Free legal advice and assistance is at the heart of the Law Clinic's mission. Our students work with a wide range of external agencies to provide advice and assistance in many areas of law, some of them highly specialist.
The Free Legal Advice Scheme (FLA) sees student volunteers assisting Norfolk Community Law Service's (NCLS) volunteer solicitors at twice-weekly drop-in advice sessions in central Norwich, and at weekly advice sessions in Cromer. Students also assist at NCLS's fortnightly advice sessions for the victims of domestic abuse, and help to brief the barristers and solicitors who are representing clients in court.
Students work with solicitors from the Suffolk Discrimination Law Service (SDLS) at monthly advice sessions in Norwich covering all aspects of discrimination, and in the near future we will be piloting a new specialist employment law advice service with NCLS to supplement the existing Free Legal Advice (FLA) sessions. Our students support NCLS's volunteer solicitors in providing advice to tenants who have fallen into arrears of rent, helping them to avoid getting deeper into debt, and they work with Shelter as Advice Assistants, supporting Shelter's highly experienced housing advice teams.
Students also support NCLS's volunteer solicitors at monthly immigration advice sessions in Great Yarmouth, aimed at helping European Economic Area (EEA) migrants with immigration issues impacting on their entitlement to access services, work and settle in the UK.
Please note that at the present time, the UEA Law Clinic is unable to provide legal advice and assistance directly to members of the public.