Student societies and partnerships
Kick-start your career
Supported by the Law School, our student societies are award winning and will help you prepare for the world of legal practice, seeing you work alongside peers to hone your legal skills outside of the classroom.
The University of Bristol Law Club
Founded in 1937, the University of Bristol Law Club (UBLC) has provided an avenue for students with legal career aspirations to engage with professionals and fellow peers. Open to students of all disciplines, the UBLC provides an invaluable exposure for both law and non-law students pursuing a career in law. Our sponsored events enable students to engage with employers through career presentations, employability workshops and social networking events. The annual organisation of internal competitions also provide students with the opportunity to hone their legal skills in advocacy, negotiation and debate. For those seeking to enter the legal profession, the UBLC is a platform that provides students with the opportunities and network to support their legal aspirations.
The University of Bristol Bar Society
The Bar Society works to support students who aspire to be barristers, and to broaden interest in the Bar. We run our own advocacy competitions to give students courtroom practise, and also compete in national events. We offer first-hand information on life as a barrister: the society regularly hosts practitioners from every area of law to speak to students about their experiences. We’ve also had talks and workshops from BPTC and BCAT providers. Alongside all this, we are a social society. We run networking events with Bristol chambers, and visits to the Inns of Court. Our annual Networking Dinner is the largest Bar social event outside London! We want to widen Bristol students’ interest in advocacy and the Bar, and make sure that those who choose to be barristers get the very best support.
The University of Bristol Pro Bono Society
The University of Bristol’s Pro Bono Society’s aim is to offer a wide range of opportunities for members who are interested in the charitable aspect of legal work and promoting access to justice across the country. Through summer placements, networking events, fundraising events and programs such as the University of Bristol’s Consent Initiative, our members have a variety of options to accumulate practical experience and see the concrete impact of their work.
The University of Bristol Medical Law Society
Medical Law Society is aimed at students from all disciplines who are interested in medical ethics. For UBMLS’ second year we will build on prior success by cultivating Bristol as a hub for medico-legal debate between universities, and developing our careers advice service. Members will have the opportunity to engage in the second annual inter-university debate, and attend a range of talks by working professionals and academics. Members will be encouraged to engage in discussion about recent articles, topical cases, and policy changes. Being a medical ethics-focussed society, we also have a strong focus on physical and mental wellbeing of our members and the student body as a whole.
OXFAM Junior Lawyers Against Poverty
Oxfam Lawyers Against Poverty, a registered charity, is currently focused on: Gender-based violence and women's property rights; access to justice, right to food including land rights and food security laws and legal support for governments and lawyers in developing communities. The student committee will mainly focus on fundraising for initiatives such as sending lawyers to Yemen to provide legal aid for women in prison and helping Uganda Women's Network to put pressure on the government to implement Ugandan legislation so that women are protected from violence and have access to justice. Find out more about their activities via their Facebook page.
University of Bristol Women in Law Society
A new society for all University of Bristol students - regardless of gender, subject or age, their bifold aim is to get the law to do more for women and get women to do more in the law. They want to address the issues that the legal sector still faces when it comes to equality in the workplace. Most significantly, the progression of women into the top, partner-level roles. Furthermore, the law has important role in promoting women's place within society which they hope to discover in more depth. They are looking forward to an exciting year, growing the society and putting on even more inspiring events.
The University of Bristol Commercial Awareness Society
The Commercial Awareness Society is a newly founded society which aims to be an accessible introduction for all students to commercial affairs, whether they are looking at careers in law, business or finance. This year they hope to cover a number of commercially relevant topics, from artificial intelligence and blockchain to GDPR regulations.
Lawyers Without Borders, University of Bristol Student Division
The University of Bristol Lawyers Without Borders Society is a student division of the global, not-for-profit Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) organisation. LWOB manages volunteering lawyers from around the world who donate pro bono service to rule of law projects, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. The Bristol student division aids LWOB in their mission by completing research projects for them and taking part in their annual Rule of Law competition. The society also offers Bristol students the opportunity to take part in our human rights debating competition and the chance to find out more about the importance of protecting and promoting the rule of law globally. This society allows for Bristol law and non-law students to get involved with a legal based society focussed primarily on promoting the rule of law, access to justice and the protection of human rights.
The Bristol Law Conference
The Bristol Law Conference was founded in 2013 by University of Bristol students as an annual event open to students, staff and the public. The conference is organised by students in conjunction with the University of Bristol Law School and aims to provide a platform for critical engagement with a topical area of law. All speakers are at the top of their fields and are selected and contacted by students as people whose insights will stimulate a highly active debate.
A range of opportunities
Getting involved means opportunities to gain work experience, developing your advocacy skills with mooting and debating, visits to Chambers and courts, attending networking events, law and non-law careers advice and much more.
Find out more about the Presidents running our award-winning societies, their personal aspirations and the goals they have set for the forthcoming year.