Law

Sussex Clinical Legal Education

Sussex Clinical Legal Education facilitates a variety of pro-bono (not for profit) projects.

These projects range from:

  • giving direct legal advice and assistance to the public through the Family Law Clinic
  • assistance in the County Courts
  • projects assisting local charities with community issues such as homelessness and employment rights research for action groups and other non-governmental organisations in legal challenges. 

Please note

The Law Clinics are dependent on the services of student advisers from the Law School and therefore run only during term time. 

We are open for calls and online enquiries from Monday 2 October 2017 and the Clinics will reopen from Wednesday 4 October 2017.

 Clinical Legal Education Projects:

Citizens Advice Project

This project is run in collaboration with Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice (CASSCA). The Citizens Advice service offers generalist advice on a range of issues relevant to people in need in the local community. Students deliver advice to clients face to face and by telephone, email and webchat. There are also opportunities to take part in Citizens Advice policy, research and campaign work by gathering frontline data.

The project is led by Bonnie Holligan.

CLOCK (Litigants in Person)

The CLOCK project allows students to assist litigants in person, who don't have access to legal aid. It is a joint venture between the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. CLOCK - Time for Justice is an unprecedented and effective initiative established in 2016 as joint collaboration between the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. The project was first launched in 2012 by the School of Law at Keele University.

Information for litigants

CLOCK legal companions are trained to help you at all stages of your court proceedings including:

  • Finding your way around the court
  • Children and family matters
  • Suspending evictions and small claims
  • Finding legal assistance and mediation services
  • Seeking charitable support
  • Finding affordable fixed fee services
  • Assisting with court forms, arranging court papers and note-taking

If you need assistance from our legal companions please contact CLOCKBrightonandSussex@sussex.ac.uk

The CLOCK project is led by Maria Moscati and Lara Walker.

Employment Law Clinic

The Employment Law project lets students experience Employment Law in action. They develop their skills by providing legal assistance to potential litigants and community institutions. The Employment Law project also offers free legal advice to the local community. Find out more on our Employment Law Clinic page.

The Employment Law project is led by Amir Paz-Fuchs and Ioannis Katsaroumpas.

Family Law Clinic

Free legal advice is provided to the local community through the Family Law Clinic, in partnership with an in-house lawyer. Find out more on our Family Law Clinic page.

The Family Law Clinic is led by John Jupp

Housing and Welfare Law

The Housing project works with Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) and Justlife to help clients who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.  

BHT Pro Bono is a collaborative clinical law project between Brighton Housing Trust Advice Centre and Sussex Law School, giving students the opportunity to take part in digital, legal and administrative assistance in the provision of advice within the centre, as well as offsite case management and research, visits to the County Court to assist in Duty Solicitor, and clerking.  There is a strong digital element to the placements, where students are trained in developing the Webcam Advice Service and play an exciting role in the expansion of online legal assistance at BHT.  

The Justlife Project gives students the opportunity to help vulnerable adults who are living in temporary accommodation, by raising their awareness of their legal rights. Students speak with users of the Justlife drop-in service to help ensure that they are accessing the services that they are legally entitled to – such as housing, welfare benefits and community care services – and to give assistance on any legal issues they may have

The Housing project is led by Alex Latham.

Criminal Justice Law Clinic

The Criminal Justice Law Clinic takes part in two central activities.

First, the Clinic will work in conjunction with the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS). PAS is a national charity which provides advice to prisoners and their families. We will work in collaboration with PAS by providing a 'letters clinic', in which we would respond to prisoner requests for assistance by researching the issues and preparing a draft letter of advice. This collaborative project provides much needed support to prisoners and their families via a charitable organisation.

Second, the Clinic has a Criminal Cases Review Group, in which students will be able to respond to requests for advice on appeal against conviction/sentence. Students will (under the supervision of a qualified in-house solicitor) conduct a review of the case to determine if any potential grounds of appeal exist. If potential grounds are identified in any case, the matter will be passed on to firms that can conduct such work under Legal Aid contracts.

There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other organisations who campaign against miscarriages of justice. Find out more on our Criminal Justice Law Clinic page

The Criminal Justice Law Clinic is led by Lucy Welsh.

Get involved

Charity collaboration

If you represent a local charity or organisation and want to form links with Sussex Clinical Legal Education or find out more, get in touch with Amir Paz-Fuchs Paz-Fuchs@sussex.ac.uk

Students

If you are a Sussex law student, you can volunteer for the Clinical Legal Education projects and take a Clinical Legal Education module in your final year.

Law firm collaboration

If you are a solicitor or barrister in practice and would like to volunteer as a legal advisor for the Family Law Clinic or get involved with any of the Sussex Clinical Legal Education projects, get in touch with John Jupp J.Jupp@sussex.ac.uk

Contact Us

If you want to get involved or sponsor us, contact Amir Paz-Fuchs, Director of Clinical Legal Education, on:

E A.Paz-Fuchs@sussex.ac.uk
01273 876797