Working in the Essex Law Clinic
Essex Law Clinic gives you the chance to work alongside practising
lawyers to advise real clients. You'll develop the important legal skills learnt during your course. It
offers you the opportunity to integrate theory with practical experience and draw together different strands
of your studies.
The clinic prepares you to deal with the cutting edge of legal practice. This means not only individual
cases but also working on finding solutions to current problems such as how information technology can be used to improve
access to justice.
You'll receive thorough training before taking part. Working with us
enhances your employability and future job applications by allowing you to develop a wide range of skills, experience and
- client interviewing, case recording, drafting, client care, team working, and practical legal research
- communicating complex issues to clients in an accessible manner develops your communication skills
- learn about business development by exploring unmet legal need in the locality and working
out strategies for how the Law Clinic can better meet that need
- develop your understanding of the legal advice sector by working with a number of different organisations
The clinic is occasionally involved in advocacy work before the First-tier Social Security and Child Support
Tribunal either through written or oral submissions. This gives you the opportunity to draft a written submission or assist
an oral submission.
Miscarriage of Justice Project
The Essex Law Clinic also runs a Miscarriage of Justice Project. This investigates claims of factual innocence by
alleged victims of wrongful convictions after the client has exhausted all avenues of appeal. Student caseworkers
independently research the complex factual, legal and scientific background to the case. In order to advance the
client’s case, you will become aware of the latest legal, criminological and forensic developments. The project
also develops your research techniques; analytical skills and creative thinking; communication and presentation skills;
management and organisational skills; advocacy; understanding of principles of client care; and drafting. You can work
on the project either as an extracurricular activity or within the module
LW227 Investigating Miscarriages of Justice.
Clinical work as part of your degree
All students are encouraged to have some clinical experience whilst studying in the School of Law. Some students work at the Law Clinic
as an extracurricular activity; others do so as part of the module
LW250 Legal Advice Casework.
Assessment for the accredited work is by portfolio where you reflect on the advice you have given and also work on a
project of any aspect of the clinical work which interests you. All clinical work is supported by activities that
improve your commercial awareness, advocacy and networking skills.