We have excellent and well-established relationships with many local, regional, national and international law firms, and we are constantly forging new ones, often through our former students. Some of these firms offer work experience opportunities exclusively for our law students and we offer students the opportunity to apply for these roles. We also support students in their own efforts to identify and secure opportunities for work experience.
Law School Mentoring Scheme
Our Mentor Scheme utilises the strong ties the Law School has with the legal community. The scheme matches students with an established barrister or solicitor, very often alumni. This allows students to work on a confidential basis with a supportive professional.
Pro Bono Work
Pro bono work, providing free legal advice, is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of the law in action. Our Law Clinic Pro Bono Programme was established in 2002 and is run by our students. It helps to arrange voluntary work in a range of organisations such as: Shelter; Victim Support; the Witness Service; the National Appropriate Adult Scheme; Changing Places; and the Citizens' Advice Bureau.
Law students are also involved in gaining practical experience through the Innocence Project, which works with prisoners, and through the Norfolk Community Legal Service's Free Legal Advice scheme. This scheme is a joint venture between us and the Norfolk Community Legal Service, where students develop their legal and transferable skills by working alongside local volunteer practitioners providing legal advice to members of the public.