Essex Law Clinic

Access free legal help

Are you struggling to access legal help? The Essex Law Clinic can support you. Get in touch today.

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Areas of law we cover:
Family law Housing Immigration law Personal injury Consumer law Employment law Equality issues Welfare benefits Wills and probate

Free legal assistance is available to you

Access to legal help can be difficult, if not impossible for many people. If you live in Essex or are a member of staff at  Essex University, the Law Clinic can support you with our free legal advice service.

You can receive assistance usually in the form of a written letter of advice, but also, where appropriate, forms of representation such as form filling, letter writing, and help with limited forms of legal action can be provided.

Advice is usually given in the form of a letter no later than four weeks after an initial interview, but in urgent cases and where possible, advice can be given on the spot and followed up with a confirmation letter.

There are a number of areas you can use our service for, including family, housing, immigration, and social welfare benefits (to name a few), however, we also take on cases in other areas of law where required.

In order to see if we can help you, please email us at or telephone (+44) 01206 874429. If we're not able to help you with your case, we'll provide you with information about other available services or suggest you consult a lawyer.


Why use the Clinic?
  • Free professional legal advice if you live in Essex
  • Be confident in how to move forwards and take action
  • Appointments via video, on campus, or at our outreach clinics

What our
clients are saying

“I found the service at the clinic to be extremely professional yet friendly and reassuring.“
“Thank you so much for your advice, help and kindness during the process.”
“Thank you so much for your advice, help and kindness during the process.”
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How does it work?

The Clinic is based within the Essex Law School at the University of Essex. Students studying Law at Essex volunteer in the Law Clinic so that they're able to put their legal training into practice, by providing advice and guidance on legal issues to the local community. Our law students are highly trained, and professional, and are supervised by experienced legal practitioners who will ensure any advice and guidance you receive is lawful and accurate.

Before we're able to provide any legal advice, you'll need to attend an interview so that we're able to ascertain your needs. These interviews are a safe space, where your needs will be listened to and understood. There are a few ways you can attend an interview. Interviews can be held via video conferencing, or at our professional law clinic at our Colchester Campus. You can also attend your interview at one of our outreach clinics around Colchester.

If you prefer to have your interview via video conference or at one of our outreach clinics, please email or call 01206 874429 and we can discuss your preferences when assessing whether we are able to help you and provide you with an appointment.

Campus Clinic

Campus clinics are usually held between 5.30-7.30pm on a Wednesday evening, and are by appointment only. In exceptional cases, it may be possible to arrange an appointment outside these times. As assistance is provided by students, we operate mainly during the University term time and throughout the summer. There are a few weeks throughout the year that we are unlikely to operate, such as Christmas, Easter, and the examination period (May - June). If your matter is not urgent, a waitlist is available.



Outreach Clinics

Beacon House

Students run an information and advice outreach service every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm. This service is only for those who are homeless or in precarious housing that use the services at Beacon House.

Beacon House clients can get housing and family law advice on the spot in Beacon House or be referred for other Law Clinic services and facilitated to access legal advice. The team also offer public legal education and support Beacon House staff with housing advice and complex cases.

Tendring Schools

Our partnership with the Mid-Tendring Education Partnership enables parents of children at various schools throughout the Tendring area to book an appointment to see Law Clinic advisors at their child’s school. To see when your child’s school next has appointments available, please email or telephone 01206 874429. 


Advice is available on an ad-hoc basis at locations run by the Jaywick Community Forum and Inclusion Ventures. For more information about availability of outreach work or the further development of this, please email or telephone 01206 874429.

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Essex Law Clinic students



“I can't thank you enough for all the support you have given me when I was on my lowest point. I’m forever grateful to all of you for going an extra mile when I couldn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. Me and my boys can look forward to each day now.”
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Need to talk?
Essex Law Clinic Room 4SB.5.11, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874429