The Pro Bono Group
The Birmingham Law School Pro Bono Group offers free legal services for the most vulnerable in the local community, and provides invaluable opportunities for our students to put the law they learn in the classroom into practice. An increasing number of students want to participate in pro bono work and the Pro Bono Group has expanded because of a noticeable increase in client demand for services in light of recent legislative cuts to legal aid.
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The High Fliers’ Graduate Market survey reports that around half of recruiting firms consider graduate applicants with no work experience ‘not very likely’ to be successful in securing a job offer. To help our students become distinctive in the graduate employment market, Birmingham Law School provides a range of career-focused events and opportunities. Working in partnership with the student-run Holdsworth Club and the University's Careers Network, CEPLER has extended the range of its careers provision in order to help prepare students for the diverse and challenging environment in which they will find themselves on graduation. In addition to a series of traditional lectures on aspects of life and law in practice, CEPLER has also: hosted a speed networking event between students and local practititoners; introduced specialist panel events; offered soft skills sessions on topics such as 'Social Media and Networking' and 'Making a Personal Impact'; organised the Law School's first full day mock assessment centre and an Employment Tribunal Insight Day, along with repeating the successful Law in the City scheme; and has encouraged debates amongst practitioners on topical issues such as diversity.
CEPLER continutes to facilitate several advocacy-related activities, including Mooting, Debating and Negotation. The mooting year begins with a series of non-competitive mooting skills workshops which are available to all students new to mooting at the Law School. The skills sessions are followed by three mooting competitions, which seek to develop the legal research, public speaking and presentation skills of our students.