The creation of legal aid clinics in law colleges is the beginning of new era in legal education. Teaching law through practice opens broader access to legal profession which would also develop the skills necessary for legal profession. It encourages critical thinking and analytical skills, since the students are exposed to real problems stemming from actual cases.
The Legal Aid Clinic at SNLC aims to raise legal awareness and education in the society. The clinic is headed by faculty members who co-ordinate the students and supervise the works. It provides legal education and services to people living at the vicinity of campus, with limited access to legal protection due to their poor economic status or susceptibility to discrimination.
Our activities include:
Client counselling on all last Wednesdays every month which would be attended by advocate sent by DLSA. The counselling is free of cost.
Legal awareness classes in nearby schools and colleges conducted by our legal aid volunteers.
Organizing classes for students at our college by advocates and social activists.
Carrying out field work and surveys by legal aid volunteers. As part of 2019-2020 annual programme project undertaken to study the position of women by Amballur Pachayath, surveys were conducted in 16 wards by our volunteers.
Organizing activities as guided by DLSA for celebrating Constitution day, Legal Services day etc.
Our legal aid clinic also conducts programmes in connection with Anti Human Trafficking Club (AHTC), Kochi city. AHTC is Student’s Organisation functioning with the joint aegis of State Police & State Legal Services Authority to Combat Human Trafficking.
Conducting Adalats and Mediation in the presence of court officials.
Conducting various competitions for students for enhancing their legal skills like mediation competition etc.