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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."

New enquiries

We are taking new enquiries for 2020/21 in readiness of students starting legal case work from October onwards. If you would like 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.

As our service is a limited resource, we always ask if your enquiry is urgent to contact a solicitor via The Law Society or by calling 020 7320 5674. Alternatively, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Existing clients

Students will start legal case work from October onwards for existing clients. Please be aware that due to Covid-19, both staff and students are working remotely with limited access to the Law Clinic office and the University campus. This may impact the speed of dealing with incoming post. If a local lockdown occurs or there are any other changes in government rules that prevent us from working on campus, then communications will be by email only. In any event, we would advise you to email us where possible at law-clinic@sunderland.ac.uk or call us on 0191 515 2550.

Staff and students do not work in the Law Clinic on a full-time basis. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible but there may not be a same day reply.

Office hours and access to Clinic

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. We are closed at weekends, University vacations and public holidays. Please note we do not offer a drop in service. 

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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