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Students giving advice at the Legal Advice Centre

Legal Advice Centre

Gain insights into the legal profession, whilst helping members of the public with real life legal issues.

Our Legal Advice Centre offers a unique experience while you study at the School of Law - to develop practical skills in offering pro bono legal advice in real legal cases. Under the supervision of a qualified solicitor, you will meet a client, research their case and prepare advice for them.

Volunteering at the Legal Advice Centre is a great way to not only develop your practical legal skills, but also show future employers your commitment to the legal profession and social responsibility, which can really make you stand out when applying for jobs.

Typical clinics

Regular clinics are held in the following areas of the law:

  • Employment law
  • Landlord and tenant law
  • Family law
  • Dementia law
  • Education law
  • Environmental law
  • Domestic violence law
  • Consumer law

If there is a particular area you are interested in developing further, you can volunteer for relevant clinics to further develop your specific knowledge.

About the Centre

Our Legal Advice Centre is managed by Director, Mrs Dinah Crystal OBE (Solicitor), and Deputy Director, Mr Neil Allen (Barrister), with the support of local lawyers and academic staff. It provides free, strictly confidential legal advice to members of the public (including University staff and students).

In October 2009 our second Legal Advice Centre was launched in The Settlement in East Manchester by Michael Mansfield, one of the UK's most well known lawyers.

Work at the Centre is sponsored by Linklaters, and Clyde & Co solicitors. We have over 100 solicitors and local barristers on our rota, and are further assisted by the Manchester Law Society and the Northern Bar Circuit. We are also a Clinic of LawWorks.

Our work has also been awarded the Advice Quality Stand’s Quality Mark for General Help.