The Student Legal Clinic in Bialystok is a thriving student organization. Work on its creation was undertaken in 1998 by a local group of the European Law Students' Association - ELSA Białystok.
The founding meeting of the Clinic took place on November 10, 1998, and it was here that the SPP statute was adopted and the chairman of the Clinic was elected, Mr. Szymon Pszczółka. Officially, the Outpatient Clinic began operating on November 11, 1998. The Student Legal Clinic was registered as a research club on November 16, 1998 by decision of the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs at the University of Bialystok. The first head of the Clinic was prof. dr hab. Leonard Etel, who in 2005, in connection with taking up the function of the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Bialystok, entrusted the management of the Clinic with Dr. Arkadiusz Bieliński. The next head of the Clinic was dr Marta Janina Skrodzka, currently she is dr hab. Andrzej Sakowicz, prof. Bialystok.
Acceptance of cases began on 11 January 1999, and by 18 February 1999, 102 cases had already been received. Thirty students worked in five sections: administrative law (tutor dr hab. Joanna Radwanowicz), civil law (tutor dr hab. Adam Doliwa, prof. UWB), criminal law (tutor prof. Dr hab. Cezary Kulesza), international law and refugees (tutor dr hab. Katarzyna Bagan-Kurluta, prof. UwB), tax law (tutor prof. dr hab. Joanna Salachna).
To meet the enormous number of civil cases flowing into the Clinic, in the 1999/2000 academic year a second section of civil law was created, whose guardian was Dr. Urszula Drozdowska. An important initiative was also the creation of a labor law section, whose guardian was dr hab. Iwona Sierocka, prof. Bialystok. Then a third section of civil law was created under the direction of Dr. Arkadiusz Bieliński. In the 2000/2001 academic year, the ninth section on human rights and refugees was created, supervised by dr Adam Górski. Since the 2004/2005 academic year, this section has been operating under the international law section. In the 2017/2018 academic year, a section on refugees was created, headed by dr hab. Mieczysław Zdanowicz, prof. Bialystok. Fourth and fifth year students work in the clinic. They receive no remuneration for their work. Supervisors selected from the faculty's research and teaching staff supervise the students' work. They also conduct additional specialized training. Currently, the outpatient clinic has 12 sections, in which 63 students work under the guidance of tutors.
An important step in the development of the Clinic was the association in 2003 with the Foundation of University Legal Clinics based in Warsaw, after meeting the standards for the operation of the Clinic, which undoubtedly helped improve the functioning of our Clinic. At that time, a contract was concluded on insurance coverage for civil liability of the Student Legal Clinic by the University of Bialystok. The clinic participates in many Polish and foreign conferences. In 2017, the University Legal Clinics Foundation awarded the Clinic the 1st place in the 2nd Ranking of Student Legal Clinics, which undoubtedly proves the high quality of work of the Clinic's members.
In order to improve the functioning of the office, two people work in the secretary's office. accepting cases, office administration, conducting trainings for new members in conversation with the client, using the office, individual stages of solving cases. Cases are allocated according to an alphabetical list. On average, the Outpatient Clinic accepts approximately 300 cases each year, most of which are civil.
Currently, the Student Legal Clinic in Bialystok has been transformed into a research studio, and has also created a Center for Judicial Practices - periodically organized special practices in court, where under the watchful eye of professionals SPP members can participate in court hearings, discuss actual facts and end such practice by simulating a court hearing.