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York Law School Clinic

As a professionally supervised service, our Clinic provides much needed help to the public and a powerful learning opportunity for our students. We opened it with the aim of providing free legal advice that would complement the legal service provision in the area.

A powerful learning experience

Students who take the Clinic as an assessed elective, and those who become involved in various aspects of its work, find it tremendously useful as a way to further develop the skills they build through our problem-based learning approach. Following a set of strict procedural and operational rules, all the work they carry out for the Clinic is closely monitored and supervised by an experienced solicitor.

The Clinic aims to deliver the highest possible standard of service, while maintaining its primary focus on educational opportunities. It provides advice in areas of law which both complement the students’ legal studies and which are needed by our clients, who come from the local area and within the University.

If you require legal advice, please either email: law-clinic@york.ac.uk or telephone 01904 325819

University of York law students support small businesses with legal advice during lockdown

York Law School students are offering free legal advice to small businesses online to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Students from York Law School run the clinics Credit: University of York/Mark Woodward

The University of York Law School Small Business Legal Clinic is staffed voluntarily by Masters students, with support from supervising solicitors at the university and law firm Ward Hadaway.

The advice offered through the clinic is aimed at entrepreneurs facing many of the common legal issues experienced by start-up and fledgling organisations such as managing data protection compliance, protecting their intellectual property or establishing corporate structures.

Guidance

Stephen Levett, one of the supervising solicitors at the Law School Clinic, said; "Increasing numbers of undergraduates and graduates are thinking about setting up their own businesses with many choosing to do so here in Yorkshire. Sometimes a small piece of legal advice about the business structure, handing Intellectual Property or a contract can make it easier for them to do this successfully."

Businesses can access one free interview with a law student around a specific subject, and as a result, will receive a free letter of advice offering guidance on the issue.

Third year Law student, Yasmin Ghadamian said: "Clinic was by far one of my favourite modules at Law School. I learnt so much about how the law works in the real world and knowing I've been able to help someone who really needed it, is an amazing feeling."

Right advice

Nathan Bilton, associate solicitor at Ward Hadaway, said; "We work with a range of clients across many sectors, supporting them to make the right commercial decisions so they can grow their organisations in the right way. Getting the right advice at the right time can make all the difference to a new business.

“We have a history of working with regional universities to support students entering the legal profession and believe it is important that they gain real-life, hands-on commercial law experience to develop their skills and thinking. Our partnership with University of York is another means by which we can give back to those beginning their legal career, as well as our business community."

The Law Clinic at the University of York also deals with queries around housing, employment and consumer law.

Further information:

For more information contact law-clinic@york.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1904 325819.