Legal Clinics is one of the longest running branches of the PBG, and has been in existence since the founding of the PBG in 2005. The project has recently expanded to take on more clinics and currently recruits volunteers for
NUS PBG Legal Clinics oversees various clinics targeted at different beneficiaries including migrant workers, litigants-in-person as well as residents living in certain GRCs. Generally, volunteers who attend the various clinics will get the opportunity to sit in on clinic consultations between volunteer lawyers and clinic applicants. Volunteers will help to take case notes and assist in various administrative matters at the clinics. Through this process, student volunteers will interact with clinic applicants as well as lawyers, getting insights on how to apply theoretical knowledge to real world situations and learning more about community law.
Legal Clinics works with the Pro Bono Services Office to carry out community clinics on a weekly basis. These clinics are often the first stop for applicants who are unsure about how to proceed on their cases. The clinics held each week include:
Northwest CDC (Woodlands) – Every Monday
Southeast CDC (Paya Lebar) – Every Tuesday
Southwest CDC (Jurong East) – Every Wednesday
Central CDC (Toa Payoh) – Every Thursday
During the school holidays, PBSO accepts interns who take part in the CLAS Office attachment – this attachment is a two-week commitment which takes place at the PBSO Office at the State Courts. Further information about this opportunity will be posted on StartNowLaw closer to the holidays.
Migrant Worker Clinics
Community Club Clinics
The Community Centre clinics are held to provide residents living in the area with basic legal advice, and are generally held monthly. The clinics on offer include:
Potong Pasir – First Monday of the month
Thomson – Last Saturday of the month
Braddell – First Monday of the month
Chong Pang –
Kembagan-Chai Chee – Fourth Monday of the month
Woodlands – Second Tuesday of the month
Jurong Spring –
Besides working with the various community centres and PBSO, PBG Legal clinics also recruits volunteers for several other clinics which reach out to different beneficiaries, some in specific areas like Muslim Law (SCWO Clinic). These clinics include:
SCWO – First and Third Mondays of the month
NTUC LawWorks – Third Thursday of the month
Jusequity – First and Third Fridays of the month
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Time Period and Commitment: If you are a PBG member who has chosen to be a part of Legal Clinics for the semester, you will be going down for one of the Community Legal Clinics twice a month! You will be required to help the volunteer lawyer on duty take notes while he/she advises the client.
It might sound like a mundane task but it will definitely turn out to be more rewarding than it sounds.