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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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