Our pro bono projects
We provide pro bono opportunities at all of our centres. Some projects run nationally and others reflect the needs of local communities.
You can learn more about our projects and the opportunities available at each BPP University study centre below.
Streetlaw and Mock Trials
Streetlaw promotes understanding about legal rights and responsibilities to individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal knowledge or education. Streetlaw projects benefit both the wider community and our law students, who learn valuable legal and professional skills.
You will research and deliver interactive presentations on the law to a range of community groups including school children, youth groups, young entrepreneurs, prisoners, ex-offenders, homeless shelters and charities.
You may also visit local schools and run mock trial workshops, giving young people an introduction to the criminal justice system and the court process.
Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) Case Summaries
This is a joint-working project with the Leasehold Advisory Service, LEASE, where you will summarise cases from the Residential Property Tribunal which are then made available to the public on the LEASE website.
Legal Translation Service (LTS)
The LTS aims to provide legal advice centres and not for profit organisations with free interpretation and translation, both in writing and in person, by involving students with native or fluent foreign language abilities. You will develop good listening and client skills and are exposed to varied real life legal issues.
Work with a group of students to research areas of law relevant to the pro bono sector including all areas of social welfare law and environmental law. You can also research and write articles to be published on BPP University Law School Pro Bono Centre social media. Your work will be supervised by a qualified lawyer and may be used as the basis of future Streetlaw presentations.
BPP Legal Advice Clinic (BLAC)
BLAC gives you the opportunity to gain practical legal experience in interviewing and advising clients (under supervision), giving free legal advice to the community. This project provides an experience as close to legal practice as possible, to work under the supervision of lawyers and enables you to develop a range of legal skills.
Our London, Leeds and Manchester clinics hold the Advice Quality Standard, the mark of quality awarded to independent advice organisations.
Locations: Leeds, Manchester, London
Criminal Appeals Project
In this project, you will work under a barrister’s or solicitor’s supervision investigating cases of convicted persons who maintain innocence but have exhausted the initial appeals process. You will seek evidence that will assist them in making applications for such cases to be reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, for referral back to the Court of Appeal.
Locations: Leeds, London
Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL)
Taking part in ELTAL will help you to develop interviewing, note taking and client handling skills. You will interview clients over the telephone to obtain case background information. This information is then sent to volunteer solicitors who provide free legal advice to the client over the phone.
Depending on availability, you may get the opportunity to “sit-in” on the advice calls with the solicitor or, where appropriate, attend the Employment Tribunal to observe and take notes for a litigant in person.
Locations: Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, London
European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) Research Project
The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is a unique online database which provides free access to key asylum and refugee case law from 17 European Union Member States as well as the European Courts. Without the database States, practitioners and the judiciary are unaware of potentially better practices, how provisions are being interpreted and with what instruments. The database is maintained by the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (‘ECRE’).
If you are fluent in English and a native/fluent speakers of one or more of the following languages (German, French, Czech, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Slovenian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish), you can support the ECRE by completing and proof reading case summaries which are published on the database and contributing to the EDAL blog, which provides legal commentary on recent asylum jurisprudence as well as asylum legislation.
Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester
Human Rights Unit (HRU)
You will have the opportunity to be involved in human rights related research projects, attend speaker events and to contribute articles to the Human Rights Journal on a wide variety of human rights issues. This project provides you with the opportunity to develop a wide range of important legal skills including legal writing and opinion skills, legal research and legal analysis.
Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London
Personal Support Unit (PSU)
The Personal Support Unit is a charity that gives practical and emotional support to unrepresented litigants at court. You will meet unrepresented litigants to talk through their cases informally and to accompany them around the courts and into hearings. You must complete 16 days’ volunteering during the academic year.
Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London
Other local projects
We also offer several opportunities unique to certain BPP University study centre locations. These include pop-up advice clinics, Tribunal Services, volunteer work with local charities and shadowing opportunities.
If you would like more information on pro bono opportunities, or to take part in a project, you can contact our Pro Bono Centre as soon as you have accepted your offer by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a current student wishing to volunteer for a project, please register with the Pro Bono Centre here.