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
The University of Bristol Law Club is one of the UK's largest law societies comprising of 1500 members, many of whom are non-law students. It is an official society of the Law School, providing an array of extracurricular activities, such as mooting, debating and negotiation to students from a variety of degree disciplines including law, science and engineering. Offering tailored careers guidance, networking and various student competitions, they enhance the law school's academic programme. The UBLC has received a number of awards including 'Best Law Society in the UK' and 'Most committed to increasing diversity'.
The University of Bristol Bar Society
The University of Bristol Bar Society has for the last three years, been awarded the 'Best Bar Society for aspiring Barristers' in the UK' by LawCareers.Net. Being the best Bar Society in the country has ensured they have attracted the country's top Chambers and QC's to work with them, including last year's patron, Tunde Okewala MBE, top QC and founder of Legal Cheek. Offering weekly networking evenings, talks from practising barristers, dinners and student competitions ensure their members can make an informed choice on whether they wish to practise as a solicitor or barrister in the future.
The University of Bristol Pro Bono Society
Members are provided with opportunities to promote access to justice across the country. These include placements in law centres, teaching children about sexual consent and becoming legal volunteers with charities across Bristol. PBS also works to promote the importance of Pro Bono work in legal careers, with Pro Bono specialists visiting the University and hosting talks. They also work alongside the Avon and Bristol Law Centre to fundraise for a variety of causes.
The University of Bristol Medical Law Society
The Medical Law Society is brand new this academic year, with events aimed to appeal to all students with an interest in bioethics and the medico-legal sphere. Our members have the opportunity to attend a range of talks by academics, medical and legal professionals, health charities, and the General Medical Council, engage in article-based discussions and participate in the first Medical Law Debate in the spring term.
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
We are a new society this year for all University of Bristol students - regardless of gender, subject or age. Our bifold aim is to get the law to do more for women and get women to do more in the law. We want to address the issues that the legal sector still faces when it comes to equality in the workplace. Most significantly, the decreasing percentage of women in trainee versus partner roles. Furthermore, the law has an important role in promoting women's place within society which we hope to discover in more depth. We will, therefore, be hosting a number of exciting talks and panel sessions to discuss these issues.
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.