STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Current Opportunities

We host a number of different events and projects for students throughout the year. The only eligibility requirements we have are that you will be 16 years or over at the time of the project and that you are studying for your A-Levels at a non-fee paying school. All of our projects are free of charge for all students. Unless specified, we accept applications for all projects up to a week prior to the project commencing.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently operating our projects online. We are also taking applications from students outside of London and welcome applications from all students at non-fee paying schools across England and Wales.

We offer the following programmes each year:

 

1. Mooting Competition - January to March

2. Introduction to the Legal System - April to May 

3. Radcliffe Chambers Student Barrister Experience - July

4. Summer School, in association with Linklaters LLP - August

5. The country's only Model Law Commission - October to December 

6. Fornightly morning mentoring sessions 

7. Plus various other one off programmes throughout the year

For more information and to apply please see the full details for each programme set out below and to learn about the projects that we have run in the past click here

Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court

(February - March)

 

Overview:

We offer students the opportunity to compete in our Mooting Competition in association with the Supreme Court. A "moot" simulates a court hearing (usually an appeal), in which participants analyse a fictional case, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions and then present an oral argument. If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be paired up with current law students, including students on the Bar Professional Training Course (the course people undertake to become a barrister), who act as "Mooting Mentors". This structure enables you to not only experience court advocacy, but also develop your knowledge of the law and nurture your communication skills with the help of those already pursuing a career in law.

The competition takes place between 6-8pm, starting with a training session, where you will be taught all about mooting. The schedule for the 2021 competition is as follows:

Thursday 28 January, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Mooting training session

Thursday 4 February, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Mock round 

Thursday 11 February, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: First round 

Thursday 18 February, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Quarter Final

Thursday 25 February, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Semi Final

Thursday TBC date in March, between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Final, which is judged by a Supreme Court Justice

We also require participants to attend preparation sessions on Tuesday evenings in a 30 minute slot between 6-8pm.

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Apply now:

The competition is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential. We will be accepting 18 A-Level students on to this project, but a waiting list of students will be operated in the early stage of the competition and waiting list students will be invited to the moot training session. 

 

To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 14 January 2021. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: info@bigvoicelondon.co.uk.

 

Given the limited number of spaces, we encourage early and well thought-out applications! 

"An Introduction to the Legal System" in association with the UK Supreme Court

(April - May)

 

Overview:

The Introduction to the Legal System programme gives students a chance to look at a case which was recently heard in the Supreme Court. Participants will review the decision made by the court, before coming to their own conclusions and writing a report outlining their thoughts and giving their own judgments. The project also gives the participants the opportunity to learn about the work of the Supreme Court - the highest court in England and Wales - and to engage with cutting edge legal policy, while at the same time learning about the role of our legal system more broadly.

The focus of this year's project is to be confirmed.

The schedule for the project is as follows:

Thursday 22 April, 6-8pm via Zoom: An introductory lecture, explaining the basics of the English Legal System

Thursday 29 April, 6-8pm via Zoom: A lecture on the relevant areas of law 

Thursday 6 May, 6-8pm via Zoom: A panel talk by the legal professionals providing insight into the Supreme Court case

Thursday 13 May, 6-8pm via Zoom: A workshop to test the students' knowledge and report writing session

Thursday 20 May, 6-8pm via Zoom: Further report writing session

Saturday 22 May, 11pm: Deadline to submit report

 

Tuesday 25 May, 6-8pm via Zoom: Speech preparation session ahead of final event

Thursday 27 May, 6-8pm via Zoom: Final event. The best three students will present their thoughts about the case to a panel of legal professionals.

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Apply now:

The project is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential. 
 
To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 8 April.

Radcliffe Chambers Student Barrister Experience

(July)

"Amazing two days. Thank you so much... I have gained a lifetime's worth of knowledge that I believe will help me go a long way." - Feedback from a student who participated in 2018.

Are you interested in learning more about a career as a barrister? Would you like to participate in interactive workshops on business, property and wealth disputes? Do you want the opportunity to visit court or to try out advocacy for yourself? 

Once again, Radcliffe Chambers is partnering with Big Voice London on its award winning* two-day legal work experience programme for Year 12 students! The programme aims to inspire and support young people considering a career in law, in an interactive, friendly and thought provoking environment. Participants will gain insight into the working lives of barristers specialising in business and private wealth disputes, as well as receive practical advice on pursuing a career as a barrister.

Feedback from 2018's student participants includes:

- "I enjoyed the contracts workshop because it made me realise how relevant contracts are to my everyday life and it was a very interactive session."

- "The advocacy workshop was particularly interesting as we got to act out different scenarios and mention the different grounds that applied to different situations."

- "It was a very good experience to have a mock interview and I am grateful for the experience overall. I have gained extensive knowledge."

