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At UCL Faculty of Laws, we take pride in the student experience. Our students are involved in a wide range of activities, from socials and balls, to career events and mentoring

You can choose from an array of activities both within the faculty and in the wider UCL community – some of which add greatly to your legal education, some of which are just about having a good time.

As a UCL Laws student, you can get involved with our pro bono initiatives, mooting, client interviewing and negotiation competitions, mentoring opportunities and, if you can find the time, writing for the UCL Laws student magazine, Silk v Brief or for our student-led journal, the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

There are plenty of opportunities to let your hair down too, with socials, balls and end of term parties, as well as regular professional networking events, including the prestigious annual Barristers’ Cocktail Party. Many events are run for and by students through the undergraduate and graduate law societies, which work to provide support and advice for all of our students.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of all the clubs, societies and facilities offered by UCL’s student union, UCLU, and the University of London Union, ULU. Whatever you’re interested in – anime, boxing, folk music, water polo, or anything in between – you’re sure to find some new friends who share your passion.

Law societies

The law societies at UCL Laws are run by students, for students.

The Law Society and the Graduate Law Society organise and deliver a packed programme of careers events, mooting and negotiation competitions, pro bono projects and socials each term, and work with the Faculty and law firms to help all students at UCL Laws make the most of their studies.

The law societies’ presidents and officers are elected each year by students, and the societies’ activities are governed by their constitutions.

UCL Law Society 

The UCL Law Society plays a vital role within UCL Laws, and is run by a committee elected annually by the student body. This society supplements academic activities by organising social and sporting functions during the year and also provides a programme of talks by eminent academics and practitioners from outside UCL. It is in conjunction with the Law Society that the faculty successfully maintains its strong links with the legal profession in London and elsewhere, and a thriving careers programme.

Members of the Law Society assist in many ways in the extracurricular life of UCL Laws. They organise moots – simulated judicial proceedings – in which all students are encouraged to participate and which are usually judged by eminent members of the legal profession. They also help to organise a client-interviewing competition and a negotiation competition. Additionally, the society arranges a substantial programme of careers talks and events.

Every effort is made at UCL to ensure that a friendly community exists. Within the faculty building, there is a pleasant common room and a number of social and intellectual events are arranged throughout term for students.

Last, but definitely not least, the Law Society exists to represent undergraduate student interests in UCL Laws. The society’s elected officers and student representatives sit on the faculty’s Staff/Student Consultative Committee and on the Faculty Board – the governing body of UCL Laws. Student representatives liaise constantly with Faculty Officers over all matters of student concern.

Olga Thomas
Faculty Tutor, UCL Laws

UCL Law Society online

Stay up to date with all the latest news, events and opportunities from the Law Society on their website.

Graduate Law Society

The UCL Graduate Law Society is here to help LLM students at UCL Laws spend their time enjoyably and successfully throughout the academic year.

The Graduate Law Society was founded by UCL Laws graduate students with the aim of promoting friendship and networking opportunities among students on the largest graduate programme at UCL. The Society strives to ensure that you maintain long-term contacts beyond your LLM programme.

Specifically, the UCL Graduate Law Society has the following aims and objectives:

  • To create opportunities for cross-cultural exchange between members
  • To promote friendships, contacts and networking between members
  • To promote relationships and co-operation between law firms and members
  • To ensure that you get an invaluable experience for your CV

The UCL Graduate Law Society welcomes all graduate students reading for an LLM degree at UCL.

For more information please see the LLM Programme Moodle page.

UCL Graduate Law Society Committee 2017-18

Firoza Dodhi
President
Firoza Dodhi
Lucy Mulvaney
Secretary 
Lucy Mulvaney
Benedict Tan
Treasurer 
Benedict Tan
Alexander Mackay
Events Officer 
Alexander Mackay
Thomas Parish
Employability Officer
Thomas Parish
Thomas Goodman
Sports Officer 
Thomas Goodman

Mooting

Studying law will probably be different from how you imagined it. We tend to think of lawyers as public speakers in packed courtrooms, cleverly questioning witnesses, giving heart rending pleas of mitigation and the like.

However, the average law student will spend most of their time reading in the library, attending lectures and tutorials, and writing essays. At UCL Laws, we place a great deal of emphasis on mooting, giving our students the opportunity to combine their academic studies with what it is like to be a real lawyer.

What is Mooting?

In a moot, two pairs of ‘advocates’ argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a ‘judge’. To win, you do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation of your legal arguments.

Why Moot?

Mooting is useful for developing the legal skills of analysis and interpretation, but also personal skills of argument and public speaking. These are vital skills for any students looking for a career in Law and it is certainly a skill that employers will be looking for.

