About the Law Clinic

Welcome to the Law Clinic at University of Liverpool. Supported by our law students, Liverpool Law Clinic offers free legal advice to members of the public who are unable to otherwise afford it. Our solicitors are experts in their field and have many years of experience in practice.

We are one of the largest and oldest law clinics in the country and have been involved in a diverse range of issues since we opened in 2007. 

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)
  • Develop research linked to our practice

The Law Clinic provides advice only and some full representation in immigration, family and education law. We provide hands on opportunities to approximately 350 students a year through our taught programme or volunteer opportunities. In the academic year 2022-2023 we helped more than 400 clients. We predominantly provide free legal advice at our Clinic but we also partner with agencies across the area to deliver outreach projects and provide education about legal issues. You can read about some of our successes in a recent University of Liverpool news story.

Our immigration team focus on statelessness, family reunion and child registration. Our solicitors successfully represent clients in appeals before the First Tier Tribunal. 

Our education team has advised and assisted dozens of families in respect of the education of their disabled children, including supporting with appeals to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.

Our judicial review pre-action project has increased in capacity with the addition of another member of the team. His intervention on behalf of a client led to a change in a local authority’s travel to school policy, affecting not only our immediate client but other children across the city. We will continue to identify cases to drive change for as many children as possible.

Our family team advise on matters relating to children. The team run a large student project which includes supporting people at court. Our solicitors are assisted by volunteer solicitors from local firms.

Our family team’s intervention in a surrogacy case resulted in the case being transferred to the High Court to Family Liaison Judge for the Northern Circuit, where orders were made and judgment published to clarify the law in this area. 

We have a history of success in the Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards and a team of family student leaders were highly commended for their work in the summer of 2023. Liverpool Law Clinic students won the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Award for best contribution by a team of students for their work on our Hillsborough project, supporting the work of a local law firm representing the families of the 97 people who died in the disaster. In 2018/2019, our students won another LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Award for the best new project in relation to its work in The Anti-Trafficking Project. Our students have been highly commended and short listed in a number of categories over the years.

Visit out client page to find out how you can get free legal advice.

If you are thinking of studying with us and would like to learn more about the work we do, or you are an existing student and are thinking of volunteering with us or choosing Clinical Legal Skills in your third year, please visit our student page.

You can find us in the School of Law and Social Justice Building on Chatham Street:

Find out more about what is happening at the Law Clinic by following our Twitter and Instagram pages.

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