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News 2018-2019

2018 was a busy year! Scroll down our timeline to read about what we got up to and get an idea of what our Pro Bono Society is about! 


February 2019

Royal Courts of Justice Trip

The Howard League for Penal Reform hosted a trip to the Royal Courts of Justice!

Venetian Masked Ball

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For the first time in Pro Bono history, we are running a Charity Venetian Masked Ball; working with ELSA Nottingham to raise money for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Law Works.

February 2019

We are always trying to engage with students in new ways. The Students' Union's initiative this year has changed to a 'try it' initiative. 

Refreshers Week

February 2019

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At University of Nottingham Pro Bono Society, we are dedicated to fundraising for various causes, come to our raffle and bake sale!

Christmas Fair

December 2018

The warmth collection was a brand new initiative this year in conjunction with the Student Union's Festive Fortnight to donate warm clothing to the Women's Centre in Nottingham.

Warmth Collection

December 2018

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For the first time in Pro Bono history we partnered with the Brazilian and Portuguese society for a Christmas Ice Skating Social with a donation from each ticket going to the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Law

Ice Skating Social

December 2018

We introduced a brand new initiative this year: our Pro Bono Society jumpers and t-shirts, trying to ensure all of our volunteers look the part when on volunteering trips on and off of campus. 

Jumpers and T-shirts

November 2018

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Mentoring Scheme Launch

November 2018

For the first time, the Pro Bono Society launched its own External Mentoring Scheme, pairing students with solicitors, barristers and those working within the legal sphere.


Unlocked Careers talk

November 2018

For the first time, Unlocked Grduates visited the University to talk specifically to our Pro Bono members. 

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November 2018

Meet the future trainees Panel

As in previous years, we ran a 'Meet the Future Trainees' Panel event. This year, however, we collaborated with the University of Nottingham Law Society and the University of Nottingham Commercial Awareness Society!

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For several years now, Mark Mullins has been visiting us at the University of Nottingham as part of our Howard League for Penal Reform's calendar.

Mark Mullins Talk

November 2018

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We've appointed our First Year Rep and Fundraising Rep Appointed!


November 2018

To raise some money for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Law Works, our first fundraiser was a spooky Halloween Movie Night, showing Insidious!

Halloween Movie Night

October 2018

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Frances Crook Talk

October 2018

Frances Crook is the CEO of the Howard League of Penal Reform. For the past few years, she has been visiting us and giving an in depth talk about the current penal and justice system, as well as her ideas for reform. 

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Negotiation Competition Lauch


The negotiation competition is sponsored by BCLP again this year. Thank you to BCLP for their continuing support!

October 2018


October 2018

Freshers Food Crawl

For the first time, the society ran a separate social event for the Freshers and other years, to enable them to get to know people and feel more comfortable. 

October 2018

Safeguarding training

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Before the closing of applications to take part in both OutLAW and Aspire, students had to attend a safeguarding session run by the University of Nottingham's Outreach Team. 

October 2018

The welcome event broke all Pro Bono history records, with nearly 300 students attending. 

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Welcome Presentation

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