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UEA students to offer free legal advice service

Law students from the University of East Anglia will be sharing their legal expertise for free thanks to a new partnership with Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS).

The partnership will see student volunteers offering legal advice and representation and follows a successful pilot scheme last year.

The university will also provide financial assistance to the service to the tune of £25,000 a year.

The announcement comes at a time when cuts to legal aid could make seeking legal advice unaffordable for many people.

As well as benefitting service users, the scheme will offer student volunteers the chance to gain vital ‘real world’ skills and experience.

UEA’s school of Law has enjoyed a strong relationship with the NCLS for the past decade and the new arrangement puts this on a more formal basis.