Criminal Justice Law Clinic

The Criminal Justice Law Clinic provides initial advice in criminal proceedings to anyone who comes into contact with the criminal justice process.

The clinic also works in collaboration with several charitable organisations to assist with looking into particular legal issues around appeal rights, campaigns to change the law, and protest support. Where someone is not eligible for legal advice via the clinic, we will signpost them on to other services. 

The Clinic aims to provide a public service to people who seek legal advice on crime and criminal justice-related issues and cannot obtain (for financial or other reasons) advice elsewhere. At the same time, the Clinic aims to provide opportunities for students at the University of Sussex to develop and improve their practical legal skills. 

Areas on which we offer advice:

  • criminal offences 
  • appeals against conviction and/or sentence 
  • prisoner rights” 

Contact us

In order to arrange an appointment:

  • Complete our online enquiry form, or
  • Send an email to: or
  • Call us on 01273 876797 and leave a message with your name, contact number and brief account of your legal issue or question.


The service is open to the general public including University of Sussex staff and students. If you are a current University of Sussex student in need of advice, contact the Student Life Centre, who will refer you to the Law Clinic if appropriate. The Clinic will not be able to advise clients where their issue raises a conflict of interest.

The Law Clinics are dependent on the services of student advisers from the Law School and therefore run only during University Teaching weeks. When the Law Clinics are closed during the vacation periods, you may want to consider seeking specialist advice from a solicitor regarding your matter or alternatively contact your local Citizens Advice.

In-House Solicitor, Lucy Welsh

The Criminal Justice Law Clinic is supervised by Dr Lucy Welsh, who has a number of years’ experience working as a criminal defence solicitor in South East England. Lucy has achieved specialist Law Society Accreditation in criminal law issues, and accreditation by the Institute of Prison Law.