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Belong, Believe, Achieve: Andreea Mare helps her community through UEL’s Legal Advice Centre

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Legal Advice Centre offers free legal advice to people in east London

'Belong, Believe, Achieve' is a series of profiles showcasing inspiring students and staff at the University of East London (UEL). Each week, we bring you a new story about someone achieving great things in our amazing community.

UEL strives to unlock the potential of students like Andreea Mare, 24, a final year LLB (Hons) Law student who has spent three years working at UEL’s Legal Advice Centre.

The Centre was launched in 2010. It provides free legal advice to members of the public who are unable to pay for or obtain legal aid. 

When the Centre advertised a work opportunity, Andreea, then in her first year at UEL, decided to apply. Since then, she has amassed a range of employment and legal skills by working with the Centre’s duty solicitors and team of student volunteers.

Andreea said, “I’ve become more confident in writing, proofreading, legal research and management. I’ve gained so many valuable skills by being part of the smooth running of the Centre, as well as by being involved in different projects such as organising events for students and drafting legal leaflets for the community.”

The Centre can help with contract and consumer law, employment law, family issues, welfare benefits advice, and landlord and tenant relations. 

The Centre has also partnered with Duncan Lewis Solicitors and the Sycamore Trust to provide a free, bespoke legal service for people with autism

Andreea said she has enjoyed the opportunity while at UEL to combine legal learning from supportive lecturers and personal tutors with real-life legal work at the Centre. 

She said, “I have a wide range of legal and managerial responsibilities in my role, including being the first point of contact with clients and leading on client communications.

“I also manage team performance to make sure we meet our set deadlines and the director’s requirements.”

Andreea’s passion for law and her positive experience at UEL has led her to pursue a master’s degree in data protection and information security.

She said, “I see this as a great continuation of the hard work and knowledge I have gained from UEL.”