Mooting at UCL Laws

Moots are organised by the UCL Law Society’s Mooting Officers. Each year, the UCL Law Society runs a schedule of training for freshers, as well as moot competitions for all year groups. Students can compete in internal competitions, as well as moots against students from other universities. A high court judge or prominent lawyer always judges internal UCL Moot Competition Finals.

To get the most out of mooting, a lot of work is required to argue cases successfully, but as many experienced mooters will tell you, it’s well worth it!

Pro Bono 

At UCL Laws, we encourage our students to put their knowledge and skills to practical use in the community and see how the law can be used as an effective instrument for social change.

We provide opportunities and support students in a range of activities from shadowing lawyers on active casework to educating local school children about their rights and working on international human rights campaigns. These activities are managed and overseen the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (CAJ), which was launched in March 2013.

A full listing of the faculty’s pro bono programme can be found on the Pro Bono Projects page of the UCL CAJ website.

UCL Laws also recognises the importance of clinical legal education and provides a unique opportunity for students to take a final year course entitled Access to Justice and Community Engagement through the UCL CAJ.

This course allows students to conduct casework together with leading UK legal charities in the areas of social welfare, employment, and education law.

To find out more about Pro Bono projects at UCL Laws, and further details about the Access to Justice and Community Engagement module, visit the UCL CAJ website. 

Join the conversation

The UCL Centre for Access to Justice Blog is a new online forum through which students and staff that are involved in pro bono work and passionate about social justice can write and share blog posts reflecting on their experiences and/or discussing pressing access to justice issues that give rise to the need for pro bono work today.

The aim of the Blog is to raise awareness of the importance of pro bono work and the major hurdles that currently limit access to justice for all. The Blog also analyses the role of law in society and the ways in which law can be utilized as a tool for individual justice, as well as the barriers lawyers and individuals face in achieving this end.

LawWithoutWalls

LawWithoutWalls is an award-winning course pioneered by the University of Miami School of Law and taught in conjunction with leading law schools across the globe including UCL Laws, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Fordham Law School, Peking University (STL), the University of St Gallen and the University of Sydney.

The course explores innovations in global legal education and practice through weekly virtual classes and collaborative research.

In addition to their virtual classes, participating students work in small international groups to conduct a piece of research on an assigned topic, supported by mentors who are international experts in their field.

Through this research, students identify an innovative solution to a challenge or opportunity arising from the globalisation of legal practice or education. These solutions, ‘Projects of Worth’, are presented to the LWOW community and a panel of judges at a ‘ConPosium’ that takes place at the end of each programme.

UCL offers LLM students the opportunity to participate in two LawWithoutWalls programmes:  LWOW Original and LWOW X. You can find more information about these programmes in the following section.

Selection and participation in LawWithoutWalls offers a huge range of benefits for UCL students including individual mentorship from leading academics and practitioners, engaging with guest speakers, creating a wide network of new peers and colleagues, experience using new media learning technologies and the acquisition of a diverse range of law related and business skills.

LWOW Original and LWOW X

The LWOW Original and LWOW X programmes follow the same curriculum (save for the difference outlined in the next paragraph). As such, both programmes involve a kick-off event in January, weekly virtual thought leadership sessions on Wednesday evenings (comprising of both skills-based and substantive classes), and a ConPosium at the end of the programme in April.

The only difference between the two programmes is that LWOW Original students meet in person for both the kick-off event in January and the ConPosium in April, whereas these are conducted online in the LWOW X programme. The LWOW Original kick-off is hosted by one of the participating Universities (often in Europe) and the ConPosium will be held at the University of Miami. UCL will be responsible for students’ flight and accommodation costs in attending these events. The LWOW X kick-off and ConPosium events are held entirely online although students are encouraged to come into UCL for both events, where rooms will be made available (although students are able to participate from home).

There are four places on the LWOW Original programme and eight places on the LWOW X programme.

Find out more about these programmes on the LawWithoutWalls website or visit your UCL LawWithoutWalls Moodle page. Note that login is required for the UCL Moodle page so will only be accessible by current students.

Mentors and partners

Throughout the course, students engage with leading practitioners and mentors from across the globe through weekly virtual mentoring sessions, creating an incredible networking, as well as learning, opportunity. To find out more about participating mentors, visit the LawWithoutWalls website.

Recognition

LawWithoutWalls has won an InnovAction Award for its ingenuity in the management of the practice of law from the College of Law Practice Management.

News about other awards and press coverage for LWOW can be found on the LawWithoutWalls website.

How to apply

Applications for LawWithoutWalls is by CV and personal video submission (more details are available via the LawWithoutWalls website). The dates for submission will be confirmed at the graduation induction week although this is ordinarily mid-October. Shortlisted students will then be invited to interview (ordinarily held mid-November).

