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Housing Clinic

The Housing Law Clinic was set up in 2009, as part of the pro bono initiatives offered by the School of Law. The clinic is run on a voluntary basis by final year law students, in conjunction with a local specialist barrister from 12 College Place, Southampton. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate law students to volunteer and gain practical legal work experience, with the support of the University and legal practitioners.

Who can seek advice from the Housing Law Clinic?

The clinic functions as a citizens' advice-style housing clinic, offering free legal consultations for any current University of Southampton student requiring advice on renting property. Every year, similar issues arise involving private rented accommodation on which the clinic can advise. Student volunteers make notes of the consultations, which are checked by the barrister, and then emailed to the clients after their appointments for future reference.

Educational Benefits

Law student volunteers will be equipped with practical skills valuable to employers. These include:

How to apply to volunteer

Final year students studying Housing Law will be sent an email at the beginning of the academic year inviting them to apply. This is a highly popular activity and an early application is advised. There is a formal process involved, and word counts/deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

Further information and contact details

The clinic is here to help students with housing issues. For further information please email

 Appointments are held circa monthly at the School of Law, building 4, Highfield Campus.


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