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Title: Responding To Clinic Audits With Limited Resources

Lead Presenter: Fiona Jayne Cartwright


  1. Chris Smith

Session Abstract: There are tight regulations when it comes to providing legal advice and representation. Providing pro bono legal advice in a clinical setting does not let us escape the remit of those regulations. The administration of a law clinic and implementing the procedures involved in meeting regulatory requirements can be just as time consuming as supervising students and dealing with clients and juggling these responsibilities can be challenging. Pro bono schemes and clinics are often pinpointed by auditors as a ‘high risk’ activity and therefore it is it is likely that most clinics will face this process at some point during its operation. This paper will address Sunderland Student Law Clinic’s experience of an intensive audit process carried out by PWC a year after opening its doors. The presenters will share information regarding their own personal experience of the audit process, in terms of the benefits and challenges and the lessons learned. The speakers will address the practical issues of preparing for and learning from an audit and will consider how a clinic’s limited resources can be applied sensibly and effectively in order to achieve a more sustainable, low risk operation without compromising the experience of students, staff and clients. Overall the objective is to share best practice in respect of meeting regulatory and audit requirements with the limited resources available to clinics which inevitably impacts on the sustainability and the ongoing success of such programs.

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