The Law Clinic offers real advice and assistance to clients in the Plymouth community, across a range of legal areas. Coordinated by law students and supervised by staff - the clinic provides hands on experience for our students and provides a vital service to the local community.
Our story, your story: This short film by Florence Browne showcases the fantastic work our Law Clinic students undertake with our local community partners.
A student-led law clinic for the community
You can call or email the Law Clinic to make an enquiry:
Telephone: +44 1752 585502
The Law Clinic,
University of Plymouth,
There are several car parks within walking distance of the University and Clinic, namely Regent Street car park, Mayflower House Court, Mayflower Street East and Mayflower Street West. A full list of car parks and their locations can be found on the Plymouth City Council website.
The clinic is also accessible via numerous public transport routes, please refer to the Plymouth City Council website for details.
Our new site is located on Endsleigh Place, on the University of Plymouth campus where you will find:
- A welcoming and professional space for students and staff to meet with clients
- Sound-proof booths for clients to discuss their concerns in a confidential and safe environment
- A large modern space for teaching, community events and workshops
- Beautiful window designs created by artist Lembi Ilsjan, inspired by her time completing a BA in Illustration at the University of Plymouth
Education and community engagement is at the very heart of what we do at the Law Clinic. Across our clinics and projects, practitioners and students provide legal support in a variety of ways. Three key elements of our work include:
- Individual legal advice and information
- Public legal education in partnership with the local community
- Collaboration with community partners to build a strong local network of support and advice
We couldn’t do it alone. Our incredible community partners help make this work possible. Together, the impact of our work is able to reach far and wide within the multitude of communities in Plymouth.
Awards and nominations
The Law Clinic is extremely proud that the hard work of the students, staff and partners has been recognised for a number of prestigious awards. In the last three years alone, The Law Clinic has won multiple awards at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards:
- Shortlisted for Best Contribution by a Law School 2021
- Shortlisted for Access to Justice Foundation Award 2021
- Shortlisted for Best Contribution by a team of students 2021
- Best Contribution by a Team of Students (in partnership with the British Red Cross) in 2020
- Access to Justice Foundation Award 2020
- Access to Justice Foundation Award 2019
- Best Contribution by a Law School 2018
Building the foundations for a career
The Law Clinic offers a fantastic experiential dimension to the undergraduate Law degrees available at The University of Plymouth.
Students have the opportunity to:
- gain a valuable insight into law in practice through first-hand experience of managing real cases and clients
- undertake public legal education projects, research, interdisciplinary activities and work with community partner organisations
- develop key transferable skills including teamwork, leadership and communication which will equip them for any career
The quality and reach of our work benefits from accessing a wide pool of skills and expertise. The local community contributes hugely to expanding that pool, but we also draw on the diversity of knowledge and perspectives across different departments within our university.
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"The Law Clinic enabled me to find a practice area I was truly passionate about. I have always been incredibly grateful for the transferable skills I gained. I cannot recommend volunteering at the clinic highly enough. Not only did it open doors into my career, I also made friends and contacts who still offer support and encouragement.”
Family Law Clinic student 2019
The community-based work and projects carried out by the Law Clinic provide a range of opportunities to conduct valuable research and to contribute to policy making.
Impact research allows us to regularly assess the effectiveness of our work on both the community and students.
Pedagogic research enables us to look at how our innovative work-based learning modules sit within the greater framework of higher education and employability.
Associate Professor of Law
Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education
Lecturer in Law (Education)
Dr Simone Schroff
Lecturer in Law
Associate Professor of Law (Education)
Mrs Pippa Trimble
Lecturer in Law (Education)