The School of Law runs a Legal Advice Centre open to members of the public, staff and students.
As a modern, civic university we are one of the only law schools in the UK where every student has the opportunity to get pro bono work experience from their first year onward, developing their practical skills while at the same time helping improve access to justice in the local community. Our University believes that even the most junior lawyer has a duty to give back to society.
Staffed by students, and supervised by experienced clinic staff and volunteer solicitors from leading Liverpool law firms, the Centre advises on a wide range of legal issues, provides public legal information services and conducts policy and other research. Our digital clinic work connects us with organisations across the UK and around the world who strive to empower communities to understand and enforce their rights.
We are a member and regular contributor to the Access to Justice and General Committees of the Liverpool Law Society. The LAC was shortlisted in 2015 for the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards in two categories (Best Contribution by a Law School and Best New Student Pro Bono Activity), just a few months after being established by Rachel Stalker. In 2019 we were shortlisted for the national Access to Justice Foundation Award and our student fundraisers won the LawWorks and Attorney General Law School Challenge award in the same year. The LAC is a member of the UK Clinical Legal Education Organisation, the European Network of Legal Education and the Global Alliance for Justice Education, and we form the Practice Area in the Centre for the Study of the Law in Theory and Practice.