It is imperative that your application states which programme(s) you wish to be considered for: LWOW Original only, LWOW X only, or both programmes, (although students will only be selected for one programme).

To apply, you should submit a CV and personal video to the UCL LWOW Faculty Director, Anna Donovan as well as by applying via the LWOW website.

Your personal video should refer to why you are interested in participating in the LWOW programme and its objectives, why you should be selected as a candidate and any other relevant information.

Students will also be required to submit an application directly to the LawWithoutWalls website. The information required by UCL and LawWithoutWalls is broadly the same; to confirm, students only need to prepare one video.

Find out more

A LawWithoutWalls question and answer session will be held in as part of the LLM Induction Programme and the time and date will be included in students’ induction materials. Given the unique nature of the programme, we will also hold a separate LawWithoutWalls question and answer seminar before the application deadline. The time and date of this seminar will be confirmed during the graduate induction session.

If you have any further questions about LawWithoutWalls, email Anna Donovan, or visit the LawWithoutWalls website.

Programme for Law Teachers

The Programme for Law Teachers is a non-accredited module for present and intending law teachers who are currently registered as graduate students at UCL Laws.

This optional module is free, and does not constitute any part of the curriculum for the graduate degree programme on which students are formally registered.

The Programme for Law Teachers consists of a series of Legal Education Seminars, which run on Wednesday evenings between 18:00-19:00 during terms one and two. A certificate of completion will be issued to students upon satisfactory completion of a 3,000 word paper, which is submitted in July.

Further information about the programme and how to register will be issued to graduate students in induction packs when they arrive at UCL Laws.

Student Prizes

UCL Laws awards prizes and scholarships to graduate students who have achieved top marks in their examinations or who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Each of our prizes are made possible through the generous support of a wide range of sponsors and benefactors, including legal firms and alumni who maintain strong links with UCL Laws and who recognise the excellence of our students.

Recent winners
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP Prize for Overall Best Performance in the Intellectual Property LLM: Awarded to LLM Students taking IP Law modules.
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Prize for International Arbitration: Awarded to the two students attaining the highest individual marks ion the “International Arbitration” module.
  • Cheng Cheng-Nan Prize For Public International Law: Awarded to the best graduate Public International Law student.
  • International Corporate Rescue Award for Excellence: Awarded to the author of the best LLB or LLM dissertation in the area of Financial and/or Corporate Law as recommended by the UCL Centre for Commercial Law.
  • Jevons Institute Prize for Top Competition Law Students: Awarded to LLM candidates who excel in the Competition Law and Economics module.
  • Pump Court Tax Chambers Prize: Awarded to the student with the highest mark in International and Comparative Law of Trusts module.
  • Rouse Prize for Excellence in International and Comparative Trade Marks, Designs and Unfair Competition: Awarded to LLM students taking the International and Comparative Trade Marks and Unfair Competition modules.
  • Val Korah Prize for Excellence in Competition Law: Awarded to the best candidate specialising in Competition Law and chosen by the Val Korah Prize Committee.
Prizewinners ceremonies

Galleries of our most recent UCL Laws Prizewinners Ceremonies can be found on Flickr.

Student Support

If you feel like you’re in need of some support or advice during your studies, there are lots of resources available to all UCL Laws students that might help.

Academic Mentors

All undergraduate students are assigned an Academic Mentor, who is a full-time member of academic staff and will be able to provide support during your time at UCL Laws.

We attach great importance to the academic mentor system, and as a student you can raise, in confidence any matter – academic or personal – that might be causing you concern. Your mentor will be able to give advice and if necessary, refer you to one of UCL’s student support and welfare services.

Programme Directors

The Undergraduate and Graduate Taught Programme Directors have responsibility for the general academic and pastoral oversight of all students in the Faculty, and can provide advice and direction to students on academic, financial or personal issues.

 
UCL Student Centre

The UCL Student Centre brings together services from across UCL to provide advice about welfare, student disability services, fees and funding, rights and advice, and graduation ceremonies.

Visit the UCL Student Centre website to find out more

UCLU

University College London Union, UCLU, exists to provide all UCL students with a range of services to support and help develop their skills and interests while they are at UCL.

All students are automatically registered as members of UCLU (although you may choose to opt-out), and the Union is led by ten full-time student sabbatical officers elected by students in an annual cross-campus ballot.

UCLU runs over 200 clubs and societies for students, as well as a number of bars, cafes and shops across campus. They also provide opportunities for students to get involved in campaigning and volunteering, find part-time work and develop your employability skills.

Visit the UCLU website to find out more

Careers in Law

With a degree from UCL Laws, you’ll have the right knowledge and skills to pursue a career in law, but if that’s not the path you’ve chosen, studying with us will give you the experience and expertise to succeed in a range of careers in areas such as financial services, government and business.

