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Our global community of alumni, the Bentham Association, provides advice and support for all former students as well as bringing together alumni and staff at regular networking events around the world

By joining us, you can keep in touch with all the news from UCL Laws and find out about the latest opportunities for professional development and learning in the Faculty. You can also register for your free UCL Alumni Benefits Card, giving you access to a range of exclusive benefits, including discounts and special offers for holidays, theatre tickets, language lessons and gym memberships.

We are grateful for the continuing generosity of our alumni. The donations and financial support kindly given by our alumni provide funds and scholarships, enabling us to continue to attract the brightest minds to UCL Laws.

History

Established in 1949, the Bentham Association was formed to help maintain and strengthen relationships with our former students, colleagues and friends of UCL Laws. The Bentham Association provides a forum for discussion at events throughout the year, offers opportunities for professional networking and development, and encourages the active support of UCL Laws alumni in shaping life in the faculty.

The first Bentham Association President, Lord du Parcq, and over the following 65 years, we have been led by many distinguished figures from the legal profession and academia, including Professor Sir David Hughes Parry, Lord Hailsham, Lady Hale and Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury.

The 2017 President is Justice Kate O’Regan and the Presidential Address and Dinner was held on Wednesday 9 March 2017. 

Past presidents of the Bentham Association

 

Events and reunions

Bentham Association

We regularly host events, bringing together alumni, friends and colleagues here in London and in countries around the world. Each year, we host the Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner and special receptions and reunions for year groups to get together to share stories of their student days and what they’ve been up to since they left us.

Our alumni and members of the Bentham Association are also welcome to join us at our seminars, lectures, debates and conferences on a wide variety of legal topics. Many of these events are free and are accredited for CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and IP Reg.

All UCL Laws alumni receive a newsletter to keep up to date with our upcoming events. If you are an alumnus and don't receive this newsletter email the UCL Laws Communciations Team

Past Bentham Association events

Each year, we host the Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner and special receptions and reunions for year groups to get together to share stories of their student days and what they’ve been up to since they left us.

2017

UCL Faculty of Laws is proud to have welcomed over 80 alumni and friends to the 2017 Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner on Thursday 9 May 2017.

Delivering the 68th Presidential Address, 2017 Bentham Association President Kate O’Regan, former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, spoke on ‘A Constitutional Journey: Judicial review of administrative action in post-apartheid South Africa’.

2016

Held on Wednesday 16 March 2016, at UCL, the Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey MA Tao-Li GBM, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong delivered the 2016 Bentham Association Presidential Address: “In Praise of an Old, Honourable and Distinguished Friend: The Bar”.

2015

On Wednesday 11 March 2015, Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws, welcomed the Rt Hon The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC, QC, former Lord Chancellor to deliver the 2015 Bentham Association Presidential address on ‘The Role of The Lord Chancellor After the 2005 Reforms’.

2014

On Wednesday 12 March 2014, the Rt Hon The Lord Dyson delivered the 2014 Bentham Association Presidential Address, ‘Are the judges too powerful?’

2013

On Thursday 21 March 2013, Professor Robin Jacob delivered his Inaugural Lecture and the 2013 Bentham Association Presidential Address, ‘IP Law: Keep Calm and Carry On?’

2012

The 2012 Bentham Association Presidential Address, ‘Independence under Threat?’ was given by the Rt Hon. Lady Justice Hallett.

The event was chaired by Edwin Glasgow QC CBE.

UCL Laws Prize Winners Ceremonies

The UCL Laws Student Prize Winners Ceremony is one of the highlights of the Faculty’s year, when we gather to celebrate student achievement. Our prizes and scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved top marks in their examinations at UCL or whose academic distinction is such that a scholarship has been awarded to provide the opportunity to study here.

View our galleries on Flickr below:

Graduation ceremonies

Alumni benefits

As a member of the UCL Laws alumni community, you can take advantage of a wealth of benefits, including discounted CPD courses, invitations to special events and reunions, and a UCL alumni email address, to help you stay in touch with old friends and colleagues.

You can also register to receive a free UCL Alumni Benefits card, which entitles you to a range of exclusive alumni discounts, including alumni subscription to the UCL Library, reduced-price tickets at selected shows at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, and discounts for language and professional courses.

The UCL Alumni Benefits card also gives you access to special offers on products and services from a number of partners, to help you save money on hotels, holidays and car rental.

Alumni profiles

Find out about our former students’ experiences since they graduated, what they enjoyed about studying at UCL Laws and why they benefited from UCL’s central London location on our alumni profiles page. These profiles also appear on See how UCL students excel in London.

If you would like to have your profile featured please get in touch with Daniela Bragato at d.bragato@ucl.ac.uk.

Join us

We are committed to maintaining lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our alumni, wherever they are.

By joining our global alumni network, the Bentham Association, you will be able to keep in touch with old friends and colleagues from UCL Laws, receive the latest news and updates about the faculty and our events, and be eligible for a 15% discount on our CPD courses. You’ll also be invited to attend special alumni events and reunions, including the Bentham Association Annual Presidential Address and Dinner.

In return, you can play a vital part in the life of UCL Laws by judging student moots and client interviewing competitions, sharing your experience at careers and recruitment events, and through your professional connections, help us to obtain sponsorship to support and promote our events and activities.

With the generous support of our alumni, we are able to award prizes to recognise the achievements of our students, including the Bentham Prizes for Jurisprudence and for Merit, and the Sir Jack Jacob Prize for Civil Justice. Our alumni also help to provide valuable assistance to our students who are in financial difficulty through the Bentham Club Scholarship, helping us to continue to attract the brightest minds to UCL Laws, regardless of their financial or social background.

It’s completely free to join the Bentham Association, and all UCL Laws students are automatically enrolled as members when they graduate. If you are practising law, but didn’t study at UCL Laws, you are also eligible for membership.

Join the Bentham Association today

You can also join the Bentham Association on LinkedIn and keep in touch with old friends, share ideas and find out about new opportunities.