Student involvement

Pro bono work is a great way to get legal work experience and build up your CV.

Why do pro bono work?

There are plenty of reasons to get involved with pro bono activity as a law student:

  • Assist the local community by looking at all kinds of legal issues and problems.
  • Use your skills to really make a difference to people's lives.
  • Gain experience relevant to your future career.
  • Increase your employability, as law firms value pro bono experience.
  • Develop your lawyering skills by gaining real face-face client contact, interviewing, research, advocacy and drafting skills.
  • Develop your confidence.
  • Work closely with local legal practitioners and have the opportunity to network with practising lawyers.
  • Your involvement in these initiatives can count towards your ‘Law in Action’ module and UWE Bristol Futures Award.

Watch our video to learn more.

The application process

Our pro bono opportunities are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. We advertise most of our opportunities during the September course induction period, with further information published on your course Blackboard site.

Most of our activities are student-led, including the application process. Some opportunities do occur during the academic year, so you should check Blackboard during the year.

Contact us

If you would like to know more, please contact Marcus Keppel-Palmer, Director of Pro Bono, at

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