Students of Lancaster University Law School enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Lancaster University Student Law Society
Our student-run Law Society organises a range of social and career-related events, including a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, a careers dinner, as well as mooting and negotiation competitions. These events are designed to help students build networks between peers as well as with future employers, and to gain valuable experience of key skills that will set them apart from other candidates.
The Innocence Project
Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the Innocence Project. Under expert supervision from legal practitioners and academic staff, students assist prisoners who claim to be the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Students re-examine the evidence, seek to gather new information, and consider whether technological advancements could assist the prisoner. If the team and their supervisors believe there is a possibility that the conviction is unsafe, they send the material to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, who make a decision as to whether their case should be reexamined. One case that our students received was recently heard in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
The Law School runs an annual trip to Ghana where students have the opportunity to visit Lancaster’s partner campus, participate in Lancaster-Ghana’s Annual Inter-University Debate and explore Ghanaian culture. You can read about our students’ experiences in Ghana in 2014 and 2015.
Law School Careers Masterclasses, Placements, and Practitioner Visits
The Law School also has its own careers team headed by a qualified barrister and involving academic staff with connections to the legal profession. These staff organise careers events including masterclasses on topics such as applying for vacation schemes, preparing for interviews, and securing training contracts and pupillages. Our Careers Clinic provides an opportunity for students to discuss applications, CVs, and upcoming interviews.
In addition to these events we also organise visits from practitioners, and placement opportunities for our students.
University Career Support
Our dedicated University Careers Service has a specialist advisor for law and criminology careers. This service also organises commercial awareness events, training in how to give your best at selection centres and interviews. The Careers Service also provide advice on graduate career CV writing, advice the variety of career options for criminology graduates, and the wide range of careers law graduates can consider beyond the legal profession.
Criminology Criminal Justice System Project
Criminology students can elect to study an optional module, on which they deliver a live project for an organisation within, or connected to, the Criminal Justice System. Many of our students undertake training and volunteering through The Lancaster Award. The Award is designed to help you develop key skills valued by a wide range of employers who support the scheme to help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive employment market.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
All of our students also have the opportunity to undertake volunteering and pro bono work through LUSU Involve, the Citizens Advice Bureau and as Special Constables with Lancashire Constabulary.