The University of Hertfordshire launches free legal advice service

University of Hertfordshire has opened a law clinic

University of Hertfordshire has opened a law clinic - Credit: University of Hertfordshire

The service not only helps those who can’t afford legal fees, but gives real world experience to law students

The University of Hertfordshire has launched a free legal advice service to the public which will give students valuable real-world experience.

The university's Law Clinic at the De Haviland campus in Hatfield will provide pro-bono advice on subjects such as family law, employment law, intellectual property, commercial law and powers of attorney for those unable to afford the cost of a solicitor. The advice will be given by law students under the supervision of qualified lawyers and written legal advice will be sent within 14 days of an appointment.

Diana Kirsch, director of pro-bono at the university, said the clinic will provide 'a much-needed service to the local community in Hertfordshire following the cuts to legal aid in 2012 for issues relating to family law, particularly for families on lower incomes. At the same time, the clinic will offer our Hertfordshire Law School students unrivalled experience working on client cases, providing students with the opportunity to build their CV alongside their studies.'

Students will also hold 'Streetlaw' events at Herts schools and with groups to demystify the legal process.