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.
If you have a non-urgent 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.
The sorts of cases that we often deal with include, holiday complaints, civil litigation, consumer issues, employment law, negligence claims and small claims matters.
The clinic seeks to provide practical legal experience for our law students and to offer a professional service to clients with legal problems.
However, we reserve the right to decline any cases that do not complement the educational aims of the clinic.
The Open Justice Law Clinic cannot advise on urgent matters, criminal, landlord and tenant, welfare benefits, debt, immigration, wills and probate matters or provide representation in court proceedings. We are unable to pursue a claim against The Open University, its Governors, employees or students. We won't be able 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.
Please complete the online form.
We will then contact you to arrange an online interview or, if we can’t take your case, we will signpost 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.
The Open Justice Centre’s Law Clinic won the Best Legal Tech Contribution in the 2019 Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards
Quotes from students and clients who have been involved in recent law clinic activities.
The OU Law Clinic provided me with incredibly speedy and efficient service, at a time in my life when I did not know where, or who to turn to. I have nothing but praise for how professional and patient they have been with me and I shall definitely, be taking their advice and following the recommendation within the report I received from them.
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!
The free service is comprehensive and invaluable in guiding people towards understanding a stressful legal situation when they do not have the financial means to pay for advice.
I enjoyed this course the most of any level three module and the pro bono PLE and Clio activities helped to secure my new job. It’s working with my local council to implement the new Homelessness Act legislation. The pro-bono activities really helped in the interview, especially the Clio client work as I was able to draw upon the experience of researching the client’s legal issue.