The GLA clinic is one of a number of opportunities that students can opt to take part in as part of the Practical Lawyer unit. This fantastic unit, which is worth 40 credits at Level 6, is taken instead of a dissertation, and offers students the opportunity to gain practical, work based skills and experience, reinforced by independent legal research and reflection.
Working alongside professionals in busy community settings, students are able to provide help and support to real clients and any issues related to them. Students gain experience in interviewing and dealing with clients; drafting letters and filling in court forms; negotiating with third parties on behalf of the client, and writing up detailed case notes using the same cloud based law practice management software that is found in tens of thousands of legal practices around the world.
Our students often tell us how valuable their experience in the GLA clinic has been when applying for jobs and training contracts. Tom (GLA clinic adviser 2015-16) says:
“I can’t emphasise enough how valuable my time at the GLA clinic was in allowing me to grow as a future legal professional and how heavily I relied on my time there when I was applying for training contracts. It’s likely that there will be hundreds of other candidates applying to the same firm as you and the GLA clinic really gives you the opportunity to impress your potential employer early by making your application stand out. Employers will favour candidates with legal work experience and the GLA clinic offers that in troves. The GLA clinic also gives you so much to talk about on assessment days, whether it’s the broad skillset that you’ve obtained through the variety of work you’ve done, or giving practical examples when negotiating tricky competence based interview questions.”