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.
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.
Kent Law School students are encouraged to participate and join in Clinic discussions and activities:
- 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
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
- public law
- welfare benefits.
We may also be able to offer advice in the following areas:
- wills and probate
- civil litigation
Term-time only (October to March inclusive)
We can take on a very 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 is still with us, and the numbers of people attending and working in the Clinic will be limited to ensure that staff, students and clients are comfortable and safe. Our Clinic meetings, discussion meetings and the Monday night advice sessions will be conducted online. Supervision of students’ casework and client meetings may take place in person or online.
The Monday evening advice sessions will be held remotely, via Zoom. This may be easier for you if you would otherwise have difficulty traveling to the Law Clinic and/or if you have children or other caring responsibilities.
If you wish to seek assistance from the Kent Law Clinic team, it is essential that you complete our New Enquiry Form. Please 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 enquiry form, we will consider the relevant referral details for you.
For existing cases and other matters, please email email@example.com (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.