Future Living Hertford Family Law Clinic
About the project
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 provide free family law advice to vulnerable clients who have experienced domestic abuse in a safe, familiar environment close to where they live. We work closely with Future Living to ensure that students are able to deal with the challenges that such cases might present. Successful applicants will be provided with full training and will work under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
The Future Living Family Law Clinic provides a much-needed service to the local community in Hertfordshire particularly for individuals on lower incomes seeking family law advice following the decimating cuts to legal aid in 2012. These cuts have left many people unable to access legal advice, with virtually all legal aid for private family cases being stopped. Many family lawyers have stopped offering legal aid work entirely, leaving vulnerable clients unable to access legal advice even if they can meet the strict criteria. The family law clinic has been overwhelmed with demand and extra appointments have been created to accommodate demand. The clinic was the subject of an online BBC article in December 2019.
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..
Students also contact prospective clients by telephone to take instructions in order to decide if the case is suitable for the clinic.
Students will be required to undertake a minimum of 8 hours of mandatory clinic training in September 2020. 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.
We welcome applications from all current LLB, LLM and LPC students who are available to take part in the clinic in the 2020/21 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
We will next be recruiting for volunteers in May 2020.