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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."

Easter closure dates

We are closed for the Easter vacation and will re-open at 9am on Monday 12 April. Emails, post and voicemail will be checked intermittently.

Please note that no face-to-face interviews are currently taking place due to social distancing. All interviews are conducted by Microsoft Teams video calls. To make a new enquiry, please submit the form below, email us with the details at law-clinic@sunderland.ac.uk or call us on 0191 515 2550.

Staff and students work part-time in the Law Clinic. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible however, a same day response is not always possible. If you do not hear back from us within 28 days, please assume we are unable to assist you.

If your enquiry is urgent, please contact a solicitor via The Law Society or by calling 020 7320 5674. Alternatively, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Existing clients

Please be aware that staff and students work part-time are working remotely from home with limited access to the Law Clinic office and university campus. This may impact our ability to deal with incoming post. If a local lockdown occurs or there are any other changes in government rules and the University’s qoperational position that prevent us from working on campus, then communications will be by email only. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

Office hours and access to Clinic

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. We are closed at weekends, University vacations and public holidays.

Please note we do not offer a drop in service. This is particularly important to adhere to at this time so we can maintain social distancing on campus, comply with health and safety rules and keep us all safe.

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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