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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We foster long-term relationships within the local community. We work with the North East voluntary and legal sector.

Students getting involved in community efforts

We deliver our work in communities through our student pro bono schemes.

These schemes give students the opportunity to:

  • work alongside lawyers
  • mentor students out in the community
  • support clients who can't afford legal representation
Street Law student reps talk.

Pro bono steering group

The group has been set up to help develop the existing pro-bono and community initiatives.

The group aims to:

  • identify ways to expand and identify new opportunities
  • give guidance on developing a strategy for pro-bono at Newcastle Law School
  • identify and work collaboratively on funding applications for pro-bono and community projects
Newcastle Crown Court

Our pro bono schemes

Street Law

Our Street Law Ambassadors work with local community groups, youth groups, and schools. They deliver sessions on legal issues such as:

  • police powers
  • access to legal advice
  • rights at school
  • street drinking
  • transitions into adulthood

Street Law is an award-winning pro bono scheme. It won 'Pro-bono/Community Initiative of the Year’ at the 2018 Northern Law Awards. It was also awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Community Pride of Newcastle University Award 2017. 

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Become an National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) caseworker. You'll gain valuable experience of taking witness statements over the phone and preparing the statement for the client to use at court.

LegaCare

This scheme provides students with the opportunity to work alongside lawyers at LegaCare. It's a local social enterprise project and registered charity.

It provides legal advice and help to people with terminal illness who cannot afford it.

Support Through Court

Support Through Court work with clients who cannot afford legal representation and may not qualify for legal aid. They provide them with emotional and/or practical support for the court process.

They provide trained volunteers who give free, independent help to people facing proceedings. These people are without legal representation in civil and family courts and tribunals.

Support Through Court recruit a few of our Stage 3 students as volunteers.

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