Student Legal Advice Centre

The Student Legal Advice Centre was established within Derby Law School in February 2019. It provides members of the public with free legal advice on a wide range of areas of law. 

The Student Legal Advice Centre was recently shortlisted for Best Contribution by a Law School at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2022, and was highly commended at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021 for Best contribution in relation to the Centre’s Immigration Family Reunion Clinic. 

Aims

  • To provide students with real-world opportunity to learn and develop knowledge and practical skills by providing advice and assistance to the public
  • To provide the community of Derby with free advice and assistance in a number of areas of law, providing a wider access to justice

How it works

Members of the public can book appointments with our students who will be able to offer free assistance under the supervision of qualified legal professionals. The Centre offers assistance in the following areas:

  • Family law
  • Criminal injuries compensation authority claims
  • Immigration family reunion (in partnership with British Red Cross and Paragon Law)

The Student Legal Advice Centre also offers support to Litigants in Person in Family Law matters at the Family Court at Derby. If you are representing yourself in a Family Law matter, a student volunteer can attend Court with you to support you, take notes and following the hearing discuss the outcome of the hearing with you.

In Autumn 2022, a Business Clinic and Legal Triage Clinic (exclusively for University of Derby students) will be launched. The Centre also has a Policy Clinic and Justice Project.

Student involvement

As a student of Derby Law School, you will have the opportunity to become involved with the centre from the outset of your degree. Depending on which clinic you volunteer in within the Centre, you will have the opportunity to meet with clients, take instructions, carry out research and advise accordingly.

First year students are currently involved in a justice project. This promotes the teaching of law to all members of the community, including school children, by informing them of their legal rights and responsibilities.

Second year students have the opportunity to become involved in the Immigration Family Reunion Clinic. The Centre partners with the British Red Cross and Paragon Law in delivery of this service. Second year students will also have the opportunity to become involved in the Legal Triage Clinic.

Third year students are involved in the Family Law Clinic and Support at Court for Litigants in Person. Third year students will also have the opportunity to become involved in the Business Clinic. 

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to volunteer in the Centre’s Policy Clinic, which carries out research for non-government organisations. 

A law student in the courtroom

I have loved working in the Student Legal Advice Centre. Not only has it helped me to develop practical legal skills, but it has also helped to improve my emotional intelligence due to dealing with sensitive issues.

Sophie Spencer
LLB (Hons)

They really gave me confidence to sort the finances out – each email I received was straightforward and everything they said made sense. It would have been a real struggle without them.

Steve
Student Legal Advice Centre client

Appointments are available to be booked every Thursday between 1pm - 5pm for family law and criminal injuries compensation authority claims.*

Appointments are available to be booked every other Wednesday between 1pm - 5pm for immigration family reunion clinic.*

Each appointment will be supervised by centre lead Kaye Howells.

Contact details

Email: studentlegaladvicecentre@derby.ac.uk

Telephone: 01332 591645

*In line with current coronavirus guidelines, all clinics are being run virtually. Please contact the clinic through email at this time.