About the Law Clinic
The Clinic’s primary aim is to provide law students at the University of Liverpool with direct experience of legal advice and representation, in order to deepen their engagement with the law and social justice and to develop their employability skills. Our secondary aims are to:
- promote access to justice,
- provide a valuable service to those living in Liverpool (and further afield) and
- develop research linked to our practice.
The Law Clinic provides advice only and some full representation in immigration, family and education law. This gives opportunities to approximately 350 students who take part in voluntary projects and/or a final year clinic module. The Law School also runs a placement module in partnership with a number of voluntary sector organisations which specialise in welfare benefits advice.
We do not charge clients for our services of advice and representation, nor for interpreting fees. Costs payable to others (for example Home Office application fees) are our clients’ responsibility, and we will discuss these before incurring expenses. We have a small fund for exceptional costs where the client cannot afford an essential fee.
The Law Clinic does not have a legal aid contract. If we think that a client is eligible for legal aid we will advise them and signpost to a suitable advice service.
All of our qualified lawyers are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority or the Bar Standards Board. Students are supervised by qualified lawyers, receive training in confidentiality and sign contracts agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct for Solicitors while they are volunteering in the Law Clinic.
The Law Clinic is fully insured. Details of the insurance can be requested by email.