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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.

We offer the following programmes each academic year:

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

2. Mooting Competition - January to February

3. Introduction to the Legal System - March to April

4. Radcliffe Chambers Student Barrister Experience - July

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

6. Middle Temple Lectures - Various dates

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

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 schedule for the project is as follows:

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019, 10am – 4pm both days, at the University of Law in Moorgate: Introductory lectures

 

Thursday 24 October 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Preparing questions for guest speakers

Thursday 31 October 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Q&A panel with guest speakers

Thursday 7 November 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Preparing survey to send out to peers

Thursday 14 November 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Reviewing survey results and discussing

Thursday 21 November 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Talk from the Law Commission and report writing

Thursday 28 November 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Report writing

 

Thursday 5 December 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Report writing

 

Friday 6 December 2019: Deadline for submission of group report

 

Thursday 12 December 2019, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Speech practicing session

 

Final event date TBC.

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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.

 

 

 

Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court

(January - February)

 

Overview:

We are once again offering 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 will begin on Wednesday 8 January 2020 between 6-8pm at the University of Law, Moorgate, London, with a training session, where you will be taught all about mooting. The schedule for the competition is as follows:

Thursday 16 January 2020, 6-8pm, at the University of Law, Moorgate: A mock moot round: You will be given the chance to test your mooting skills in a practice round. No one can get knocked out of the competition in this round.

Thursday 23 January 2020, 6-8pm, at the University of Law, Moorgate: Round One: 18 teams take part in 9 moots. This round will be judged by undergraduate and postgraduate law students.

Thursday 30 January 2020, 6-8pm, at the University of Law, Moorgate: Quarter Final: 12 teams take part in 6 moots. This round will be judged by legal professionals.

Thursday 6 February 2020, 6-8pm, at the University of Law, Moorgate: Semi Final: 8 teams take part in 4 moots. This round will be judged by legal professionals.

Date TBC in the week commencing 10 February 2020, 6-8pm, at the UK Supreme Court: Final: 2 teams take part in 1 moot. This round will be judged by a UK Supreme Court Justice.

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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. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: applications@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

(March - April)

 

Overview:

The Introduction to the Legal System programme will give 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 will also give 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 schedule for the project is as follows:

Thursday 27 February 2020, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: An introductory lecture, explaining the basics of the English Legal System

Thursday 5 March 2020, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: A lecture by a university academic on the relevant area of law 

Thursday 12 March 2020, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: A panel talk by the legal professionals providing insight into the Supreme Court case

Thursday 19 March 2020, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: A workshop to test the students' knowledge and report writing session

Thursday 26 March 2020, 6-8pm at the University of Law in Moorgate: Speech preparation session ahead of final event at the Supreme Court

Date TBC week commencing 30 March 2020, 6-8pm: Final event at the Supreme Court. The students will have the chance to take a tour around the Supreme Court and 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.

 

 

 

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 2020, 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 week of 10 August - 14 August 2020. 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.

 

 

Middle Temple Guest Lectures

 

Overview:

 

We are currently taking applications for places at Middle Temple Events. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to Call students to the Bar. 

 

We have been offered a limited number of places for A-Level students to attend the lectures, which will take place in Middle Temple Hall in London (full address: Middle Temple Ln, Temple, London EC4Y 9BT).

 

The lecture we current have places for is on:

 

4 November, between 5:30-8pm. The topic of this lecture is to be confirmed. To apply for a place, please make an application here

 

Apply now:

 

The lectures are completely free of charge. You may apply for one or more of the lectures. Applications close a week prior to each lecture taking place.

 

Media and Entertainment Law

Careers Evening


Would you like to know more about becoming a media and entertainment lawyer?

 

Big Voice London has partnered with NBCUniversal and Carter-Ruck to offer our students an opportunity to gain insight into the work of an entertainment and media lawyer, as well as receive practical advice on pursuing a career in the area.

 

The event is free of charge, and all applications remain confidential.  To apply, please complete a brief application form by clicking here.  The deadline for the submission of applications is 10.00 pm on Friday 25 October 2019.

 

Date:   Tuesday 5 November 2019

Time:   6:30pm to 8:30pm, 

Venue: NBCUniversal, 1 St Giles High St, London, WC2H 8NU.

 

NBCUniversal is a mass media corporation owned by Comcast and headquartered in New York. Primarily involved in the media and entertainment industry, they own and operate a valuable portfolio. This notably includes news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses.

 

Carter-Ruck is one of the UK’s best known Media and Reputation Management law firms.  They have unrivalled expertise in advising individuals, companies and other organisations who find themselves subject to adverse or intrusive media or online interest, whether in defamation (libel and slander), privacy, breach of confidence, Data Protection or harassment. Their media lawyers are widely regarded as the leading specialists in reputation management and privacy, both before and after publication of unwanted material.  Carter-Ruck’s clients range from prominent individuals, UK and global UHNWs, celebrities, governments, heads of state and other political figures, multinational companies, business people, as well as commercial entities, global charities and NGOs, all of who place a premium on their right to reputation and privacy. 

 

The event will include:

 

  • A panel discussion with speakers from both NBCUniversal and Carter-Ruck, who will discuss their media and entertainment law career paths and the difference between working in-house (NBCUniversal) and in a private practice law firm (Carter-Ruck);

  • “Speed Networking” event, which will give students an opportunity to speak to the lawyers in smaller group;

  • Casual networking drinks and canape reception.