What exactly do we do?

Oxford Legal Assistance comprises three different strands:

  1. Clinics - each trainee attends clinics and directly engages with Turpin & Miller’s prospective clients. We conduct initial client interviews (‘taking first instructions’) and we are briefed on strategies for their cases.
  2. Research Sessions - we conduct country-specific background research to support asylum claims and appeals. This involves researching the political, social, and economic situations in various countries, looking for evidence that supports claims. The evidence is presented in a particular format and in many instances, research carried out by OLA trainees has been used in tribunal bundles.
  3. Training sessions - we consistently receive training sessions, where Turpin & Miller representatives teach us about Asylum and Human Rights Law in the UK and international legal instruments.

OLA trainees also have an opportunity to explore potential careers in publicly-funded Immigration & Human Rights Law.

At the end of the scheme, each trainee is given a certificate of completion by Turpin & Miller and the Law Faculty.

Turpin & Miller

The scheme is run through the Oxford-based law firm, Turpin & Miller. The firm is one of the few remaining that continues to provide legal aid services, and is the only law firm that supports asylum seekers in Oxford. Set up in 2002, the firm has a direct focus on immigration law and collaborates with Asylum Welcome to represent asylum seekers in Oxford.

The Committee

Four student trainees take on additional responsibilities and coordinate the scheme.

Co-Chairs: The co-chairs have overall responsibility for the success of the scheme. They represent OLA at faculty level and engage with various stakeholders in the University. They are also in charge of ensuring that trainees attend all sessions, organise the timetable, and ensure that the scheme is recognised across the University.

Turpin & Miller Representative: The representative is in charge of coordinating with Turpin & Miller, liaising with staff, and ensuring that any concerns are addressed from both sides.

Social Media Coordinator: The coordinator is responsible for the overall communications of OLA, as well as maintaining an active social media presence.

Current Committee

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