The Law Clinic is open during term time and offers appointments between October and March each year. To request an appointment with the clinic please complete the online form on our 'contact us' page
Taking on cases
Enquiries usually come into the Clinic as a direct enquiry via our online appointment request form (which will be live from September). We also receive referrals from Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen's Advice Bureau and local community groups. Clients are asked to provide a brief description of the issue that they need advice on and a member of the Law Clinic will be in touch to offer an appointment or to let you know that we can’t help on this occasion.
The Law Clinic offers appointments between March and October to members of the public. Appointments are offered in Lancaster and Morecambe town centre. An appointment is offered with student advisors who work in teams of two and then go away and research the problem and area of law. Whilst they are doing this they are closely supervised by a qualified solicitor or barrister holding a practicing certificate. The Law Clinic aims to send a letter of advice within 2 weeks of the appointment date.
Types of cases
The types of cases that we advise on are extremely varied and typically include:
- housing and family issues (except cases concerning children unless in a domestic context - adoption and care proceedings are not advised on)
- employment and contract law
- neighbour disputes
- wills and probate
- consumer dispute
- education law.
We also refer clients in the areas of homelessness and asylum to our local Citizen's Advice Bureau.
How do the students work?
The Law Clinic is made up of teams of students organised as 'firms'. Students are supervised by qualified solicitors and barristers in their specialist area. We only take on cases where we have suitably qualified supervisors available. This ensures that we provide expert supervision to our students and provide the best service to our clients.
Pop Up Clinics
During the course of the academic year, the Law Clinic is invited to local community organisations and initiatives. They include a local food bank and supported housing project. Law Clinic students attend a series of ‘pop up clinics’ in the community to provide advice to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients.
The Law Clinic is in discussion with local practitioners, the court and community projects to develop the Law Clinic further in future academic years.