The School’s Legal Advice Centre (LAC) offers free legal advice to the local community. Our law students work alongside solicitors from the City to advise our clients on the strength of their case, and provide them with an understanding of the legal issues and processes that need following.
The LAC runs seven projects throughout the year:
- General Advice
- Family Law
- Company Law
- Pink Law
- Law for the Arts
- Criminal Justice
- Supporting those who serve
Our advisers are selected via application, and undergo an extensive training programme with legal professionals, academic staff and the Queen Mary Careers service. Once trained, you will have the opportunity to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context, including interviewing clients and researching their case.
You will also be able to compete for one of the many work placements and mentoring opportunities the LAC offers with top City firms.
We work with over 80 solicitors from London firms such as Reed Smith, Mischon de Reya, Bross Bennet, Simmons & Simmons, Field Fisher Waterhouse and many more. We also have connections with criminal law specialists 15 New Bridge Street Chambers and a wide range of other organisations such as Lawyers Without Borders. These professionals work with us by supporting our client work and investing in the development of our Student Advisers.
The clients who use our service are usually members of the public and staff or students from Queen Mary. We are able to advise on a wide range of different issues, with the aim of equipping our clients with the legal knowledge they need and an indication of the viability of their case. Based on our recent survey, 100% of our clients would use us again and recommend our service to a friend.
Since its opening in 2006, the LAC has won and been nominated for numerous awards; most notably in the Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards, winning Best New Pro Bono Project 2008 and Best Team of Students 2010.
In 2013 we were runners up in the following categories: Best New Student Pro Bono Activity for our Supporting Those who Serve project and Best Contribution by a Law School.
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