The Student Law Office is a live solicitors’ practice offering pro bono legal advice to members of the public. It is an extraordinary example of integrated legal practice at the heart of a law degree, and has been called the “jewel in the crown” of Northumbria Law School. In 2014, Her Majesty The Queen presented Northumbria University, Newcastle, with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the outstanding community work of its Student Law Office.
All students undertaking Northumbria Law School’s innovative M Law Exempting Degree work in the Student Law Office during their final year. They provide full legal advice and (where appropriate and possible) representation to members of the public completely free of charge, under the supervision of qualified solicitors and barristers who are Senior Lecturers in the Law School. The students are divided into “firms” of six and each firm advises on a specific area of law. The students advise on a remarkable range of legal practice areas including housing, crime, civil and consumer disputes, business, employment, family, planning, criminal injuries compensation appeals, business and welfare benefits.
This blog is brought to you by the students and supervisors of the Business & Commercial firms. We will be telling you more about the work of the Student Law Office, what it is like to be a student working on a clinical legal education programme, giving you some hints and practical tips about key areas of company, commercial and intellectual property law and posting any other information we think might be of interest.
This blog is NOT intended or designed to provide legal advice. The content on our blog is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our blog.
If you have a legal query and wish to contact the Student Law Office to see if we might be able to assist, please use the contact details available here. Please note that during the summer months, when the students are away from university, the Student Law Office does not take on any new cases.