What you'll cover:

During the two days, students will learn about the legal profession and routes into law, take part in interactive lessons on a variety of legal topics, visit local courts to watch barristers and judges at work, participate in an advocacy workshop and practice interview skills in a one-on-one mock interview session with a barrister.

Each participant will be paired with a barrister mentor, whom they will be encouraged to contact for feedback, support and advice throughout their continuing education. 

Dates and location: Dates TBC in July 2021, Radcliffe Chambers, 11 New Square, London, WC2A 3QB

How to apply:

The programme is open to Year 12 students. Participants will be state school students, who are eligible for free school meals. 

The programme is completely free of charge.

To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here.

Other information about Radcliffe Chambers:

Radcliffe Chambers is a leading barristers' chambers with expertise in business and private client disputes and advisory matters. They are committed to creating an inclusive workplace and increasing the diversity of the legal profession. For more information go to: http://www.radcliffechambers.com/

*Winner of the Bar Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018

Summer School, in association with

Linklaters LLP

(August)

 

Overview:

We are inviting students to take part in our Summer School. Your task during the course of the Summer School will be to critique the current law in a specific area and voice your opinion on whether it should be reformed. In previous years we have looked at fracking, the right to be forgotten, the gig economy, law and tech and most recently white collar crime.

The project will run every evening at Linklaters' offices on Silk Street in London from 6-8pm during the first week of August. During the sessions we will give you the opportunity to engage with the law and covering this topic through workshops and guest lectures from experts in the area. Throughout this experience we aim to improve your communication, reasoning, research, presentation and critical thinking skills.

 

Apply now:

 

The project is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential.  To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here.

Model Law Commission

(October - December)

Overview:

The Model Law Commission is a three-month long project that provides A-Level students with the chance to simulate the work of the Law Commission. We split the pool of students into four groups, each tasked with the reform of one of the following areas of law: (1) Family, Trusts or Land Law; (2) Criminal Law; (3) Commercial and Common Law; or (4) Public Law. From October to December, students undertake a five-stage process: research, formulating recommendations, consulting with their peers, reporting on their proposals and devising their legislation.

 

Each year, the Model Law Commission begins with a two-day conference, which is kindly hosted by the University of Law, Moorgate. It is over the course of these two days that students are introduced to their respective topics by experts in the field who come from all over the country to speak to them. The young people then take that information and over the following weeks discuss reform ideas with each other, their Group Leaders and their peers. Finally, in late November, individuals from the Law Commission itself visit our students and advise on the difficulties in reforming the law and how to write a law reform report. The project then concludes with a final event in Parliament in December or early January.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the way law works in the UK, the way it is made and changed and in fair access to justice for everyone, then you are strongly encouraged to apply.

The project will take place between October and December 2021.

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Apply now:

The project is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential. 
 
To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here.

Morning mentoring sessions with legal professionals

(Fornightly thorughout the year)

Overview:

We offer fortnightly morning mentoring sessions to A-Level students. The sessions are an opportunity to ask questions. on a range of topics including tips on applying for university and guidance on pursuing a career in law. 

The sessions take place between 9:30 and 10:30am every other Saturday. At the moment, the sessions are being run via Zoom and so non-fee paying students from across England and Wales are welcome to apply.

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Apply now:

The mentoring is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential. We will be accepting a maximum of 10 A-Level students per session and a waiting list of students will be operated for those that don't immediately obtain a place.

To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: info@bigvoicelondon.co.uk.

Given the limited number of spaces, we encourage early and well thought-out applications! 

Virtual Work Experience Programme with Schillings International LLP

(March)

Overview:

Are you interested in learning more about a career as a lawyer, intelligence expert, cyber specialist or risk consultant? Would you like to participate in interactive workshops on the work of a legal team, an intelligence team and a cyber team? Do you want the opportunity to gain an insight into how these teams work under one law firm? If you said yes to any of these questions then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

For the first time, Schillings is partnering with Big Voice London to provide a work experience programme for Year 12 and Year 13 students. The programme aims to provide young people with an insight into the work of Schillings’ various departments and will include workshops on:

  1. the work of the legal team;

  2. the intelligence team;

  3. the critical risk and cyber team;

  4. the clients and markets team;

  5. plus a careers workshop on CV writing, interview skills and personal branding!

The programme will run online across multiple evenings, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, during the weeks commencing 1st March 2021 and 8th March 2021.

Apply now:

The project is completely free of charge, and all applications remain confidential. In 2021, due to coronavirus, we are taking applications from students outside of London and welcome applications from students at schools across England and Wales.

To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 7pm on Friday 5th February 2021.

Other information about Schillings International LLP:

Schillings is a law firm with a difference, which specialises in protecting its clients’ privacy, data rights, security and reputations. Entirely unique, Schillings deploys under one roof lawyers, intelligence experts, investigators, cyber specialists, risk consultants and top people from the military, banking and government. For more information go to: https://www.schillingspartners.com/

Big Voice London is a registered charity in England and Wales (1169238)

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