Bloomsbury Law Clinic
About the Law Clinic
The mission and purpose of the Clinic is two-fold:
- Social justice: to provide free legal advice to people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay
- Student learning: to provide law students with clinical experience, and non-law students with the opportunity to develop their transferrable skills
We provide legal advice on Housing Law for residential tenants (we do not provide advice to landlords). We cover tenancy disputes, disrepair and homelessness.
Request an appointment
If you have a Housing Law problem, please request an appointment by completing the Enquiry Form by clicking below:
Terms and Conditions
When you complete the Enquiry Form you will be required to confirm that you accept the Law Clinic’s Terms and Conditions.
If you do not accept the Terms and Conditions, we will be unable to provide you with an appointment.
How the Law Clinic operates
Through the Law Clinic, Bloomsbury Institute students and recent graduates undertake the following roles:
- Student Advisor, through which students gain invaluable clinical legal experience by interviewing and advising clients
- Student Assistant, through which students develop key transferrable skills by completing administrative tasks associated with the running of the Law Clinic
Bloomsbury Institute staff are also involved in the running of the Law Clinic.
External practising solicitors are engaged (on a pro bono basis) to supervise Student Advisors.
The service the Law Clinic provides to clients is as follows:
- Forty-five minute interview.
- Written letter of advice within 15 working days of the interview.
- Template letter to send to your opponent (if appropriate).
- Maximum of one follow-up appointment.
The interview is conducted by a Student Advisor. A Supervising Solicitor also attends the meeting, but this is purely to observe the Student Advisor. After the interview, the Student Advisor drafts the letter of advice. The Supervising Solicitor reviews the letter before it is finalised and sent to the client.
We are unable to represent our clients in courts or tribunals. This is for both educational and professional reasons. This restriction also applies to a client’s request for someone from the Clinic to go along with them to a hearing just to help them.
The Law Clinic’s Privacy Notice concerns the processing of personal data of past, present and prospective clients of Bloomsbury Law Clinic. The Privacy Notice explains how the Law Clinic collects, uses and shares a client’s personal data, and a client’s rights in relation to their personal data that we hold.
We are a member of LawWorks, a charity committed to enabling access to justice through free legal advice.
LawWorks believes in the power of pro bono legal advice to help improve the lives of people in need.
As a member of LawWorks, all those involved with our Law Clinic have access to a range of resources, and training and networking opportunities.