The Law Clinic enhances the already strong ties between the Aberdeen community and the University.

About the Law Clinic

Launched in November 2013 by the Law School at Robert Gordon University, its student members provide free legal advice to those members of society who might otherwise not be able to afford legal advice and enhances the skill set of the student practitioners with real life situations beyond the theory of the lecture theatre. 

The key aims of this initiative are both to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience, and to benefit the local community by providing access to justice to those who may need legal advice but who cannot access it elsewhere. 

Areas of Advice

The Law Clinic provides advice in a range of areas including housing, debt, benefits, employment and consumer rights. The clinic is unable to provide advice on immigration and asylum, family or criminal matters, or in cases where there may be a potential conflict of interest. If you are unsure about whether your matter is one which we are able to advise on, please contact us to speak to one of our advisors who can discuss this with you. If your matter is not one with which we are able to advise on, either at the initial appointment stage or subsequently, we will try wherever possible to refer you to an appropriate alternative source of advice.

How we work

The Law clinic operates on an appointment-only basis. If you would like an appointment to discuss your matter with a student volunteer, contact us via phone or email.

Before an appointment can be made, one of our student volunteers will speak with you to confirm that your matter is one which we are able to advise on and to check that you are eligible to receive free advice from us. An appointment will then be arranged for you at the clinic and you will be sent a letter confirming the appointment date and time. At your appointment you will meet with two student volunteers who will be responsible for handling your case.At the initial meeting the students will take information from you about your problem. The students will not provide any advice to you at the meeting. Advice will be sent to you in writing following the meeting to enable the supervising solicitor to first of all approve it. 

Contact us

Email - thelawclinic@rgu.ac.uk

Phone - 01224 263408

Support and Sponsors

The Faculty of Advocates - Free Legal Services Unit

The Faculty of Advocates

The Law Clinic - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get advice from the clinic?

The clinic operates on an appointment-only basis.

How do I make an appointment?

Please contact the clinic by emailing us at thelawclinic@rgu.ac.uk

Where is the clinic located?

The clinic is located in Aberdeen Business School which is situated on Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen. You can find a map of the location here.

Is the service confidential?

Yes the service is provided in accordance with the Law Society Rules on Confidentiality

Do I have to pay?

No, our service is free and is designed to assist those who are unable to pay for legal advice. However, you should be aware of the following points:-

  • You may be eligible for publicly-funded help and representation to pursue or defend your claim (formerly known as “Legal Aid”). The Clinic can refer you to a Solicitor who may be able to obtain such assistance for you. If you are eligible to receive assistance you may be liable to pay a contribution. You may also be liable to repay your costs from any money or property recovered.
  • If you decide to pursue court or tribunal proceedings you may be ordered to pay the costs of your opponent if you lose your case.

How quickly can I have an appointment?

We try to ensure that clients are seen by a member of the clinic team as soon as possible however this is subject to availability of appointments and volunteers. We are also closed during University holidays.

Can you deal with immigration or criminal matters?

No, we are not able to give advice or assistance in these areas of law. Please contact the Law Society of Scotland for a solicitor who may be able to advise on these matters.