Who wants what from whom? This question may sound trivial at first, but even for law students it is often difficult to answer. So how does the layman feel when he is presented with a legal problem in need of a solution?
In almost every situation we are confronted with legal questions, but the legal situation is often unclear in the least. In such cases good advice is literally expensive.
This is why we want to be your initial contact if you need legal advice and cannot afford a lawyer. As your first place to go, we want to help you getting to know your rights and how to enforce them.
Besides helping others, we also want to expand our own knowledge and train our legal skills.
What does it mean to be in direct contact with a client? Which questions do I need to ask in order to sufficiently grasp the full legal gravitas of a potentially dubious real-life case? What red tape must be dealt with and how do we structure our work to be efficient, reliable and successful?
We cannot acquire this experience in lectures. Even though we gain some insights into the judicial routine later in the legal clerkship, we believe that it is important to learn how to apply the theoretical knowledge in legal practice as early as possible. Therefore, we are convinced that we can achieve better learning through continuous, independent action within the framework of student legal advice besides our internships. Here we can accompany processes very closely from beginning to end, seeing the consequences of our actions and develop ourselves over a longer period of time.
We believe it is important that law students not only study the law, but also comprehend its working mechanisms in the real world.
In our opinion, the possibility of taking on responsibility within the framework of student legal counselling has two positive effects: On the one hand, students can develop their own skills through practical experience, and on the other hand, they are sensitised to the social effects of law and thus also to their social responsibility as lawyers.
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Statutes of the Pro Bono Heidelberg e.V. (Effective: 08.07.2019, only German)