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.
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.
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. Their 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. They run their own advocacy competitions to give students courtroom practise, and also compete in national events. They 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. They have also hosted talks and workshops from BPTC and BCAT providers. Alongside all of this, they are a social society. They run networking events with Bristol chambers, and visits to the Inns of Court. Their annual Networking Dinner is the largest Bar social event outside London! They 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, their 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
The UoB Medical Law Society is aimed at students from all disciplines who are interested in medical ethics. For UBMLS’ third year, they will build on prior success by cultivating Bristol as a hub for medico-legal debate between universities, and developing a 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, they also have a strong focus on physical and mental wellbeing of their members and the student body as a whole.
University of Bristol Women in Law Society
The University of Bristol Women in Law Society was founded in 2017 with the aim to provide a platform for women in the law, both as citizens and members of the legal profession. Their membership is not limited to female law students and compromises of a variety of degree subjects and genders, all with the common interest in promoting women in law. The society organises panel discussions and talks that address the issues of gender in the legal sector, for example tackling female attrition rates at senior levels. The society also puts on events that raise awareness about the complex ways in which the law can discriminate against as well as protect and promote women in the UK and around the world.
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.
Unity and Diversity in Law Society
The Unity and Diversity in Law Society is a student-led committee comprised of students from different year groups and backgrounds working towards promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, aiming to break the stereotypes of what the ‘typical’ lawyer should look like. Through their events they want to ensure that the achievements of minorities are celebrated and that law students facing any barriers as a result of their diverse background are introduced to the schemes that are currently in place to help them overcome them. They strive to cultivate a sense of unity between law students highlighting the need for collaboration between them and the benefits that this can have.
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 their 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 Environmental and Energy Law Society
The Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS) was officially founded on the 18 April 2019 and is therefore one of the newest societies at the university. The EELS are passionate about all things environmental with a special focus on how the law and environment intertwine. They aim to provide members with a platform for wider discussion on the climate crisis and other environmentally damaging practices whilst also helping to promote careers in the environmental and energy law sectors. They plan to run a number of exciting events ranging from engaging speakers and career events, to debates and socials. As a new society, there is so much scope for all of our members to leave a lasting and meaningful legacy for the benefit of the world we all share.
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 partnership 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.
The University of Bristol’s Research for Change Forum (RfCF)
The University of Bristol’s Research for Change Forum (RfCF) seeks to create stimulating and yet informal platforms for discussion on legal change. In partnership with the University of Bristol Law School, the student committee works closely with postgraduate researchers and legal experts to organise lunchtime forums and some formal evening panel events to encourage students to explore changes and trends in the legal sector, as well as possible solutions and ways to move forward.