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What our students do

King's Legal Clinic is a generalist advice-only law clinic. This means we do not specialise in any particular area of the law. Instead, when the client first contacts us, we assess whether we have the expertise to be able to supervise the case, we consider the urgency of the matter and we look at whether the case will provide students with an adequate learning opportunity. If we can’t take a case on, then we will refer to other legal service providers.

Due to being an advice-only service, the Clinic cannot directly represent clients in court or before tribunals and cannot conduct litigation on their behalf.

The Clinic offers legal advice in a range of specialist areas, working with leading law firms to run clinics focused on:

  • Social Enterprises and Start Ups (with Charles Russell Speechlys);
  • Immigration & Asylum (with Duncan Lewis Solicitors);
  • Family Clinic (with Stowe Family Law LLP); and
  • PwC Legal Clinic (with PricewaterhouseCoopers)

We also run a number of research projects and work in collaboration with other organisations to provide services to the community including:

  • Support to litigants in person via The Personal Support Unit
  • Investigating potential miscarriages of justice with The Freedom Law Clinic
  • Providing tribunal representation, via The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust ('Z2K'), to people across London appealing decisions about their disability benefit.

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How we work with clients

Clients generally get in touch by filling our our online enquiry form to request an appointment. Alternatively, clients can also email or ring the Clinic directly with details of their query. If we are able to take on their case, then the case will be allocated to a pair or group of students who will be responsible for opening and maintaining the file and working together to draft the letter of advice for the client.

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The client appointment  

On the day of the appointment, our students will meet and greet the client, accompany them to the interview room, and then conduct the interview on their own. The students will use the interview to find out more about the facts relating to the client's issue; no legal advice is given during the interview.

Normally, the Supervising Solicitor will not take part in the interview but will be available to help with any queries (for some of our specialist clinics, the external solicitors will sit in on the appointment).

Over the next two weeks, the students will analyse the client’s problem, identify and research the key issues, and draft a letter of advice. The letter of advice will then normally be sent to the client two weeks after the date of their initial appointment.

What our students gain

There are so many reasons why working in the Clinic is beneficial for students. The most important one is that it shows students that legal problems do not exist in a vacuum. They do not come neatly labelled as a contract problem or a family law issue, for example. Sometimes the client’s problem is not actually legal but calls for intervention and support from other agencies. Other times, the client struggles to explain what their problem is, and it becomes the student's job to help the client articulate their questions.

As a result students will have to develop a whole range of skills which are different to those learnt on the law programme:

  • Problem solving
  • Active listening
  • Legal research and accurate note taking
  • Demonstrating empathy whilst at the same time maintaining professionalism.

We also know that employers value the experience that students get from working on real life problems. It helps students develop what are known as 'soft skills' which employers are often looking for, exposing students to the difference between knowing the law and practicing the law. Because many of the cases students will encounter involve people at the sharp end of political and legal decisions, involvement in the Clinic forces students to think about how laws are made, who makes the laws and what can be done where well intentioned policy results in bad law.

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Our mission

Our mission

King's Legal Clinic aims to serve London with free legal advice.

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