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Kent Law Clinic

Kent Law Clinic is a partnership between students, academics, solicitors and barristers. It is our mission to support people that live and work in Kent with a free public service, which provides legal advice and representation to those unable to afford it.

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.

Our Legal Advice Services

If you live in Kent and need legal advice but can't afford to pay, you can seek help from the Clinic. We currently specialise in the following areas of law:

  • access to land
  • asylum
  • employment
  • family
  • housing
  • immigration
  • public law
  • welfare benefits.

We may also be able to offer advice in the following areas:

  • wills and probate
  • civil litigation

Check out the client case studies in our News blog for information on our past casework.

Contact us

If you are seeking legal advice from the Kent Law Clinic team, please complete our New Legal Advice Enquiry Form

With the Kent Law Clinic a teaching environment, we mainly operate during the academic year October- March, with free advice sessions usually on Monday evenings.

Cases are conducted by student caseworkers under the supervision of the Clinic’s legal practitioners. This is with a volunteer legal advisor, with law students in attendance to observe the session.

The Clinic operates a reduced advice/referral service from March to September. We may be able to refer you to other organisations that can help.

For existing cases and other matters, please email kentlawclinic@kent.ac.uk for the quickest response.

If you do not have any internet access please leave a voicemail message on 01227 823311 and we will respond as soon as we can.

Legal Advice New Enquiry Form

Kent Law Clinic

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Student involvement in the Clinic

Clinical Option Module 

The Clinical Option Module provides an opportunity for students to work in-depth on a legal case involving local clients. 

  • The module is open to Stage 2 and Stage 3 students. Student casework is closely supervised. Numbers are limited and applicants are chosen by ballot.

Co-curricular participation

All Kent Law School students can enrol via the KLC Moodle page here and get involved in Clinic discussions and activities including:

  • participate in the popular weekly Clinic Meetings, reporting back and discussing Clinic cases and also cases in the news
  • attend regular legal discussion groups led by Clinic supervisors – where students will be able to consider new requests for advice, carry out legal research, discuss case strategies and report back to Clinic meetings
  • attend the free weekly advice sessions to watch practising lawyers interview and give advice to local clients (currently taking place online) and reporting back to Clinic meetings.