Edge Hill have announced the re-opening of their free Law Clinic on 20th September giving members of the public the opportunity to receive high quality, free legal advice.
Run by the Law Department since 2014, the Law Clinic allows members of the public, students and staff to receive free legal advice from law students.
The clinic can provide 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. All of the advice provided is moderated by a professional solicitor to ensure it is of the highest quality.
Director of the Law Clinic and Solicitor Robert Collinson said: “We’re really proud to be able to offer this free service to the public. Not only does it provide our student’s with valuable careers experience, but our clients also get high quality legal advice that helps them solve major problems in their lives. It is really good to know that as a University we are playing a part in the community and giving back.”
One client who used the service said: “I would definitely recommend others to use your service. The students were very professional, and I am grateful to them.”
Another wrote: “I am really grateful for this service and thanks go to the students and solicitor for conducting the interview and providing this information in such a timely manner.”
Appointments can be booked on the law clinic webpage – www.ehu.ac.uk/lawclinic. Pre-booking is essential.
The Law Clinic provides students with a solid insight into law in practice, giving them important experience as they prepare to graduate and begin their careers.
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.”
By having the opportunity to apply their legal knowledge and advice to help clients, the students involved will stand out to graduate employers with practical and in-depth experience and employability skills.
Megan Bell, final year LLB (Hons) Law student said: “Working with my peers on Law Clinic matters allowed me to build on my listening and empathy skills, as our discussions involved hearing one another’s opinions and knowledge. It has also helped me to develop my confidence and independence, which is essential when working in the legal sector.”
All of Edge Hill’s Law courses are qualifying law degrees, meaning students will be ready to enter legal practice as soon as they graduate.