The University of Bristol Law School has many extra curricular activities and clubs for students to get involved in.
Mooting and debating
Mooting is a specialised form of legal debating, in which two pairs of 'advocates' argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a 'judge' (normally a lecturer or postgraduate student). The University of Bristol Advocacy Programme gives students an opportunity to combine their academic studies with a taste of what it is like to be a real lawyer.
The programme is available to all students in the Law School and teaches participants how to apply their academic knowledge in 'real-life' situations for the benefit of their 'clients', and allows them to acquire the persuasive skills essential to legal practice and valued by future employers. The programme incorporates a number of activities and competitions, all of which are generously sponsored by major law firms. It is a fantastic way for our students to meet people from across the school and from the legal profession, whilst improving their knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the law.
The programme is comprised of two major competitions: the Hunt Cup Debating Competition, sponsored by DAC Beachcroft, and the Herbert Smith Mooting Competition. The programme also offers training in advocacy and organises participation in inter-varsity mooting competitions.
The University of Bristol Bar Society
The University of Bristol Bar Society is a student run society which aims to inform students about a career at the Bar and train them in the skills necessary to becoming a successful advocate. Throughout the academic year, they organise talks from barristers and judges, advocacy training workshops in collaboration with BPTC providers, visits to the Inns of Court, and the popular Bristol mock trial, which marks the culmination of the academic year at the University of Bristol Law School.
Over the past four years, the University of Bristol Bar Society has grown in size, attracting not only Law students but also students of other disciplines who are interested in pursuing a career in Law. Whilst one of its aims is to inform students about a career at the Bar, many of its events are centred on training students to present coherent and logical legal arguments abd the society therefore attract many students interested pursuing other legal careers, as well as budding barristers.
For more information please visit the University of Bristol Bar Society website.
The University of Bristol Law Club
Studying Law is synonymous with hard work and dedication. It is therefore the overriding objective of the University of Bristol Law Club to introduce balance into its members' lives by supporting their academic, social and career needs.
Law Club officers represent law students' academic needs via their involvement in Law School committees, and within the wider university. More generally, the Law Club's Parenting Scheme provides an informal personal support system between first year students and 'parents' from other years. The Law Club is also responsible for running the mooting and debating competitions which take place throughout the year.
Socially, the Law Club is prominent within the School. It has a diverse social calendar, which varies from year to year as the executive committee's membership changes. Events range from fantastic balls to fancy-dress pub crawls. Even the Club's mooting and debating competitions are popular social events: dinners and drinks receptions are organised for participants and spectators after each round.
Professionally, the Law Club also has an important role. Its relationship with its sponsoring firms gives members regular opportunities, whether at a social event, a skills development session, or a graduate careers presentation, to network with representatives from various fields of law. Members have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities: from working on the UBLC publication, Dicta, to participating in one of Law's sports teams.
The University of Bristol Law Clinic was established in 1995 as a pro bono organisation providing free legal advice to those who, for whatever reason, could not obtain it elsewhere. Following 16 years of successful advice giving, the Law Clinic has more recently been focusing on 'StreetLaw', a new initiative launched in 2011.
A specialist pro bono law clinic in the area of alleged wrongful convictions. University of Bristol Innocence Project was the first innocence project to be established in the UK and was the template for the setting up of over 30 innocence projects in other universities around the country.
Human Rights Implementation Centre
The Human Rights Implementation Centre, based in the Law School, is an internationally renowned organisation focused on supporting the implementation of human rights. Much of the Centre’s work is research-focused, aimed at developing expertise, advice and scholarship on the role of institutions, whether at national, regional or international level, and including national governments, non-governmental organisations, statutory and constitutional bodies such as national human rights institutions, as well as regional bodies, such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Council of Europe. There are also opportunities for students to get involved in pro-bono activities to support the work of the Centre.