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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.

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."

Welcome to the Sunderland Student Law Clinic.

We are open to new legal enquiries. Please complete the online enquiry form at the bottom of this page and the Law Clinic Administrator will be in contact in due course. 

Please note that teaching does not start until week commencing 26 September 2022, and students will not be ready to give legal advice until they have been trained. If your matter is urgent and cannot wait, please seek advice elsewhere such as a solicitor or one of the organisations listed below. Please also be aware that not all legal matters can be taken on as a case. This may be due to the complexity of the matter, a conflict of interest or areas of law we do not have expertise in.

If you are an existing client, you can still contact us by emailing law-clinic@sunderland.ac.uk, or by calling 0191 515 2550 (voicemail facility only). However, if your matter has become urgent such as a court date coming up soon or deteriorating health, we recommend you seek legal assistance elsewhere such as:

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 property/land, family/children matters, divorce, employment law, residential housing, residential landlord/tenant, immigration, wills and probate, and lasting power of attorney. 

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.