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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 Clinic offers a free and professional service focusing on areas where people may find it difficult to find or afford other legal services. At the same time, the Clinic provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable real-life experience and put theory into practice. Everything that the Clinic does is overseen by an experienced solicitor, ensuring a consistently high-standard of legal advice throughout.

Students: What the Law Clinic can offer you

  • 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


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.


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.


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.

Make an enquiry

We are reopening to enquiries relating to family law from 9th September 2019. We will be reopening to enquiries relating to other areas of law from 30th September 2019. 

To send us an enquiry simply complete the short form below. We will aim to respond to every enquiry received to confirm if we can assist. However, our ability to respond is subject to availability of resource. Accordingly, if you have not received a response within 28 days of making the enquiry then we have been unable to assist.

You can also contact us via:

Telephone: +44 (0)191 515 2550
Twitter: @UofSLawClinic