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Student Societies

Here at Northumbria we endeavour to make sure you have the best student experience. To help achieve this, there are a range of student societies to get involved with during your time at Northumbria.

Debating Society

Do you LOVE to ARGUE?

Then join Northumbria Debating Society!

We run debating workshops every Tuesday at 6pm in lecture theatre 003 at Northumbria Law School followed by drinks in the SU! We also host guest debates and internal competitions and travel to national competitions. Training is provided for all levels of ability.

Taking part in debates is a great way to improve confidence and, of course, public speaking skills. In fact, the very skills many law firms and employers look for on your CV.

Members also have the opportunity to pass on the skills they learn to children in local schools through the Northumbria Schools Debating Competition. This is a really worthwhile scheme that helps children who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in debates.


Twitter: @NSUdebating


Grey Society

Currently standing at over 300 members from all year groups, the Grey Society is the largest law society at Northumbria.  Our key aim is to make you a more employable law student.

Our activities are very varied.  The annual Pitcher and Piano networking event brings legal professionals from all over the area to meet our members.  We also take our members on trips to the large firms such as Eversheds.   Our end of year ball is the highlight of our calendar with live music and formal dress.  A new venture is the regular showing by the Society through the Law School of law related films.

Our activities are aimed at increasing your enjoyment of studying law and your contact with firms and with legal professionals – all to help make obtaining a Training Contract or pupillage that little bit easier.

Membership costs just £4.  We hope to see you soon.

Facebook: The Grey Society

Human Rights Society

Want to make a difference at university?

The Human Rights Society campaigns for human rights around the world to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. We also fundraise for Amnesty International and other charities/local organisations.

We meet every Monday during term from 6pm in Training Room 1 of the Students’ Union.

Past events have included:

  • Meeting Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty 
  • Speakers from Amnesty International, Freedom from Torture North East, East Area Asylum Seekers Support Group, David Gray Solicitors, West End Refugee Service
  • Sleepout for Destitution – we slept in The Quad outside the SU from 6pm till 6am to raise money for the East Area Asylum Seekers Support Group  
  • Selling of white peace poppies for Armistice Day 2012, all proceeds went to War Child (
  • Film screenings

Join us!

Only £3.00 to join at the welcome desk of the SU or for an extra 50p here:  

Contact us:

Twitter: @NSUHRs


MARS – Mooting, Advocacy, Research Skills

If you would like to improve your advocacy and research skills, gain a little more confidence or just moot for fun, then the MARS society is here to help. This society is designed to assist students with advocacy and research through large group sessions and mooting leagues. The tailored leagues for your year of study will not only be a useful way of revision but also help put the law that you study into practice.

Members will be divided into firms of 3 or 4 students and will be set a number of challenges that integrate with their modules. This means that even if you don’t see yourself as a mooter, there may be a role for you in researching or drafting for your assigned firm.

On top of being great to put on your C.V and an opportunity to meet and socialise with other students, there will also be awards for the top firms of each year. So, whether you’re a Law student or not, there are benefits in this society for everyone.

This society will launch in September 2013 and if you would like to become a member please email  

Mock Trial Society

Northumbria University’s Mock Trial Society is independent from the Students' Union. The society is ran by law students for law students. The society aims to further understanding of courtroom etiquette and procedure with the opportunity to practice advocacy in front of guest judges.

We meet every second Thursday in order to follow the first year seminar cycle. The atmosphere is relaxed and completely informal. We usually follow our sessions with a drink, a pizza, and karaoke in the SU.

For information or if you would like to become a member please .  

Student Law Think Tank

The Student Law Think Tank is primarily involved in responding to consultation papers put forward by government bodies such as the Law Commission on areas of law reform that students feel passionate about. Other activities of the Think Tank involve organising guest lectures on areas of law that are being or need to be developed and to suggest reform to government officials on areas of law where there is not yet an open consultation. This society is an opportunity for students to use their voice and express their opinions in the policy making process within the UK.


Woolf Society

The Woolf Society is a mooting society. It has been set up by Northumbria Law students and has been designed to be a unique platform to expand skills throughout mooting and advocacy for our members. The running of regular workshops, guest lectures and social events hopes to give members the chance to really expand their knowledge of the legal world. The name of the society seemed an obvious choice having studied Lord Woolf’s impressive career and having a joint admiration for his work with Alternative Dispute Resolution and contribution to the legal professions as a whole. This coupled with his links to Newcastle made him the perfect choice for our society. Throughout the year the Woolf Society will organise social events where members are able meet members of the legal profession and other society members.

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