- Benefits Law Support Clinic
- Pop-Up Advice Clinics
- Housing Drop-In
This is a joint-working project with the Leasehold Advisory Service, LEASE, where students summarise cases from the Residential Property Tribunal which are then made available to the public on the LEASE website.
Streetlaw - Mock Trials
Students work with the Citizenship Foundation to assist school children preparing for mock trials.
County Court Advice Desk
BPP students work with Islington Law Centre on the County Court Advice Desk at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court. The scheme, coordinated by the Law Centre, provides for a duty solicitor to be available to provide advice and representation for unrepresented litigants in possession proceedings and eviction cases. The defendants assisted are all at serious risk of losing the roof over their heads and most of them would not have had the benefit of legal advice previously.
BPP students act as runners for the duty solicitors, helping to make the court list run more efficiently and improve access to justice for the unrepresented litigants.
Criminal Appeals Project
Through the Criminal Appeals Project, our students work under a barrister's or solicitor's supervision investigating cases of convicted persons who maintain innocence but have exhausted the initial appeals process. Our students seek evidence that will assist them in making applications for such cases to be reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, for referral back to the Court of Appeal.
Law Firm Pro Bono Shadowing
Our shadowing project gives students the opportunity to shadow solicitors from city law firms at advice sessions at law centres, for example, BPP students have provided assistance to Norton Rose solicitors at advice sessions at Tooting Law Centre.
This project benefits firms, students and clients. Firms enjoy the additional assistance, students gain valuable practical experience and clients benefit from the extra support.
Personal Support Unit Volunteering Project
London postgraduate students can work as volunteers in the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Principal Registry of the Family Division and LPC/BPTC students can volunteer in the Civil Courts in other locations. As Personal Support Unit Volunteers, the students provide practical and moral support to unrepresented litigants. The volunteers meet unrepresented litigants to talk through their cases informally and to accompany them around the courts and in hearings.
Benefits Law Support Clinic
Students attend Dalston Library to help individuals complete certain benefit forms.
BPP law students can become volunteers at a local drop-in legal advice evening clinic which is part of the Cambridgeshire Human Rights and Equality Support Service (CHESS). Students are selected, trained and supervised by CHESS management. Students are paired up with an existing volunteer and assist clients on a wide range of legal issues (debt, welfare, housing, employment, family, immigration) by taking notes, researching issues and drafting memos.
Pop-Up Advice Clinics
This project provides debt and consumer law advice to Hackney residents. It offers debt and employment law advice to Lambeth residents. Students interview clients on the telephone to obtain background information. Volunteer lawyers and students attend clinic appointments to give advice/signpost.
In partnership with Law Centres and Shelter we run a triage service where people with housing problems attend on a drop-in basis. Students interview people in pairs to determine whether their case qualifies for Legal Aid. Those that don’t qualify are signposted to other services.