Student Law Office

The Student Law Office is a hugely successful clinical legal education scheme whereby law students participate in a legal advice and representation scheme on behalf of clients as part of their academic and professional development. The service is run as a full legal service just like any other firm of solicitors. Practising lawyers closely supervise the students' work and have overall responsibility for ensuring that clients receive a professional service. 

Northumbria University received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the outstanding community work of its Student Law Office. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is the highest form of national recognition for higher and further education open to a UK academic institution, and is given in recognition of work judged to be of outstanding excellence and with positive impact.

To view our Queen's Anniversary Prize video, please click here.

The excellent teaching environment in the Student Law Office has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy, with the Student Law Office winning a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) – a new award which celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning and highlights innovative practice which supports student learning.

Our Student Law Office Annual Report provides a fantastic overview of our awards successes, student and staff achievements, distinguished visitors, innovative pro bono projects, and world-leading clinical research. Click here to see this year’s Annual Report.

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And the winner is...

Northumbria University, Newcastle has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the exceptional work of its Student Law Office.

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Areas of work

Student Law Office modules are offered on a number of programmes. On the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students can choose to complete the Student Law Office as an elective subject. On the Exempting Law Degree all students participate in the Student Law Offi

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Examples of Recent Cases

Mrs E is a carer for her brother who has a number of health problems and disabilities. He had applied for Disability Living Allowance to help with these problems but this had been refused.

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Student Scholarships and Prizes

There are a wide range of opportunities and prizes open to Northumbria law students, thanks to the generosity of local firms and benefactors.

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Visiting Professor Scheme

The Law School's visiting clinical professor for 2009-10 was Professor Joy. He is well known for his work in clinical legal education and legal ethics. He is the Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Washington University, St. Louis. As Director of the clinic, Professor Joy works with students

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Clinical Legal Education

Clinical Legal Education in the UK is a small but growing field, however in other countries it has been well established for many years.

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LawWorks North East Pro Bono Hub

The LawWorks North East Pro Bono Hub works to build a regional network of pro bono stakeholders who will encourage local participation in pro bono activity and target the provision of pro bono services. In co-ordinating pro bono activity within the North East, the Hub aims to achieve local coherence

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