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The Open Justice Law Clinic is a free online legal advice clinic run by The Open University Law School. The clinic is led by law students under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

The Open Justice Law Clinic has a reduced capacity to respond to new enquiries over the summer vacation. If you enquiry is urgent, we recommend you contact Citizens Advice

Need free legal advice?

If you have a legal issue and need some initial advice, you can request an appointment for one of our free online advice sessions. Our online law clinic is staffed by law students and solicitors and our free online advice sessions are designed to provide you with the information to help resolve your issue.

We provide advice on the following types of legal issues:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Clinical negligence
  • Civil litigation
  • Building claims
  • Consumer rights
  • Small claims

The Open Justice Law Clinic cannot advise on criminal, employment, debt, immigration or family law issues. We are unable to pursue a claim against The Open University, its Governors, employees or students. We may decide not to take a case forward if it falls outside the clinic’s expertise, if there is a conflict of interest or if urgent assistance is required.

How to contact us

Please complete the online form.

We will then contact you to arrange an online interview or, if we can’t take your case, to refer you to a firm or organisation that is more able to assist you.

Our privacy notice sets out in detail how we will process your personal data when you submit it to the Open Justice Law Clinic.

Open Justice Law Clinic testimonials

Quotes from students who have been involved in recent law clinic activities.

The experience I have had undertaking the Open Justice activities, and in particular the Legal Advice Clinic, has been some of the most rewarding of any other during my law degree and I am hoping that I can continue to be involved after I graduate. Working on live cases has given me the opportunity not only to make a practical difference to people’s lives, but also to test my legal knowledge and skills

From my perspective it has been a fantastic experience so far. Although the workload has been more demanding than we might have expected, there have also been opportunities to really stretch our skills by getting to grips with a complex case and developing our understanding of both practical and technical approaches to issues such as special counsel and abuse of process. It has certainly given me a lot of motivation and opened my eyes to potentially looking at criminal practice, which I would never have considered before. Activities like this, earlier in the course, would certainly be a great incentive to get through the remaining modules!

Upcoming Events

Sep 5

Critical Legal Conference 2018 Doctoral Workshop

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:00 to 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team

Sep 6

Critical Legal Conference 2018 - Regeneration

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 09:30 to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 15:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team

Sep 20

The Futures of Legal Education and Practice Annual Conference 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:30

Michael Young Building, The Open University Business School, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Conference Events Team

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