Student discussing a case with solicitor at Kent Law Clinic

Kent Law Clinic

Kent Law Clinic is a partnership between students, academics, and solicitors and barristers in practice locally.

Advice, representation and education

The Clinic has two objectives: providing a free public service to people in Kent who need legal advice/representation and who cannot afford to pay for it, and enhancing the education of students in Kent Law School through direct legal practice. 

In the Clinic, students have a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge of law through working on live cases and then critically reflecting on what they have done. 

This approach has established the Clinic as a pioneer in clinical legal education. In 2018, the Kent Law Society awarded the Clinic the 200th Anniversary Award for its significant contribution to the development and practice of law within Kent. 

Law student and solicitor working together at a table at Kent Law Clinic

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Student involvement in the Clinic

As a Kent Law School student, you have the opportunity of getting involved with the Clinic. You participate on a voluntary basis in activities such as: 

  • conducting live cases under the supervision of our solicitors 
  • joining our rota of volunteers (supported by Clinic staff, student volunteers take legal instructions, manage office systems and enable the public to access legal advice through appointments and referrals)
  • attending and/or co-ordinating the free weekly advice sessions with practising lawyers
  • participating in the popular weekly Clinic Meetings
  • organising debates and getting involved in projects
  • addressing current legal issues.

Law LLB students can also take a Clinical Option module as part of their programme.

Clinic services

If you live in Kent and can't afford to pay for legal advice, you can seek help from the Clinic. The Clinic is committed to further access to justice and specialises in what is often referred to as social welfare law. We have expertise in the following areas of law: 
• access to land
• asylum
• employment
• family
• housing
• immigration
• public law 
• welfare benefits.

Term-time only (October to March inclusive)

  • We can take on a limited number of cases which are conducted by student caseworkers under the supervision of the Clinic’s legal practitioners
  • Where possible, we will offer you a free Monday evening advice session with a volunteer legal advisor. Law students will attend and observe the advice session

March to September

  • Please note, that the Clinic operates a reduced advice/referral service from March to September.

COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, and the safety measures implemented by the University, physical access to the Law Clinic is currently limited, and staff are working mostly from home.

Monday evening advice sessions will be held remotely, via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This may be easier for you if you would otherwise have difficulty travelling to the Law Clinic and/or if you have children or other caring responsibilities. It is not essential for you to have internet access for these advice sessions, but we will need to be able to contact you by telephone (with or without video).    

Contact us

If you wish to seek assistance from the Kent Law Clinic team, it is essential that you complete our New Enquiry FormPlease note, Kent Law Clinic's services operate in line with the University's academic term dates between October and March, with a reduced service provided between March and September. We may be able to refer you to other organisations that can help you, once we have received your new enquiry form, we will consider the relevant referral details for you.

For existing cases and other matters, please email kentlawclinic@kent.ac.uk (for new enquiries, please complete the New Enquiry Form linked above).

Please email us for the quickest response. If you do not have any internet access (for non-urgent matters), you can leave a voicemail message on 01227 823311 and we will respond as soon as we can.

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