National Pro Bono Week (7th – 11th November 2022)

5 great reasons to do pro bono Learn new legal skills  Exposure to clients from various backgrounds can help you pick up people skills. You will learn how to handle emotional and vulnerable clients, which are valuable in the client-facing profession. The compassion that stems from the humanity viewpoint will bring about holistic development to…

Freshers’ Week Pro Bono Fair (Wednesday 28th September, 1600-1900)

On the 28th of September 2022, the Centre for Access to Justice Student Pro Bono Committee (SPBC) and the UCL Law Society co-hosted a pro bono fair at the central hub of Bentham House. The objectives of the event were to introduce the internal and external pro bono opportunities to the freshers, and to engage…

The Criminal Justice System Lottery: A Solution

By Fraser Barnstaple   Jeremy Bentham commented in the 19th century that when the cost of litigation is too great, entry to the system becomes a lottery to which only those with a golden ticket (money) can gain access. Unfortunately, the current state of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) means this rings true today, which…

UCL JLAP Book Drive

By Emilia Kechagia On 30 November 2021, UCL JLAP completed their first book drive of the academic year in association with the International Book Facility. The books are due to be shipped to Sierra Leone. The ILBF provides good quality second hand legal textbooks, donated by the UK legal community, to not-for-profit organisations in need…

JLAP Event: Immigration in the Time of Brexit

On the 23rd of November, UCL JLAP held its first panel event of the year centred on immigration in the time of Brexit. Attended by over 25 participants, it was an engaging discussion that focused on the changes as a result of the immigration policy and the possible ramifications towards the humanitarian rights of asylum…

A Masterclass in Advocacy with Tribunal Judge Nicholas Easterman

By Nathan Ong Event organised by Iben Vagle   On 3 November 2021, the UCL Student Pro Bono Committee hosted Tribunal Judge Nicholas Easterman at Bentham House, where he conducted a bespoke Advocacy Masterclass session for UCL Laws students in attendance. Tribunal Judge Nicholas Easterman is a Diversity and Community Relations Judge (DCRJ) located in the…

The UCL-KCL Pro Bono in the City Event

By Anna Kam   The UCL CAJ Student Pro Bono Committee held its first collaborative event with King’s College London Pro Bono Society and the UCL Law Society on 28th October 2021, which concerned pro bono work that is done at city law firms. This is the first time the 3 societies have worked together…

A Series: Public Interest Careers Pt 7 (JLAP Interviews)

Sir James Michael Dingemans Interviewed by Sahana Karthik  Sir James Michael Dingemans, styled The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans, is a Court of Appeal judge, who was recently appointed as the lead judge for International Relations with effect from 26 February 2021. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2019, has been the…

A Series: Public Interest Careers Pt. 6 (JLAP Interviews)

Zaki Sarraf Interviewed by Majd Mansour and Sahana Karthik Zaki Sarraf began his career as a paralegal at Descartes Solicitors before securing a competitive internship as a Legal Protection Caseworker with the United Nations Refugee Agency. He then moved on to work as a Legal Advisor for St Andrew’s Refugee Services and as a Senior…

Reflections on Access to Justice for Transgender People in India

By Shivani Dewalla  Our arrival unto the world is marked by “their” presence. Marriages would be incomplete without “their” performances, “their” blessings. The halt at the traffic light is one of the most likely places to spot “them”. But why is it that their presence is only restricted to such occasions? Why are they not…