Enhance your experience

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Choosing your degree is just the start. At Leeds there are many opportunities to enhance your time at university with a raft of societies, volunteering, work experience, and options for a global outlook for you to get involved with.

Take a look at just some of the exciting possibilities available to you below:

Clubs and societies

Leeds University Union (LUU) clubs and societies provide an opportunity to meet new people and discover something new or continue an interest. With over 300 groups to choose from, you’re sure to find something at which excites you; from journalism to skydiving; rock gospel choir to film; student radio to conservation; books to real ale; and campaigning groups to sign language.

There is also a dedicated Law Society (LawSoc) and Criminal Justice Society (CrimSoc) which work closely with the School to help you get the most out of your time with us.

CrimSoc host socials, prison visits and have their own sports teams. They also run the Restorative Conference which invites speakers including MPs, ex-offenders and victim support officers.

LawSoc will give you the opportunity to get involved with mooting in the School's Moot Court Room, debating and networking. It also has its own sports team and organises trips and socials such as quiz nights or even trips to European cities like Budapest.

There is also BarSoc, which brings together students who would like to be a barrister, and Lawyers Without Borders Leeds Student Division for those interested in international law and human rights.

Community engagement

The School of Law and the University has a range of opportunities for you to get involved with and help the local community. Volunteering your time can be a great way not only to give something back to your local community, but to also broaden your skillset.

The School of Law offers a number of community engagement opportunities, open to all, which allow you to work pro-bono and put your legal and criminal justice knowledge into practice.

The Careers Service has a dedicated volunteering team which sources volunteering opportunities within local organisations for our students and also organises an annual volunteering fair in the autumn.

Work experience

Whether through a year in industry or a shorter-term internship, work experience will help you stand out to future employers. It's an opportunity to prepare you for the world of work and help you decide what kind of career you might like when you graduate.

Find out about all the work experience opportunities available.

Enterprising opportunities

Got a business idea? Our business start-up service Spark can help you grow your ideas into a viable project.

Through Spark, you’ll have access to business advice, enterprise events, workshops, networking and mentoring, as well as the use of professional office space and meeting rooms on campus.

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a brilliant way to broaden your horizons and change your perspective personally and academically. It can also help you stand out to employers and potentially prepare you for an international career.

Find out more about your options for spending time studying abroad.

Global community

At Leeds you'll be part of a vibrant international community of staff and students, which brings many personal, academic and future professional benefits to all of us. Whether you are a UK, EU or international student you can develop language skills, take part in international groups, undertake intercultural work and volunteering or just enjoy some of the fantastic events throughout the year.

Find out more about the opportunities available to you as part of our global community.

Your School community

You can get involved with your School community by becoming an ambassador and mentoring a fellow student or representing your peers. You can become an ambassador to promote student engagement, mentor your peers and represent your coursemates as a student course representative.

Heather Bradbury BA Criminal Justice and Criminology

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“The course society has been a particular highlight; CrimSoc. Being a part of a society with people interested in the same things as you, organising prison trips, socials and even a Summer Ball with the lecturers in June.”
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