Legal Advice Centre

Students

Legal Advice Centre students at a conference

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) is a clinical legal education initiative. We provide free legal advice to the public and Queen Mary students and staff. We also run a number of community outreach projects and public legal education initiatives led by our students. The clients, cases and community groups we work with cover a wide range of legal issues and topics. This provides our students with the opportunity to experience law in a practical context and to develop many of the skills required for successful entry into the profession.

Current Queen Mary students who have access to the online learning platform QMPlus can read more on the LAC QMPlus page and access useful resources.

Different Roles

There are different roles available for students at different points in their education.

First year students can helping staff to run the LAC and reception on appointment evenings. They can also be Note Takers for our Student Advisers as well as being involved in our online Legal Blog. Senior Status Law Programme students may also get involved in other community project work during your first year.

Second and third year undergraduate law students can get involved as Student Advisors interviewing clients about their legal issue and drafting written letters of advice. They can also be involved in the various Community Projects we run delivering bespoke workshops.

In addition to the above third year students who have worked with clients before can apply to be part of the advocacy team on our Social Welfare Benefits project.

All our students must demonstrate that they can act professionally, abide by ethical codes of conduct and respect confidentiality.

Student work in the LAC that is extra-curricular is recognised on their transcript as part of the Higher Education Achievement Record.

I loved working with the LAC. It challenged me but gave me a real insight into what a law career might entail. I felt very lucky to work as part of an organisation that does such brilliant work for the community.
— Legal Advice Centre Student

How to Apply

If you are a first year student you will be told all about the opportunities available for you in your first year during Welcome Week via email and lectures. There is no need to do anything before you come to QMUL

If you are applying for a role which is open to second or third year students, we email you with all the application details in February of the year before. We usually keep applications open for approximately a month. We aim to let you know whether you have been selected for the following year during the exam period.

If you are applying to do an LAC optional module rather than on an extra-curricular basis, you apply in the same way as other modules at the end of your first or second year.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the staff at lac@qmul.ac.uk.