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Volunteering in the Wider Community

There are many ways you can offer your time to volunteer within the wider profession, as well as at the Inn. We have listed below a range of interesting and worthwhile initiatives, in which members may interested. This list is not exhaustive but provides an overview of various external volunteering opportunities available to members.

Bar in the Community

Bar in the Community channels the interest of barristers and other legal professionals who wish to serve the community by using their skills in a different way. This allows voluntary organisations to tap into the numerous skills and experience which these individuals can bring.

Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation offers an Aspiring Professionals programme which takes place across major UK cities. Opportunities to get involved in the scheme range from becoming a mentor or providing an internship, to speaking at outreach events.

Bridging the Bar

Bridging the Bar aims to improve access to the Bar for aspiring barristers from underrepresented backgrounds. Both self-employed and employed barristers can volunteer to provide work experience or shadowing opportunities for aspiring barristers.

The Free Representation Unit

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) helps those in society who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford lawyers. Their work is undertaken by volunteers; mostly law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career. All of the FRU’s representatives are trained and supervised by legal officers.