Green Gown Awards 2019 - Keele University - Finalist

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The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) is a sustainable collaboration of law schools, courts, law firms, charitable and public sector services, which works to promote, assist and monitor access to justice. Access to legal aid has been significantly cut across England and Wales, increasing the number of individuals in court without legal advice or representation struggling for access to legal justice. 

CLOCK was launched in 2012 by Keele Law School. Law students have since clocked up 9000+ volunteer hours through this innovative initiative, providing vital help and support to disadvantaged communities. Through collaboration with partner organisations, CLOCK has provided legal research, policy work and community legal education to people in need. CLOCK has been cascaded to 15 UK Law Schools, supporting more than 4,000 litigants in person, and securing legal aid reforms. CLOCK was launched internationally in 2017 through the All India Access to Justice Strategy. 

Top 3 learnings:

  • Identifying community legal needs for access to justice has generated greater engagement and policy reform. 
  • Collaborating with existing community actors can promote wider reach and sustainability of projects. 
  • Developing unique and innovative skills has enabled our students and partners to transform access to justice.