Future Living Hertford Family Law Clinic

Hertfordshire Law Clinic runs a satellite Family Law Clinic with Future Living Hertford, an award winning charity for those in recovery from addiction and domestic abuse, providing a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic environment.

Law students will provide free legal advice to the victims of domestic violence on family law. Successful applications will be provided with full training and will work under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

Role of student volunteers

Caseworkers work in pairs to interview new clients at Future Living Hertford’s premises in Hertford. Students carry out legal research and prepare a letter of advice.

Depending on the nature of the case, there may be scope for further work including drafting documents such as divorce petitions and instructions to pro bono counsel.

Students also contact prospective clients by telephone to take instructions in order to decide if the case is suitable for the clinic.

Commitment requirement

Students will be required to undertake a minimum of 8 hours of mandatory clinic training in September 2019. Students are also required to attend a one hour domestic violence awareness course and a half day course on working with vulnerable people.

Students will be expected to commit 3 to 4 hours a week during term time.

Person specification

We welcome applications from all current LLB, LLM and LPC students who are available to take part in the clinic in the 2019/20 academic year.

Students who are selected to take part in this clinic will also need to complete a DBS check as they will be working with vulnerable adults

Application procedure

We will next be recruiting for volunteers in May 2020.