Free law clinic opens up in Sunderland

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A STUDENT law clinic has opened its doors on Wearside.

The Sunderland Student Law Clinic is run by final-year law students at the city’s university, who offer free legal advice, focusing on areas where people may find it difficult to find or afford services.

Everything the clinic does is overseen by an experienced solicitor, ensuring a consistently high standard of legal advice throughout.

Chris Smith, lecturer in law and a practising solicitor, said: “The clinic aims to provide our final-year law students with a first-class learning experience which will prepare them for life in legal practice and develop hugely sought-after skills, whilst meeting a genuine need in the local community for access to free legal advice in a range of areas where funding is no longer readily available.”

Student Helen Roddy, 25, from Sunderland, said: “I am extremely happy to be part of the University of Sunderland’s Law Clinic. It will provide a worthwhile service to the community and is something that I am proud to be involved in.

“For the last two years of my degree, I have been working hard to build up my legal knowledge and skills as a prospective solicitor. To be able to put those skills into practice will be an exciting opportunity for me and will give me invaluable experience for the future.”

To contact the Sunderland Student Law Clinic, tel. 515 2550, email law-clinic@sunderland.ac.uk or visit www.sunderland.ac.uk/lawclinic.