Law

Pro bono services

LJMU's pro bono services

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We have a range of services on offer. Browse through the list below to find the service that's right for you.

Legal Advice Centre

Our Legal Advice Centre offers free legal advice to our students, staff and members of the public. Students can volunteer at the Legal Advice Centre, gaining valuable legal experience.

In March 2015, the Legal Advice Centre was shortlisted for the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2015 (Best Contribution by a Law School and Best New Student Pro Bono Activity). This ceremony recognises the best pro bono activities undertaken by law schools and students.

To request an appointment with the Legal Advice Centre please complete the LAC Online Applicant Request Form.

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Our School’s Legal Advice Centre is connected to the following national and international networks:

  • LawWorks – the national pro bono charity
  • The Clinical Legal Education Organisation – linking law school clinics across the UK
  • The European Network of Clinical Legal Education
  • The Global Alliance for Justice Education
  • The International Association of Legal Ethics

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Wills and Administration Clinic

Since the initial launch and successful pilot of the service, we now offer a clinic for wills and administration issues. Like our Family and Employment Clinic, our wills and administration service is  appointment-only.  widen the scope of our current Legal Advice Centre to include a clinic offering advice on Wills and Administration issues. Like our Family and Employment Clinic, this will be an appointment-only service.

Family Drop-in Clinic

The Family Drop-in Clinic is a drop-in service that does not require prior appointment, although anyone wishing to use the service should turn up at least half an hour before the time the clinic is scheduled to end. Clients who attend the Family Drop-in Clinic are able to get immediate advice from a solicitor, shadowed by students. The dates for our drop-ins are as follows:

- Thursday 24th November 2016: 5.30-7pm
- Thursday 8th December 2016: 12.30-2pm
- Monday 16th January 2017: 5.30-7pm
- Thursday 16th February 2017: 12.30-2pm
- Thursday 2nd March 2017: 5.30-7pm
- Thursday 30th March 2017: 12.30-2pm
- Thursday 6th April 2017: 5.30-7pm

Family and Civil Courts

CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Community Keele) was developed at Keele University to assist unrepresented litigants by:

• Identifying litigants who may qualify for legal aid and referring them to a local law firm; or
• Signposting litigants to a suitable pro bono/third sector service such as Citizens’ Advice or a University law clinic to obtain legal advice; and
• Training students as Community Legal Companions to assist litigants in-person with form filling, or at court in line with the McKenzie Friend principles and on a non-fee charging basis. 

LJMU is piloting this scheme during the academic year 2016-17 in association with the Personal Support Unit at the Liverpool Family and Civil Courts, who are already doing so much to assist unrepresented litigants. We are also supported by:

  • Morecrofts
  • MSB
  • QS Jackson & Canter
  • Liverpool Community Advice
  • Sefton CAB
  • Vauxhall Community Law and Information Centre

In April 2016, CLOCK was Highly Commended for an Outstanding Contribution to Access to Justice by the Access to Justice Foundation at its annual awards ceremony.

Apply for assistance: Our pilot will focus on family cases. You can requests  assistance via the CLOCK website.

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Contact us

To request an appointment with the Legal Advice Centre please complete the LAC Online Applicant Request Form.

If you would prefer, please call us and leave a voicemail: 07968422574.

Please note: we cannot offer legal advice over the telephone.

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The Legal Advice Centre is based in the John Foster Building (80-98 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5UZ). The entrance is nearest the junction with Rodney Street and Clarence Street. When you arrive for a drop-in clinic or appointment, a student or member of staff will be there to conduct you to our confidential interview rooms.

If you have a more general enquiry or would just like to find out more information about the Pro Bono work we do, please contact Solicitor and Senior Lecturer, Rachel Stalker.