Pro bono publico is a Latin term meaning “for the public good.” University of Law (ULaw) students can volunteer their time to undertake pro bono with the University of Law Legal Advice Centre (ULLAC), the Streetlaw programme or apply to take part in an external placement with a diverse range of opportunities on offer each year.
University of Law Legal Advice Centre (ULLAC)
Our Legal Advice Centre has been established in Bloomsbury since 1999 and, through the law clinic, advises clients on employment and family law matters. The law clinic is entirely virtual and accessible to all. A wide range of experienced volunteer lawyers including barristers, in-house counsel and solicitors from private firms take part in the law clinic, and you will have the opportunity to see these lawyers at work.
Whilst working in the Legal Advice Centre you can gain insight into the workings of a legal practice and have the chance to give much needed help to members of the community. This opportunity may help you to gain interviewing, legal research and drafting skills in preparation for legal practice. Our trained student assistants draft attendance notes in the law clinic advice session and provide referral and general information to clients.
If you are an undergraduate or don’t have enough time to participate as a student assistant, we also offer students the opportunity to attend a ULLAC Taster Session, where you can observe the legal advice session without having the responsibility of drafting any documents.
Pro Bono Placements
Our placements are recruited at different points in the year depending on need. They allow students the opportunity to volunteer for one day a week or more with not-for-profit organisations and charities who are keen to recruit law students to assist their clients. Placements are subject to change each year depending on the needs of external organisations. Examples of organisations we have worked with include Citizens Advice, Law Centres, Amnesty International, Intervene, IPSEA, St Mungo’s, SPSAS, Employment Litigants in Person, CENlive and the National Centre for Domestic Violence.
Each year we organise a number of court visits which are open to all students. Visiting a court is a fascinating experience and a really good way to learn about the court system and the judiciary. Examples of court visits we have organised in the past include visits to the Supreme Court and the Royal Courts of Justice in Central London. Usually, court staff provide a talk about the court, and students are often able to talk to a judge and watch a hearing.
This is an innovative public legal education programme where students volunteer to deliver presentations to schools or community groups. Students devise and deliver these on different areas of law according to our clients’ needs. You might be delivering a presentation on stop and search or explaining the process of making a claim to an employment tribunal. All Streetlaw presentations delivered through ULaw are supervised by experienced solicitors.
By taking part in this opportunity you can discover how the law impacts on everyday life as well as taking the time to develop your skills in legal research, preparation of presentations, time management, client care, team working and communication.
London Legal Walk
Each year we organise a ULaw team of walkers who obtain sponsorship to walk 10K round legal London! You will help raise money to enable those in desperate need of legal advice obtain access to justice. It is also a fantastic way to network with lawyers as thousands participate. It ends with a fun street party in Chancery Lane at the Law Society.