Mr MacAskill met our staff and students, and heard opinions about ways in which access to the type of work done by the clinic could be broadened and ideas for developing pro bono work within Scotland.
Mr MacAskill said: “It’s good to see students with difficult courses to pursue and other jobs to hold down contributing their free time and expertise to help others. “It will doubtless stand them in good stead in whatever career they pursue but it is a sign of commitment to others that is much appreciated and much needed.” Professor Donald Nicolson, Director of Strathclyde Law Clinic, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr MacAskill to Strathclyde. We are at the forefront of efforts to widen access to legal services- he seemed genuinely interested in what we are doing here and his visit was a great endorsement of our work.
“He listened to our ideas about access to justice and how it might be improved. We also offered an impression of the invaluable experience which the Law Clinic offers to our students and the commitment to justice which it helps to cultivate.”