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Legal Advice Centre

Justice Hub

At The University of Manchester, our students get the best possible start to their legal careers with a wealth of opportunities to explore various arms of the law via our Justice Hub network.

Our law students lay their foundations with holistic, autonomous and reflective experiences, helping them to develop their values, ethics and civic engagement. Our Justice Hub network epitomises this approach and consists of a range of projects making real change happen in the community.

Legal Advice Centre

The Legal Advice Centre is run by the Law School to offer free legal advice to members of the public who are unable to access legal advice elsewhere. Law students volunteer their time alongside qualified legal professionals to assist those in need of advice. The Centre also includes the services Manchester Free Legal Help and the Family Law Clinic.

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Dementia Law Clinic

Part of the Legal Advice Centre, the pioneering Dementia Law Clinic works alongside the health and social care charity Making Space to offer a holistic approach to providing legal and emotional support to families affected by dementia. Students get the chance to develop their knowledge of the law and their interpersonal skills if they volunteer their talents to this initiative.

Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre (MJRC)

At the MJRC, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer to make a real difference investigating live criminal appeal cases, attempting to uncover fresh evidence that could help those wrongly convicted of serious crimes overturn their convictions. Working alongside legal practitioners and academics, you will be instrumental in making applications to both the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Court of Appeal.

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Priscilla Lim, Law LLB student

I’m inspired to use the legal skills I acquire to bring protection to those who need it. Working at the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre has provided me with the opportunity to fulfil this ambition. This has really enhanced my knowledge of the criminal justice system and has given me so many opportunities for real hands-on experience.

Priscilla Lim / Law LLB Student

Legal Tech and Access to Justice

Legal Tech and Access to Justice is one of the first modules of its kind to have been launched by a UK university that addresses application-based law technology. The course unit runs in parallel with the Law and Technology Initiative platform the Law School shares with the Alliance Manchester Business School, the Department of Computer Science, and industry stakeholders with the aim to encourage businesses, students and experts to not only develop new skill sets, but as importantly to square up to the challenging ethical, social and political facing legal services in the digital age. 

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Manchester free legal help

Operating from the Civil Justice Centre, volunteer lawyers working with students spend on average six hours per week providing drop-in sessions in the areas of immigration and family law.

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Claire McGourlay

The Justice Hub offers employability opportunities for students from learning about new legal technologies to helping a client overturn a potential wrongful conviction. It gives students skills you can't learn from a book. Students design apps, visit clients in prison, write advice letters and work with the legal community locally, nationally and internationally.

Claire McGourlay / Director of Learning and Teaching

Vacation scheme

This collaborative project with the University of Law offers students the opportunity to take part in a two-week vacation scheme combining Legal Advice Centre casework with a range of employability activities. It culminates in a group task such as providing legal advice to a local charity.

Contact

The Justice Hub has a new home at 188 Waterloo Place, incorporating the Legal Advice Centre, Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, Dementia Law Clinic and many other projects under one roof. For more information, contact Philip Drake (philip.drake@manchester.ac.uk), Senior Lecturer and Director of the Justice Hub.