Get your best suit ready. You’re going to need it.
But be prepared to roll up your sleeves, too.
Because if you want to make it as a lawyer, you’ll need as much hands-on experience as you can get. And if you can get it before you graduate, even better. That’s exactly what our Legal Advice Centre gives you.
Real cases, real clients, real advice
You’ll give free, confidential and independent legal advice to members of the community. And you’ll work on a whole range of cases: consumer rights, family, employment law, housing and property issues, welfare benefits, and more. All this in our newly created Legal Advice Centre work spaces which includes collaboration, consultation and customer waiting rooms.
Do your bit for the community
Helping parents regain contact with their children. Advising clients on divorce and property rights. Assisting with appeals against benefits decisions. So far, the Centre’s helped more than 1,000 people. This is your chance to make a huge difference to people’s lives.
Get a head start over other graduates
Practice makes perfect, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do just that. So by the time you graduate, you’ll already have experience in the fundamentals of lawyering: interviewing and dealing with clients from diverse backgrounds, practical legal research, assembling a case, and offering reliable legal opinions.
Train with qualified lawyers
You’ll be supervised by University staff who are qualified lawyers, and supported by our dedicated Centre for Professional Success every step of the way.
Counts towards your grades
Here’s the best bit. Working in the Legal Advice Centre counts towards your final degree mark. So you’ll boost your CV and your grades at the same time.
I’ve definitely gained confidence through doing this – just being able to go and talk to somebody you’ve never met before and bring them in, sit them down and lead an interview with them, has helped a lot. It’s not an experience you really get elsewhere.”
Best suit on? Check. Sleeves rolled up? Check.
Time to make a difference.