Praise for student lawyers

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Students from Sheffield Hallam University’s law school are to jostle with some of the biggest names in the legal profession after winning acclaim for their voluntary work in the city.

The undergraduates’ pro-bono work has led to them being the only university to be nominated at the Law Society Excellence Awards, which will be held on October 9.

Pro-bono work involves lawyers providing legal advice to clients at no charge.

The student team, part of its law and criminology department, has been working on a number of pro-bono schemes including Free Wills Month.

They are also launching a helpdesk at Sheffield Combined Court Centre which offers free legal advice all through October.

Course leader Anna Deans said: “Hallam Law is one of the longest established legal clinics in the country and without it thousands of people would have no access to legal advice.

“We continue to find new ways to support this valuable work and strengthen our links with the South Yorkshire community.”