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Aug. 5, 2013

Kent Law Clinic receives £1 million donation

Kent Law SchoolThe University of Kent’s fundraising campaign for its award-winning Kent Law Clinic received a major boost with a very generous £1 million donation from the Hon Charles Wigoder, an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The campaign is to raise funds for a new building for the Kent Law Clinic, which provides a public pro bono service for people in need of legal advice and representation but without the means to pay for it.  The Clinic fosters active collaboration between law students, academics and practicing solicitors and barristers, who all partner to provide the pro bono service. The students thus gain practical, real-life legal experience by working under supervision at the Law Clinic.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, comments: “As a highly successful alumnus of the university, it is very pleasing that Charles Wigoder has chosen to support a project that will ensure many more of our law students are able to gain first-hand experience of case work, which will provide them with a real advantage when they graduate.”

Work on the Law Clinic’s new building is expected to start in 2014, with a formal opening scheduled to hold in 2015, during the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The new building is expected to include a new ‘mooting’ court, which Professor John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Kent Law Clinic, said: “...will enable students to hone their advocacy skills in a realistic courtroom environment."

Professor Fitzpatrick went on to say: “Everyone connected with the Clinic is hugely grateful for this major donation to our fundraising campaign. The new building will enable us to significantly expand our pro bono service to the public.”

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Content added on 5th August 2013.

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