Legal Advice Centre
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) is a clinical legal education initiative. We provide free legal advice to the public and Queen Mary students and staff. We also run a number of community outreach projects and public legal education initiatives led by our students. The clients, cases and community groups we work with cover a wide range of legal issues and topics. This provides our students with the opportunity to experience law in a practical context and to develop many of the skills required for successful entry into the profession.
Read more on the Legal Advice Centre website.
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. Find out more about the Queen Mary LAC student advisers.
The LAC runs several projects throughout the year including:
- Black Justice Project
- Fitness to Practice (FTP) Clinic
- Social Welfare Benefits Clinic
- Law in General
- Law for the Arts
- Criminal Justice Project
- Pink Law - legal advice to the LGBT+ community
- Images Based Sexual Abuse (SPITE)
- Family Law
- Immigration Law
- Company Law
- CHOICE - Lasting Power of Attorney
- Special Education Needs and School Exclusion
- Wills and Probate
- Legal Assistance During the Coronavirus Lockdown
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. In 2020 we were selected to be the Queen Mary representative in the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence hosted by Advance HE. In 2019 we were awarded the Principles Prize in the Teaching and Excellence Awards and the Richard Garriott Public Engagement Award.
Our activities as the Legal Advice Centre contributed to the wider School of Law winning The Best Contribution by a Law School at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards in 2019.
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