Edge Hill University Law Clinic provides free and confidential legal advice to members of the public
The Law Clinic is an established initiative which provides free of charge legal advice to all staff and students at the University as well as members of the public during term time. Under the supervision of Law Clinic Director and Solicitor, Robert Collinson as well as solicitors from external legal practices, final year Law students can gain direct experience of advising real clients with genuine legal issues.
Applying their legal knowledge and considered legal advice to help clients, our students have a practical and in-depth experience and enhance their employability skills in a wide range of practice areas.
Director of the Law Clinic and Solicitor Robert Collinson said:
“All law employers these days expect students at the very least to have undertaken work experience if they wish to work in legal practice. Law Students who have the opportunity to take the significant further steps of interviewing and advising a real client, will have a substantial advantage in terms of convincing employers that they have the commitment and skills needed in the modern world of legal practice.”
Types of legal matters considered
The Law Clinic gives advice on most personal legal issues, providing a great grounding for students as they gain a solid insight into law in practice. This year students provided advice on wills and probate issues, employment and contract law, criminal offences, problems with landlords, property matters including land sales and boundary disputes and personal injury issues. We also work with external legal practitioners in private practice, including Darren White of Maxwell Hodge, Solicitors, who supervises specialist Family Law Clinics at the University, providing advice on all aspects of family and child law.
Feedback from our clients
"The students who dealt with my case were excellent. They were friendly, helpful, made me feel comfortable and listened to what I had to say."
"This was a very positive experience. The Student Advisors were professional, well prepared and the service gave excellent advice."
"Thank you to students and staff for taking the time to offer this service. During the process, I felt my concerns were listened to in a sensitive way and the time in which advice was given exceeded my expectations."
Who we work with
The Law Clinic now runs a specialist Family Law Clinic overseen by a solicitor practising in this area of law. Advice can be given in relation to all aspects of family law including divorce, child custody/access and division of assets.
Darren White of Maxwell Hodge Solicitors states:
“I have been involved with the Edge Hill University Law Clinic for several years. I have been extremely impressed with the professional attitude of the students.
The Law Clinic provides access to legal advice to people when they need it the most and helps the students to develop their skills to take into practice. It is something I am very proud to be a part of.”
What our students say about working in the Law Clinic
"The Law Clinic is a brilliant way of putting my legal skills into practice and I am really glad I was able to take part."
"This is a very stimulating module which gave a great insight into the practical side of Law."
"The interview process was the most interesting aspect of the Law Clinic Experience Module as it gave me a real-life experience with a client in a law environment."
Get in touch
The Law Clinic has now closed and will re-open at the start of the new academic year in September 2021.