Opportunities

All Nottingham Law School students have the opportunity to get involved with the Centre, whether this is is part of the course or on a voluntary basis. There are numerous projects you can get involved in throughout your time at Nottingham Law School.

The multi-award winning Legal Advice Centre is an outstanding facility, situated on Level 1 of the Chaucer building. It was opened by the Attorney General in June 2014 and is a fully fledged Law practice, regulated as an Alternative Business Structure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The opportunity to be responsible for real cases, serve real clients, and get real court experience; where else could I find that? Steve Theodore, Free Representation Unit volunteer
  • Legal Advice and Representation Services

    Provide first-level advice to members of the public on a range of legal issues, including employment, business and commercial, family, housing and welfare benefits.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Outreach Advice Project

    You could also get involved with our Outreach Advice Project, which currently runs in Netherfield and the Nottingham Women's Centre.

    The Nottingham Women’s Centre offers women a safe and supportive environment to help them gain confidence and become more independent. The Centre organises training, counselling and activities to assist with the wellbeing of women across Nottinghamshire.

  • Miscarriage of Justice Project

    Review and investigate alleged miscarriage of justice cases.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Streetlaw Project

    Our Streetlaw project provides a way for our students to gain experience of presenting and sharing information, while having an impact in the local community.

    Students provide interactive presentations to educate an identified group about their legal rights and responsibilities.

    Groups vary immensely and can include primary and secondary school pupils, prison inmates, senior citizens and homeless people.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Overseas Placement Opportunities

    The Law School has previously provided scholarships to help students fund travel overseas to undertake pro bono placements.

    The Alumni Fund has provided the majority of these scholarships. This fund consists of generous donations given by former students who are keen to give something back after developing their own successful careers.

    In recent years, twelve students visited Jananeethi, a human rights NGO in Kerala, southern India. While in India, the students worked on projects such as clinical drug trial litigation, women's rights, and environmental law projects. Three students have also been to Kerala and worked on a clinical drug trial project.

    Others overseas placements that students have undertaken through the Centre include:

    • death row cases in the US
    • a law centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

    These placements provide students with an excellent and challenging experience where they can develop their skills. Overseas placements show prospective employers their range of experience and the capacity to develop.

    You can also use our overseas opportunities in the Year Three Law in Practice module. Organisations such as Projects Abroad promote opportunities in the developing world, which involve law and can fundamentally change people's perceptions of the way in which law and society operate.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Nottingham Trent Volunteering

    We work with Nottingham Trent Volunteering to provide pro bono and law-related volunteering opportunities with outside organisations, such as the Personal Support Unit which provides support and advice to those representing themselves at court.

    We actively encourage the development of student-directed opportunities, so if you have a particular interest, you could form and run your own project.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Free Representation Unit (FRU)

    Our students have the opportunity to qualify as a representative in conjunction with the London-based charity Free Representation Unit (FRU).

    The FRU helps people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford legal representation.

    This enables students to work on real-life cases and experience representing clients in employment and social security tribunals and benefit appeals.

    Once the students have prepared their case, they will then attend the tribunal to represent their client before the judge.

    FRU volunteers have to dedicate both time and commitment to their cases. Students who become FRU volunteers will gain essential case preparation and advocacy skills. FRU officers supervise and support the student volunteers at each stage of the legal process.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Student pro bono committee

    The Nottingham Law School Student Pro Bono Committee are a select group of students who represent the students that undertake pro bono work in the Legal Advice Centre.

    The main aims of the Committee are to:

    • help further engage volunteers at the Centre
    • act as a bridge of communication between students on different pro bono projects, and give feedback to Centre staff
    • provide opportunities for students on the various pro bono projects offered at the Centre to integrate and socialise with one another
    • take a lead role in various Centre initiatives including fundraising, marketing and event planning
    • have a key role in the development of the Centre and its activities.

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

  • Autism Law Service

    In 2017/18, the Centre continued its development of our Autism Law Service following the establishment of the service in 2016. The Service is led by Callum Scott, Legal Officer. The Service arose from recognition that many of the clients using our advice and Tribunal services have autism or an autism spectrum condition.


    Broadly, the aims of the service are to:

    • Develop an advice and representation service targeted at, and sensitive to, the needs of people with autism and autistic spectrum conditions;
    • Deliver public legal education sessions to local employers (including in the not-for-profit sector) on disability rights issues;
    • Train the next generation of lawyers for methods of dealing with a neuro-diverse client base and to aid understanding of the issues faced by such clients; and
    • Contribute to the policy conversations surrounding autism awareness and access to justice.
    • An ‘Autism Awareness’ training day delivered by Autism East

    How do I apply?

    Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

Why get involved?

It can help you get a job and develop vital skills. Doing client work alongside your studies shows commitment and drive, and gives you the chance to put your legal skills into practice. You’ll also gain the organisational,problem solving, time management, team working and communication skills that employers from all sectors are looking for.

Our pro bono work helps the local community. Getting involved gives you the chance to give something back, and many of our students get enormous personal satisfaction from this.

Over £3 million benefit / compensation has been recovered for clients over the last 5 years.

How do I apply?

Look in the NLS Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW, which is accessed via the student communities section.

Still need help?

Legal Advice Centre
+44 (0)115 848 4262