The research presented here focuses on the feasibility of developing access to legal aid through the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme, by setting up and running ECF projects in university law schools. This report contributes to PLP’s existing research undertaken in partnership with university law clinics,1 which seeks to develop knowledge and understanding about the opportunities that clinical legal education programmes offer for extending access to justice.

The research was conducted between September 2017 and February 2018 with universities that were either setting up ECF projects, considering setting up ECF projects, or already assisting with ECF applications. The purpose of the research was to investigate the ways in which university law clinics can improve access to support with ECF applications, and the potential advantages and/or challenges of using the university law clinic as a setting to advance access to legal aid through the ECF scheme.

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Exceptional Case Funding Clinics