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. It's not all hard work: each year there is a 'Great Clinic Bake Off', legal walk and charity quiz night to raise money for good causes and, as a reward for all our hard work, we have the office Christmas party-not to be missed!
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
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.