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
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.
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
• criminal justice
• public law
• welfare benefits.
Where possible, we will offer you a free advice session with a volunteer legal advisor. Law students will attend and observe the advice session.
We can take on a limited number of cases which are conducted by student caseworkers under the supervision of the Clinic’s legal practitioners. Please contact us on 01227 823311 (term-time only, October to March inclusive).