HKC Law Clinic
HKC Law Clinic provides a free, independent and confidential legal service to staff and students of the University and members of the public who are in need of legal advice or assistance. It is run as an integral part of the law degree programme.
HKC Law Clinic is a full legal pro bono service. You work on real civil law cases under the supervision of qualified solicitors, from the first interview with the client. It gives you an insight into the pressures and demands of the legal profession, and gives you the opportunity to serve real clients from the local community.
HKC Law Clinic is run by students from the Department of Law and Criminology taking law degrees, under the supervision of academic staff who are qualified solicitors or barristers.
We were Highly Commended in the Excellence in Pro Bono category at the National Law Society Excellence Awards in 2014.
We were awarded the LawWorks Attorney General Student Award 2013 for Best Contribution by a Law School.
We provide students with the opportunity to work on real-life cases under the supervision of qualified solicitors. This enables them to
- gain an invaluable insight into the pressures and demands of the legal profession
- develop a wide range of transferable professional skills which enhance their employability
We also offer a variety of innovative opportunities for students to engage with, including the HKC Court Helpdesk, which operates in conjunction with Sheffield Combined Court Centre.
Students volunteer to attend court to provide advice and assistance on court processes and procedures to litigants without legal representation. This service is supervised by qualified solicitors from the HKC Law Clinic and is an invaluable opportunity for all students seeking to enter the legal profession.
HKC Law Clinic serves the local community where there is a significant unmet legal need. We work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure a commitment to legal excellence and social justice.
There is no charge for the advice and assistance that the HKC Law Clinic provides, but any expenses (such as court fees) must be met by the client. Clients are advised of what these expenses would be before committing themselves to any action.
We are able to assist on many legal issues, although we regret that we are currently unable to advise on criminal law matters, employment law cases, immigration issues or debt matters.
We are unable to accept instructions from any person who wishes to pursue a claim against a university or Sheffield Hallam University, its governors, employees or students.
The sorts of cases that we often deal with include (but are not limited to) housing, holiday complaints, consumer issues, landlord and tenant cases, company registrations and small claims matters.
Our joint aims are to provide practical legal experience for law students and to offer a thorough, accurate and reliable service to clients with legal difficulties.
However, we reserve the right to decline any cases that do not complement the educational aims of the scheme.
All advice provided by the HKC Law Clinic is under the overall supervision of the Supervising Solicitor, who is a practising solicitor and who is individually authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Clients can be assured that they will receive an independent and professional service in the same way as from any other practising solicitor.
The HKC Law Clinic has been awarded the Advice Quality Standard which is awarded by the Advice Services Alliance for the provision of quality legal service.
All advice, assistance and representation is given in the strictest confidence.
Book an appointment
- An appointment can be requested by completing a first interview request form.
- You can also request a form by contacting the supervising solicitor on 0114 225 2504. A 24 hour answering service/fax is available. During term time, HKC Law Clinic aim to respond to your call within one working day.
- If we are able to assist with your matter, we will invite you to attend an interview. If we are unable to assist you with your particular enquiry, we will endeavour to signpost you to other appropriate agencies that may be able to assist you. Please note that we are not usually able to take on any new matters between April and September each year.
After the first interview, if we can help further then your case will be dealt with by student advisers who will carry out research before giving written advice. Cases are supervised throughout by an experienced solicitor.
We regret that we do not currently offer a drop-in service.
Where to find us
Heart of the Campus
Collegiate Crescent Campus
There is suitable disabled access.
Find out more
For more information about HKC Law Clinic, contact
the Legal Support Officer
Phone: 0114 225 2504