University launches free legal service

Law clinic students at the University of Bedfordshire
Law clinic students at the University of Bedfordshire

Free legal advice is available to members of the community in a new initiative from the University of Bedfordshire.

The Law Clinic has opened its door to members of public offering advice in the areas of housing, consumer and employment law.

The clinic is a new project from the university’s School of Law, to give students practical experience interviewing and advising clients. Law students are able to offer free legal support and guidance to members of the general public.

All students have been trained in skills and techniques to support clients, and trained staff are available at all times to assist students.

Zain Qazi a second year law student said: “It’s a great opportunity for students to put their studies into practice. You can put it on to your CV and you’re more likely to be taken seriously when applying for a job.”

Tom Mortimer, head of the School of Law said: “This is an important opportunity for our students. The legal environment is extremely competitive and the Law Clinic will give added value to employing a student from the University of Bedfordshire.

“The Law Clinic will give our students the chance to interact with real people with real problems; it offers the link between theory and practice.”

The Law Clinic offers one off initial advice sessions in housing and consumer law. Advice on employment law is also available one session a month.

One hour appointments are available, to be booked in advance, between 2pm and 5pm on two Wednesday afternoons a month.

The next session dates for 2015 are February 11 and 25, March 11 and 18, April 8 and 22; May 13 and 20, June 10 and 24.

For further information or to book an appointment email lawclinic@beds.ac.uk or call 07702 338684 (24-hour voicemail facility).