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Lancaster University Law Clinic

Lancaster University Law Clinic offers free legal advice to members of the public on a variety of legal issues, including family law, education law, consumer disputes, wills and probate, small claims and employment law. The Clinic offers virtual appointments (telephone and skype) and drop-in appointments at The Storey in Lancaster city centre.

The Clinic can be accessed either by making a direct enquiry using our online appointment request form, or via a drop-in appointment at The Storey. We also welcome referrals from local community groups.

Client interviews are held with our student advisors, who take details of the case and then draft a letter of advice. Wherever possible, the letter of advice answers the legal queries that arose during the client interview, provides guidance to the client on their options, and/or signposts the client to further sources of assistance. All advice letters are supervised by a qualified solicitor with expertise in the applicable area of law. The Clinic aims to send an advice letter to clients within 14 – 21 days of the appointment. Please note that no verbal advice will be given on the day of the interview.

Consumer

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– Purchase of faulty goods
– Consumer contracts with service providers
– Breach of contract
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Family

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– Advice regarding divorce
– Division of assets
– Child contact
– Grandparents’ rights
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Education

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– School admissions and exclusions advice
– Disability discrimination
– Special educational needs
– Home to school transport
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Landlord and Tenant

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– Advice to landlords
– Advice to tenants
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Neighbour Disputes

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– Boundary disputes
– Right of way disputes
– Neighbour disagreements
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Wills

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– General advice on making a will
– Probate
– General advice regarding wills disputes
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Small Claims

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– How to commence a claim
– Considerations before commencing a claim
– Advice on alternative methods of dispute resolution
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Employment Disputes

Legal queries that we may be able to assist with include:
– Advice regarding dismissal
– Advice regarding discrimination
– Advice on employment contract disputes
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What Our Students Say

Working in the Lancaster University Law Clinic was an invaluable experience which has provided me with skills that I can take into my final year. Being granted this opportunity made me realise that I would like to specialise in private client work in the future and I cannot wait to put the skills I learnt into practice.

Becca JexThird year law student

Working as a student advisor for the Law Clinic has been a very enjoyable experience that has given me a valuable insight into the work done by solicitors. Interviewing clients has enabled me to develop my communication, teamwork and client-care skills, but it has also boosted my confidence. My research has allowed me to develop my legal knowledge in areas of law not taught in my degree. Providing help and support to members of the local community has also been a rewarding experience.

Stella HadjiloucasThird year law student

The Law Clinic provides me with a valuable opportunity to bridge the gap between life as a law student and life as a trainee solicitor. Further, it provides the local community in Lancaster the chance to accessibly obtain free legal advice. This is particularly important in a climate where legal aid support is scarcely available. It is also an excellent opportunity to practice my interviewing and letter-drafting skills, improving my ability to apply the law to real life scenarios.

Farah AliThird year law student

Being part of the Law Clinic has allowed me to use the knowledge I had gathered from prior legal work experience, to ensure clients receive a client-focused service. This has helped me to develop my interpersonal skills, whilst also ensuring the local community can receive free and accessible advice.

Ryan WhittakerThird year law student

My time working in the Law Clinic has been very enjoyable and has provided me with a range of skills which I believe will help me pursue my career as a solicitor. I have greatly improved my interviewing and client relationship skills as well as develop my professional legal writing style via the letters of advice. It is very rewarding to know that I am helping the community and providing a service that is in demand.

Ted HendeyThird year law student

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