While you’re here, you can take advantage of our dedicated Careers Consultant, Stephen Gurman, to help you get started on your career journey with one-to-one advice sessions, CV and application checking, and practice interviews.

In addition to providing careers guidance, Stephen liaises closely with employers to ensure that the bespoke events programme offered to students reflects the latest trends in the market in addition to the needs of the students.

Stephen also writes for the UCL Law Careers Blog and the Law Careers Blog on the Careers Group website.

You can keep up to date with upcoming careers activities and opportunities with our regular student newsletter, and make sure you don’t miss out on important events like the annual UCL Law Fair, offering you exclusive access to the recruitment partners of all the major law firms.

The UCL Law Society also runs a series of careers and networking events throughout the year, giving you plenty of opportunities make new connections and build valuable relationships for the future.

One-to-one advice

As a student at UCL Laws, you can make an appointment with our Careers Consultant to receive one-to-one careers guidance or arrange a practice interview.

The appointments are available between Mondays and Thursdays during term time, and held in Room 408, Bentham House. All appointments are confidential.

This twenty-minute session can be used to discuss a range of issues, from making applications, decisions about life after UCL and planning next steps, exploring options related to your degree and gaining new skills, to what to expect at interviews or assessment centres and how to market your degree, skills and experience to employers.

How to book an appointment

Bookings can be made online up to 7 days in advance using your My UCL Careers account. If you have any questions about the online booking system please contact UCL Careers at careers@ucl.ac.uk or on 020 3549 5900.

Once logged in, use the ‘I want to… / Make Appointment’ option and select ‘UCL Departmental Appointment’ from the list of options to check appointment availability.

Due to high demand, you can only book one appointment at a time. If you try to book multiple appointments, only the earliest appointment will be recognised and any bookings on subsequent dates will be automatically deleted.

Practice Interviews

If you’ve been invited to any type of interview, you can ask for a Practice Interview. This role-play exercise will help you practice typical interview questions for the role you’ve applied for (including vacation schemes, training contracts, pupillages and roles outside of legal careers) and help you to work on your interview technique.

You’ll receive feedback on your performance during the session and have chance to address any other concerns you have about the interview process. We aim to make practice interviews as similar to the real thing as possible, so you must have a real interview invite before booking.

How to book an appointment

To book your Practice Interview, download and complete the booking form from the UCL Careers website, and return to careers@ucl.ac.uk.

Resources

There are lots of resources available to help you get started with applications, prepare for interviews and market your degree and your experience to your future employers.

Job hunting, careers inspiration and more

Getting careers inspiration
A guide to job hunting
Finding internships, vacation work and work experience
A guide to networking
Working for small organisations
Advice on changing or leaving your course
Information for students with disabilities
Information on postgraduate study
Entrepreneurship: self-employment, franchising and freelancing
Information for mature students

Applying

How to write a CV
How to write a covering letter
How to write a personal statement
Preparing for and succeeding at Interviews
A guide to psychometric tests
A guide to written and e-tray exercises
Preparing and delivering an oral presentation
A guide to group exercises

Aptitude and psychometric tests

Through the UCL Careers Service, UCL students are able to access online assessment provider Kenexa, and experience a full-length, timed numeracy and verbal reasoning test similar to those used by a wide range of graduate recruiters, and receive immediate feedback on their performance.

To request access to this resource, use your UCL email account to send the details of your full name and student ID number (listed on your UCL ID card as UPI:…) to the UCL Careers Service.

Alternatively, visit the UCL Careers Service in person with your current UCL ID card.

Useful legal publications

Legalweek: for the latest news from the legal world
Lawyer2b: for the latest news for student lawyers
Lawcareers.net: includes a detailed list of training contracts and pupillages
RollOnFriday: latest gossip from inside law firms
TARGET jobs law: online magazine about working in the legal sector
Prospects: the UK’s official graduate careers website containing a sector overview and descriptions of different roles within the legal sector

Becoming a barrister

The Bar Standards Board: information on qualifying as a Barrister
Become a Barrister: information on becoming a Barrister from the Bar Council
Pupillage Portal: details of all Pupillages available in England and Wales

Becoming a solicitor

Solicitors Regulation Authority: information for students about qualifying as a solicitor
The Law Society: the representative body for solicitors

Current vacancy listings

UCL JobOnline
UCL JobOnline is a search engine that enables UCL students and graduates to find career opportunities. Jobs listed on this site range from part-time work, voluntary work and work experience to internships and full time graduate positions.

UCLAlert!
UCLAlert is the official careers email service for UCL students, bringing you first notification of events run by the UCL Careers Service, as well as information on job vacancies and other careers events straight from employers or The Careers Group based on your preferences.