King's law students use their legal knowledge and skills to give back to the community
Access to legal aid has been reduced due to changes in law and funding cuts to legal centres and services.
King’s law students are improving access by offering free legal advice to our local communities through King’s Legal Clinic.
Clients contact King’s Legal Clinic to obtain legal advice on a diverse range of issues, including housing, immigration, family or employment.
Under the supervision of qualified lawyers, our law students interview clients, analyse and research their legal issues. They then draft an advice letter outlining actions they may take to resolve their problem.
The legal clinic has been an amazing opportunity for me as a practice-oriented law student. It has provided us all with the chance to see what it is like working on real cases with very real issues. Moreover, it has allowed us to touch upon areas of law we have not had the opportunity to, which is a very valuable learning experience.– Maria Apostolova, King’s Legal Clinic volunteer
Students from King’s Legal Clinic also assist local lawyers offering pro bono advice, for example to migrant families wishing to remain in the UK on human rights grounds.
As well as providing legal advice, students work alongside King’s academics to raise awareness of the issues impacting vulnerable communities in our local boroughs. For instance, the Clinic's ‘Evidence and Strategic Litigation Research Project’ saw King’s students investigate how different local authorities administer ‘hardship funds’.
Learn more about King’s Legal Clinic and how the King’s community is serving society in the university’s Service annual report 2018-19.