• The University of Law first to be granted ABS licence

    27 March 2015

    The University of Law (ULaw) has become the first University to be granted an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

    The licence will allow ULaw to expand its Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) where trainee solicitors provide legal advice on a pro-bono basis to members of the public in various areas of social welfare law, supervised by experienced solicitors. 

    The clinic gives trainee solicitors first-hand experience in the field allowing them to develop dispute resolution knowledge and skills and improve client relationship management skills, helping them achieve success in their careers.  It gives the trainees confidence to deal with challenging cases and handle sensitive client issues, thus preparing them to face the reality of practising law as professionals. 

    The time spent at the LAC forms part of the Trainee Litigation Programme (TLP) for trainee solicitors who are undertaking their training at firms or businesses who may be unable to offer the required dispute resolution experience within their organisation.  

    John Latham, President and CEO, ULaw, said; “Being the first University to be granted an ABS status means that we can provide trainees and our law firm and in-house clients with a market -leading proposition that will equip the trainees for the legal and commercial challenges they will face in today’s workplace.  

    “Being able to provide practical experiences in a client-facing environment is a fundamental part of the training needed for aspiring solicitors. Our Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) enables us to offer a pivotal service and sets us apart from other legal training providers and underlines our continuing commitment to give our trainees a distinct advantage that helps them stand out from the crowd in the competitive legal market”

    “ULaw now provides our students and trainee solicitors with more than 600 mentoring places, 3,300 pro bono opportunities, access to our award-winning online student employability programme (‘StEP’) and networking opportunities with hundreds of legal recruiters.” 

    The Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) is operated at ULaw’s London Bloomsbury Centre.

    For further information please contact: 
    The University of Law:
    Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/ Chiara Barreca/ Henry Adams
    Telephone: 020 7726 6111
    Email: theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com