Law students at the University of Buckingham are boosting the relationship between town and gown by cutting their teeth with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The undergraduates are helping the charity save cash by manning a weekly CAB session on campus on Wednesday afternoons.
They have been trained to give legal help, refer people to the right service and book appointments.
Professor Bob Watt said: “Funding for community legal services has been cut to the bare minimum and we are delighted to be working with the CAB who maintain a vital service.
“Even in these days of austerity it’s a win-win situation - the citizens of Buckingham can get some first-line legal help and assistance and our students can practice some of the things they have learnt in the lecture room
Buckingham CAB director Ian Payne said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that the CAB and the university are working together.
“There’s a lot of talent in the law school. This will help the students to learn useful skills that will help them if they become lawyers.”
Law student Charles Hogan, who is taking part in the project, said: “The CAB programme represents an opportunity to put skills acquired during my studies into practice, giving real advice to real people, with real consequences.
“I am relishing the opportunity of making a contribution to the local community.”
The service is available from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Wednesdays and is by appointment only.
To book a place at the new Citizens Advice Bureau, call 01280 828283 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm.
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