Plymouth Law Clinic

The University of Plymouth Law Clinic is coordinated by students and supervised by staff and practitioners. The Law clinic runs a variety of pro bono projects and offers real advice and representation to clients, making a genuine difference to people’s lives. At the same time the Law Clinic provides students with valuable skills, knowledge and experience of the law in practice.

Our film by Florence Browne showcases the fantastic work that the Law Clinic students undertake in the Plymouth Community, as well as the ways in which the work develops their skills and employability.

Winners of the Student Pro Bono Awards 2019: Access to Justice Foundation Award 

Winners of the Student Pro Bono Awards 2018: Best Contribution by a Law School

Awards and nominations

Proud Winners of the ‘Access to Justice Foundation Award’ at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2019.

‘Highly Commended Team of students’ for the Refugee and Family Reunion Project at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2019.

Winners of the 'Best Contribution by a Law School' at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2018.

These awards are huge achievements that reflect the fantastic work of the Clinic and the students and staff involved. Read more about the 2018 and 2019 awards.

Student experience

The Law Clinic is a key part of the Law School and can be an invaluable part of a student’s experience whilst studying at Plymouth.

Students gain an insight into law in practice and a chance to see how the law works in genuine settings by managing real cases.

This gives students greater responsibility and the confidence to manage their own projects while developing skills that are highly sought after by employers.

The ranges of skills developed include teamwork and leadership, file management and drafting, communication and advocacy.

Unusually for a Law School Clinic (subject to individual applications), the pro bono work we undertake is available to all students on qualifying law degree courses at the University of Plymouth.

To get involved in the Clinic you can either volunteer or undertake project work as part of an assessed module.

Please download the current Law Clinic handbook.

University of Plymouth Law Clinic and work based learning annual presentation evening

Each year Law Clinic students from across the Clinic’s projects give presentations to law staff and students and external organisations, showcasing the great work they have undertaken that year as part of the Clinic and through community partnerships. 

The presentation event gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and experiences they have gained from working in the various Clinic projects, as well as to thank the local partnerships for their support.

Community Engagement

National campaign on refugee family reunion supported by the University of Plymouth and Red Cross partnership

The Refugee Family Reunion project in partnership with the British Red Cross, has contributed to a campaign to make it easier for refugees to be reunited with their families. A group from Plymouth’s Refugee Family Reunion project travelled to Westminster to take part in a parliamentary event, organised by the British Red Cross, to support the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill that seeks to relax the strict rules around family reunion.

Read the full article about the project

The foundations for a career in law

"Since completing my LLB (Hons) Law I have managed to get a job in the legal profession, working within conveyancing. In my interview at Nash & Co I was able to state that I can meet with clients, take telephone calls, draft documents and other such tasks because it was something that I had done during my time at the Law Clinic. They were very impressed in my interview that I was able to do so much, and I would not have had these skills had I not been a part of the Law Clinic."

Read Rhianna's Greenley's story