MULS, or Manchester University Law Society to give its full name, is one of the largest student run societies at the University of Manchester (UM), which is itself the largest university in the UK by student enrolment. MULS is one of the cornerstones of Manchester’s vibrant law undergraduate scene and a key organisation for law firms looking to recruit budding graduates for training contracts and paralegal roles.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of MULS is that it is student run and student led. A Committee is elected annually which is responsible for all major sponsors and events. A fierce streak of independence runs through the organisation; the stiff and vocal opposition mounted by MULS to a proposed 33% reduction in lecture hours in 2010 was successfully opposed, causing the plans to be postponed.
If you are a student involved in law, politics or criminology at UM, the chances are that you are a member of MULS. All incoming undergraduates are encouraged to sign up to MULS on enrolment, with membership being touted as providing a discount for the variety of social events organised by MULS throughout the academic year. Take it from this UM alumnus – these events are not to be missed!
However, MULS offers much more beyond cheap nights out. A quick look at the MULS website reveals that no less than 17 law firms (including Gateley) sponsor MULS, in addition to The University of Law and BPP Law School. These links are a two way street. MULS events are sponsored by these law firms in return for increased access to legal undergraduates MULS represents.
By hosting MULS-exclusive presentations and events, the law firms not only give themselves the edge in recruiting from one of the largest law undergraduate bodies in the country, but also provide the students themselves with vital opportunities to meet and network with key representatives of the sponsor firms. Early connections made at such events can pay off handsomely when applications for training contracts and vacation scheme placements are considered.
MULS also offers more direct means of enhancing members’ CVs. Work placements, legal advice centre opportunities and mooting competitions are amongst the many extra curricular activities that MULS organises to give its members’ a boost when it comes to making applications. The best thing that can be said for MULS is that very few members finish their three or four year undergraduate degrees with a ‘plain’ CV!