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Essex Law Clinic

Essex Law Clinic benefits the local community by offering free initial advice about legal problems while giving our students the chance to work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients.

  • Free and confidential advice

      Members of the public, students and University staff can use the Essex Law Clinic to get free initial advice about a legal problem they are facing. We offer clients an initial consultation to find out their legal position and advise them on what steps they can take to remedy the issues.

      We operate by appointment and an initial assessment, which is made by the Clinic Manager, in order to find out whether we can help. Clients are then asked to attend an appointment and bring with them all relevant documentation relating to their legal issue.

      All legal advice and assistance is given in the strictest confidence.

  • What we can help with

    We can advise on the following issues:

    • landlord and tenant disputes
    • freehold and leasehold disputes
    • employment issues
    • consumer issues
    • equality issues
    • benefits advice
    • contracts
    • negligence

    We cannot take appointments for issues that concern immigration, criminal law, will writing, tax and debt. We also cannot assist any person wishing to pursue a claim against the University, its governors, employees or students. Nor can we assist in claims that may create a conflict of interest for our supervising law firms. We reserve the right not to give advice in any particular case.

    The Essex Law Clinic is not regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and does not claim to be a solicitors practice. All law students participating in the Essex Law Clinic receive thorough training and adhere to the Pro Bono Protocol.

  • Location

    Essex Law Clinic is based in Essex Law School at our University's Colchester Campus. We are open for appointments on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings during term-time only.

  • Appointment booking

    To book an appointment, please call the Students Union Advice Centre on 01206 874030 or email

  • Working in the Essex Law Clinic

    If you're a current student, find out more about working in the Essex Law Clinic.

New premises

In December 2016 our Law and Human Rights Clinics moved into new, purpose-built spaces. Keir Starmer QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions and now Labour MP for Holborn and St Prancras, opened the clinics on 8 December 2016.

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