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Working at Coventry University

Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Coventry Law Centre Legal Clinic

Our Legal Clinic, in partnership with the Coventry Law Centre, provides students with a powerful professional element to their learning.

The aim of the clinic is to provide practical legal experience by integrating our students in an office environment, working with clients alongside trained solicitors and lawyers.

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Our students get involved with everything that the solicitors do at the Law Centre with supervisors who are currently working in practice and experts in specific areas of law. They get hands-on-experience doing reserved legal activities, providing supervised advice and assistance to more than 500 local residents so far.


Professional transformation

From being a student in lectures to providing legal advice, the Clinic offers exciting work experience every Wednesday, which is valuable for any students studying a Law degree.

With direct access to clients, this enables students to develop skills such as:

  • Communicating with and interviewing clients
  • Drafting claims
  • Problem-solving
  • Understanding applications of employment law
  • Telephone advice calls
  • Dealing with the emotions of a client
  • And growing confidence!

Our students get involved with everything that the solicitors do at the Law Centre with supervisors who are currently working in practice and experts in specific areas of law.

We are helping Coventry Law Centre empower local people by promoting legal solutions. Each week the Clinic will see 6 clients, so over the semesters the clinic will help up to 120 clients! 

It is an opportunity for students to get great experience for furthering their education with postgraduate study, and for applying for work experience and vacation schemes.  

There are opportunities for extra placements outside of the clinic hours, where students can practice draft claims, schedules of loss and bundle claims.

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Working with a Magic Circle Law Firm

And if that’s still not enough professional experience, Allen and Overy Solicitors – a leading multinational magic circle law firm – are taking part in a pilot scheme with our Clinic to offer our students advice and guidance.

The pro bono department lawyers are on call during the Wednesday afternoon clinic sessions to work exclusively with our students and Coventry University.

With 44 offices in 31 countries, this link provides international benefits for any budding solicitors!


How can students get involved?

Each year 12-15 students are recruited from 2nd and 3rd year, who are prepared for a yearlong commitment to the Clinic.

The recruitment process includes writing an essay, CV and covering letter, and an interview process to introduce the employment procedure to our students.

For more information please contact: aa9910@coventry.ac.uk


Vyara Yordanova - International Law LLB

Vyara-Law-StudentI thought this would be the best opportunity for me to gain insight of employment law and apply it into practice, challenge myself and learn more. Before I even started at the clinic, the application process itself definitely helped! I have learnt different techniques of how to write applications and CVs, as well as what questions usually come up in an interview and how to effectively answer those questions to sell myself in the best possible way.


Working with Allen & Overy is unbelievable! The chance to collaborate with solicitors from one of the biggest city law firms with such a global reach on the market is just WOW.  I think I am lucky to be able to get involved with the Law Centre at the time when they established a ‘pro-bono partnership’ with Allen & Overy. Many students could only dream of having the opportunity to learn from such a firm.


Working in the Law Centre rather than a lecture hall reminds you that you’re definitely out there in the big world having to overcome challenges and find solutions to problems. At University, I usually learn about the theoretical side of the law but working in the Legal Clinic means I’m providing a service to clients. It is fascinating to see how lawyers think and how they apply the law according to the client’s circumstances.


I could describe helping out the local community in two words: happiness and satisfaction! Knowing that I am in a position to help others brings me a very positive energy – I hope the people I helped also appreciate my efforts!