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Sunderland Student Law Clinic

A professionally supervised service, offering free legal advice and assistance from Sunderland Law School at the University of Sunderland.

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The Law Clinic allows us to help people who maybe can’t afford legal representation, and at the same time, the students are getting the educational benefit in that they can practice law."

The Sunderland Student Law Clinic will close from 4pm on 17 December 2021 and will reopen at 9am on 31 January 2022. During this time our email inbox, incoming post and voicemails will not be checked. We are still logging enquiries and you can make enquiries via the online enquiry form, by email law-clinic@sunderland.ac.uk, or calling 0191 515 2550 (voicemail facility only).

If your query is urgent, we recommend that you seek advice elsewhere. It is unlikely any enquiries received during this time will be reviewed before early February.

You may seek advice via the Law Society website or call 020 7320 5650. Alternatively, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau. You can also search for other pro bono organisations via the Law Works website.

We do endeavour to respond to all enquiries to confirm whether we can assist or not. However, there may be occasions where we do not have sufficient resources to respond to everyone. If you have not heard back from us within 28 days, please assume we are unable to assist you.

Students: What the Law Clinic can offer you

You can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in your final year of your undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that you have the opportunity to graduate with significant live work experience.

Sunderland Student Law Clinic offers advice and assistance in relation to business matters, consumer disputes, civil disputes, housing, landlord and tenant, intellectual property, wills, powers of attorney and court of protection work.

To date, the Law Clinic has provided assistance to over 600 clients and saved around £500,000 in legal costs. The clinic utilises the industry-standard CRM system, CLiO, providing you with an authentic legal practice experience.

The Law Clinic enables you to:

  • Work as part of a student law firm
  • Improve your client interviewing skills
  • Gain experience of writing professional legal advice
  • Enhance your graduate prospects with real-life practical experience
  • Receive training and support from experienced staff and learn the rules and procedures of working in a Law Clinic

 

How the Clinic works

Pre-interview

If staff decide that a case can be undertaken, the client will be invited to come to the University for an initial interview. The case will be assigned to a student law firm under the supervision of Clinic staff.

Interview

The student law firm will conduct an interview with the client to find out essential information about the case. The students will then consult with Clinic staff to decide whether the case can be taken on.

Advice

Research will be undertaken into the client’s legal issues surrounding the case. The student law firm will then create a letter of advice which will be sent to the client instructing on a suitable course of action.

Law Clinic enquiry

Please complete this online form to send your enquiry to Sunderland Student Law Clinic. Your enquiry will be considered by our solicitors who will decide whether we can offer you an appointment for interview. All information you submit is held confidentially and subject to the Data Protection Act 2018, whether or not we proceed with your case.

Please fill in all fields marked with an *

Have you already consulted a solicitor on this matter? *
Are there any urgent deadlines approaching in this case? *

Using Your Personal Information
The University of Sunderland is collecting this information in order for you to make an enquiry to the Law Clinic. Your information will be stored securely and used only for the administration and provision of this request.

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