Hertfordshire Law Clinic

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Hertfordshire Law Clinic sees Hertfordshire Law School operating in partnership with 14 local law firms to improve access to justice, by providing free legal advice to the local community.

Award winning pro bono support

Hertfordshire Law Clinic offers free family law advice to low income individuals, including advice on:

  • Employment law
  • Intellectual property and commercial law
  • Powers of attorney
  • Housing law

Currently, Hertfordshire Law Clinic supports around 5-8 clients per week. Since the launch of the housing clinic in April 2020, demand is expected to increase as it has already supported almost as many clients as the employment clinic, which was established 6 months earlier.

Hertfordshire Law Clinic’s contribution has already been recognised, with an award win; Best New Pro Bono Activity at the 2020 LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards.

Partnering with local community groups to support those in need

Hertfordshire Law Clinic runs a satellite clinic at Future Living in Hertford, providing family law advice to those who have experienced domestic abuse.

Our feedback from clients has been really positive, [many] realising that they had been misled by previous [abusive] partners on what their rights were.

Sandra Conte

Founder of Future Living Hertford

Want to volunteer with Hertfordshire Law Clinic?

Despite opening its doors in 2019, more than 100 students from all course levels have volunteered supporting the valuable work Hertfordshire Law Clinic does. For students, it offers experiential learning opportunities, working on real client cases, and getting exposure to diverse communities and legal issues. Our students also tell us how rewarding it is to be able to genuinely help people while they’re still studying.

Anyone studying law at Hertfordshire can get involved with the Law Clinic, which operates Monday – Friday, between 09:00-17:00. Hertfordshire Law Clinic operates predominantly during term time, however in response to demand the team are continuing to provide support to those in need over the majority of the summer holidays.

Having the opportunity to conduct an interview or to give a presentation, or to help a duty desk solicitor with their hearings through volunteering with Hertfordshire Law Clinic; it helps you get more comfortable with activities you’d be doing if you end up practicing as a barrister or solicitor, which I plan to do in the future. This experience really helps give you an edge in the competitive law market.

Sartaz Billing

Third year LLB (Hons) Law student and aspiring barrister

A word from our Patron

Getting a chance to work with real clients under the supervision of real lawyers from local firms is a great opportunity for the students, and highlights why the Law School should be really proud of its achievements. Providing students with pro bono and co-curricular opportunities like the clinic not only helps them have the best experience at university, but also provides them with first class examples of relevant experience to put on their CVs, and equips them with the often overlooked ‘soft skills’, for example empathy, which will be so valuable to them in whatever career path they choose.

Planning ahead for employability is vitally important in our competitive world, as is ensuring the reputation of the Law School and University go from strength to strength. The clinic’s recent win at the national LawWorks Awards within its first year of opening shows the way ahead and makes me immensely proud as its patron. Some of the brilliant work they have been doing to support community members with housing matters which have emerged as a result of the pandemic also stands out; this is a unique offer and is already experiencing significant demand. I can’t wait to see what the team do next.

Grace Ononiwu CBE

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands and Patron of Hertfordshire Law Clinic

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