Norfolk Community Law Service works in partnership with the Law School at the University of East Anglia (UEA) to give students the opportunity to volunteer with us and learn practical skills in a legal advice setting.
The scheme is managed by our Advice and Volunteer Manager Judi Lincoln, who can be contacted on 01603 496623 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around March/April each year a talk is held at UEA providing information about the scheme. After this talk interested students are invited to make an application, if successful they are invited to an interview to fully assess there suitability for the scheme (Graduate Diploma in Law students should contact Judi Lincoln first). The process is competitive and applicants are not guaranteed a place.
If you are successful you will be assigned to a particular service for the academic year starting that autumn or earlier if you can. You will get the opportunity to be involved in a range of work from greeting clients, taking attendance notes, administering services and client bookings, to attending Court and Tribunal and research. You will also get the chance to sit on and observe a minimum of three Free Legal Advice Session over the year covering Family, Employment and General Law. Where possible students can volunteer throughout the year and not just during the University Academic year.
A previous UEA volunteer said about her with us: ‘Working at NCLS has been the best opportunity that i have had as a student; not only do you get a chance for legal work experience but you really gain insight and motivation for what you are working towards. You get the chance to be treated like a professional, to be give responsibility and ultimately to really make a difference to people’s lives.’
All of our volunteers are interviewed and recruited by Judi Lincoln and following a detailed induction must adhere to our strict confidentiality and equality policies at all times.