Pro Bono Volunteering
Birmingham City University has a thriving community of students who regularly volunteer with organisations in the Birmingham area. Volunteering gives School of Law students the opportunity to work on real life cases and gain valuable hands on experience and employability skills whilst assisting the Birmingham community.
The recruitment of volunteers is organised under the umbrella of the Birmingham City University Law Clinic. You will have the opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you have learned in your studies into practice. Our partner organisations, who currently include Central England Law Centre (CELC), the Personal Support Unit (PSU) and SOS!SEN, will oversee all the work that you do.
In the past year over 100 students have helped out at our partner organisations and supported clinics in Employment Law, Immigration Law, Housing Law and Education Law. They have directly worked with clients in many ways such as supporting litigants in person at court and working on casework at the CELC.
This year the Birmingham City University Law Clinic has supported an exciting initiative by the PSU to set up a pilot telephone advice scheme lasting 3 months, staffed by Birmingham City University law students volunteering on a pro bono basis.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in local charitable events such as the Birmingham City University team for the Birmingham Legal Walk and during pro bono week.
Pro bono opportunities are advertised throughout the academic year as they become available. Birmingham City University is always striving to seek out new and exciting avenues for students to work on a pro bono basis. In the near future we hope to assist the employment law charity Bradical in helping clients through face to face interviews.
For further information please contact the Pro Bono and BCU Law Clinic Coordinator Samantha Gargaro@bcu.ac.uk