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Free tech help for unis and law centres

A leading technology company is set to expand its provision of free software to universities and law centres. Catherine Baksi reports

Clio, a Canadian-founded provider of cloud-based legal practice management software, announced plans to extend free access to its Academic Access Program as part of its investment in the future of law and the provision of pro bono services.

The company, which already provides free practice management software to 19 British universities and pro bono clinics, aims to add a further ten over the next 12 months, as part of its commitment to learning, innovation and access to justice.

Students and teachers can connect to its Academic Access Program which provides everything required to run a firm, including legal accounting, document management, client collaboration, time and billing, case and contact management, and reporting, allowing for training and the real-life client account management required for pro bono clinics.

The software also includes ‘bank-grade’ security and remote access, which can be gained through any device.

Established in Canada in 2008, Clio was developed in partnership with the Law Society of British Columbia and has over 150,000 users internationally.

Among the universities and pro bono clinics already enrolled in the programme are the University of Westminster Student Law Clinic, Ulster University Law Clinic, University of Edinburgh, the Access to Justice Foundation, the University of Greenwich legal advice centre, the University of Liverpool, Sunderland Student Law Clinic, University of Leeds Justice Project, Northumbria University and Queen Mary University of London legal advice centre.

Derek Fitzpatrick, Clio’s EMEA general manager, said: ‘We are delighted to further expand our investment in universities and pro bono clinics in the UK.

‘Every legal career begins with a significant period of theoretical study and we’re pleased to extend a helping hand to the next generation of British lawyers by supporting that theory with practice’.

A spokesperson for Sunderland Student Law Clinic, an existing user, said the ‘accessible and comprehensive’ programme ‘become an integral part of the learning experience’ at the Sunderland Student Law Clinic, giving students experience using case management software that has better prepared them for a career in the legal industry.

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