UCL Pro Bono – encouraging law students to put their knowledge and skills to practical use in the community, learning how to use the law as an effective instrument for social change.

This blog provides an online space for students to engage with each other and the public on issues relevant to their pro bono and clinical work in the community.

LLM Social Welfare Clinic

January 19, 2015

About the Opportunity:

The UCL Centre for Access to Justice has partnered with the Free Representation Unit to offer up to five LLM students the opportunity to undertake supervised pro bono casework.  Students will represent clients in respect of benefits applications and appeals at Social Security Tribunal. They will interview and advise clients, research and write legal arguments and conduct advocacy in areas including incapacity benefit, disability living allowance, housing and council tax benefits. Students working in this clinic represent clients both in the first-tier and upper tribunals.  The CAJ partnership involves added supervision and management by FRU legal officers.

After unprecedented cuts to legal aid, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your legal skills for a very worthwhile cause.

Selected students must be able to attend a full day of FRU training on Saturday, 21st February, 2015 and successfully pass a FRU exam.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position please submit

  • A CV. Please include in your CV a breakdown of module results from your undergraduate law degree (or equivalent).
  • A statement of interest including any legal professional qualifications, relevant experience and demonstrable interest in pro bono work.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Thursday,12th February, 2015.

Completed applications should be submitted to Shiva Riahi (

The deadline for applications is the Thursday, 5th February, 4pm.

For more information about the Centre for  Access to Justice

Volunteer needed for tutoring role

January 7, 2015

We are currently looking for a volunteer who would be interested in tutoring a student who is struggling with their history A-Level and essay writing skills. The student is considering dropping out of school so the tutoring is especially important and valuable. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Rachel Knowles (


Marshalling Opportunity at the Royal Courts of Justice

December 15, 2014

Dear all,

An exciting opportunity has become available to marshall with a Circuit Court Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

During this opportunity you will be in a small group of UCL students and will meet with the Circuit Court Judge to discuss the case which is about to be heard, watch the case, then meet with the judge again to discuss what the relevant facts and issues were. 

It is a very good opportunity to gain a unique insight into court procedure and judicial decision-making. 

Important information:

  • When- There are three available dates: 13th January, 20th January, and 27th January, 2015. The session will run from 10am to approximately 1:15pm. 
  • Where- The Thomas More Building of the Royal Courts of Justice

How to apply:

  • This opportunity is available to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years only. 
  • Please submit a brief statement of interest (200 words) and a CV no later than 5th January, 5pm. 
  • Please make sure you specify your preferred date in your statement. 

If you have any questions, email Shiva (