Warwick Law School is the leading law school in the region and one of the leading law schools in the country. It attracts many of the best and brightest law students from all over the world. We believe that the law school should assist the initiative of the Law Society Pro-bono office in a project which will use the talents of Warwick students to benefit Warwick students and the local community.
We believe that a live, student run legal advice clinic is part and parcel of a quality and comprehensive legal education. Other Universities in the region, Coventry University and Birmingham University, both have advice clinics. The Clinic at Birmingham University opened this year in partnership with Solicitor Mills & Reeve. As the leading law school in the region we do not wish to be left behind in this respect.
While participation in an advice clinic is undoubtedly hugely beneficial to the C.V. of the student; in terms of both legal experience and exposure to practising firms, we believe that an advice clinic located in Leamington Spa would be of enormous benefit to the town, which has welcomed Warwick students into its community. To this end, the Law Society has established a partnership with Bath Place Community Venture, a focal point of the Leamington Spa community, who are extremely keen for the clinic to go ahead and it is from there that we will run the clinic. (http://www.bathplace.org/
We, the undersigned, therefore call on the law school to recognise the importance of this initiative to both the community of Leamington Spa and the students of Warwick Law School. We also call on the law school to offer its full support to the Law Society Pro-Bono office in the realisation of this project.