June 16, 2005
University of Cape Town Legal Aid Clinic Seeks Clinical Supervisor
The University of Cape Town Law School is seeking a clinical supervisor for its Legal Aid Clinic. UCT Legal Aid Clinic was started by law students, including the present Dean, in 1973. It was the first clinic of its kind and operated as a legal advice office at SHAWCO Centres in the peninsula. In 2004, there were five attorneys, one candidate attorney, an administrator and 14 students. Students work in the Legal Aid Clinic as part of their academic course work.
The fundamental goal of the UCT Legal Aid Clinic is to provide practical legal education and legal services to people who cannot afford lawyers. The outreach aspect of the clinic is at the core of the its work, with satellite clinics operating in Athlone, Kensington. The clinic also provides back-up legal services for community-based advice offices. Finally, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees funds two Refugee Counsellors, Ms Fatima Khan and Ms Nyaradzo Machingambi, who run the clinic's Refugee Rights Project. This Project helps refugees and asylum-seekers in making claims for asylum and in the search for durable solutions such as repatriation, resettlement and local integration.
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