The Swansea Law Clinic, based in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, has been accredited by the Office of the Immigration Standards Commissioner (OISC) to give immigration, asylum and protection advice at Level One.
This makes Swansea Law Clinic the first university law clinic in Wales to be OISC accredited, and one of just a handful of universities in the UK to hold the title; building on its existing status as the first university law clinic in Wales to be AQS credited, which is the recognised quality mark for organisations that provide advice to the public on social welfare issues.
Professor Richard Owen, Director of the Swansea Law Clinic, has been authorised to advise Clinic clients on the above mentioned issues, and under the OISC accreditation, he is also able to supervise students involved in such work. This adds another layer to the range of experiential learning opportunities on offer at the School of Law, and enables law students to benefit further from their engagements with the Clinic.
Speaking on receiving the accreditation, Professor Richard Owen said:
“I am delighted that Swansea Law Clinic has achieved OISC accreditation. This will give the students the opportunity to become involved in interesting and challenging work, which is not only important in its own right but also will provide students with vitally important skills that will be transferable to many other settings.”