Pro Bono Network at Manchester Law School

Manchester Law School offers law students the opportunity to engage in pro bono work through links with the partner organisations, such as:

How to Apply:

Students who wish to undertake pro bono volunteering work via these schemes must first apply to be accepted onto the Manchester Law School Pro Bono Network via completing the application form. The Pro Bono Network is very popular and there is competition for places. Therefore the application form is important as students’ motivation and suitability is assessed via the form. Students are then matched to schemes, although for some schemes an additional application is required.

Manchester Law School Pro Bono and Legal Careers Fair:

: Wednesday 2nd October

Time: 12-3pm

Place: North Atrium, Business School Building

This event is in a fair-style format and many of the Law School’s pro bono partners will be attending. Manchester Law School students will have the opportunity to speak individually with the pro bono schemes and find out more about their work and volunteering opportunities.

For further information on pro bono opportunities at Manchester Law School:

Other Pro Bono Opportunities

A significant number of students express an interest in working as a volunteer in a law centre or Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in order to obtain related work experience and to put something back into their local community. Although you may not initially be able to undertake advice work in law centres, you will be involved in related administrative and reception duties, and in assisting the caseworkers. Meanwhile CABs will train students to be volunteers. This involves diagnostic interviewing & giving initial advice. You will normally be expected to make a regular commitment.

Law Centres

Centres provide free initial advice on a variety of legal matters to groups and individuals in the immediate community. Legal issues dealt with may include housing, immigration & asylum and discrimination work. This will vary, as each law centre has a contract to undertake advice & representative work in a certain area.

Greater Manchester currently has three law centres:

A national list of law centres can be accessed on the Law Centres Federation website.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The majority of those involved in the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are volunteers. CAB dispenses free advice on a range of issues, including social security, debt, benefits & welfare matters, consumer issues, housing, employment, immigration, discrimination, family, health and community care.

NB. To train as a volunteer, CABs usually require that students are able to give a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week and should be able to commit to at least 6-12 months. You need to be accepted onto the relevant CAB volunteer training programme. The exact volunteer roles available depend on the individual CAB.

Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau currently train volunteers to act as telephone triage assessors or giving advice by telephone. 

Useful Resources:

Manchester Met Volunteering

The Students’ Union provides students with information, training and support to get involved in volunteering. Opportunities are advertised through a dedicated online Volunteering Hub.

Manchester Community Central

This organisation has a Volunteer Centre, which provides information, advice, & opportunities to residents of Manchester City Council who wish to volunteer.

Careers and Employability Support

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:

Detailed Careers Guides
: Our full range of careers guides, including information on finding and applying for opportunities are available on our website.

Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.

Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment with a Careers and Employability Consultant by calling 0161 247 3483.

Careers Events: Meet employers and enhance your employability by attending our workshops, employer events and careers fairs.

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