CLAW

Critical lawyers at Warwick 

About us

Critical Lawyers At Warwick is a project run by undergraduate students and academics at the Centre for Critical Legal Studies. The project helps students engage critically with how law operates and with the legal profession. It emphasises the various modes of doing law that interrupt systemic injustice and structural inequality.

At the heart of our work are the principles of mutual support and allyship between academics and students at Warwick. CLAW aims to support students as they find their voice. It builds solidaristic relations by breaking down boundaries between staff and students. CLAW focuses on building common projects like publications and events. But it also aims to make space for student activism within and beyond the Warwick Law School.

Law Student Blog

CLAW at Browne Jacobson

CLAW at Browne Jacobson

On Monday the 21st of January, a group of 35 Warwick students visited the firm Browne Jacobson in their Birmingham offices for an open evening organised by the CLAW Medical law team. Browne Jacobson is a full service National Law firm with offices in Nottingham,...

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Infographic: Alternative Law Careers

Infographic: Alternative Law Careers

A member of CLAW Warwick has conducted a survey to see what Warwick students are most interested in the areas of law. After receiving 163 responses, we have created an infographic to summarise the result of the survey.

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Activities

Critical Legal Pocketbook

We publish the Critical Lawyers Pocketbook. This is a groundbreaking guide for law students with entries from the foremost critical legal theorists on the subjects studied in your law degree. Every two to three years it will be refreshed with new entries. Published by Counterpress, it will be in paperback and a pay-what-you-can ebook.

Alternative Career Events

One of the primary aims of CLAW is to help students to develop pathways into legal and non-legal careers that focus on addressing injustice and conflict. We run events with barristers, solicitors, advocacy groups and international organisations. We welcome students who would like to organise these events or who just want to attend them. 

Mentors & Internships

We are developing a network of alumni and supporters who can offer mentorship to students with particular interests. This is a work in progress, so why not join and help us build this project.

Alongside this, we have developed a directory of internships. The group can help you think about applications and read drafts

Radical Mooting

Radical mooting is about creatively disrupting the hierarchies and biases of the courtroom. We are interested in unveiling how these hierarchies and biases are reproduced, from questioning the dominant form of law, to the more mundane questioning of dress and demeanour in the courtroom. 

We explore radical mooting practices which prepare law students to further anti-imperial, feminist, and anti-capitalist action?

Reading Group & CRASH Courses

With the Centre for Critical Legal Studies, we run a critical texts reading group. We read a short work of classic social, legal or political theory in advance and then spend an hour discussing the issues involved. Everyone is welcome. 

We also run a series of CRASH courses where researchers introduce you to questions at the cutting edge of their field of study. We can help student develop research groups, working on new research projects with faculty. 

Blog & Film Club

Our blog has been running for a number of years, and welcomes contributions from students from all walks of life. We are happy to work with you to develop your publishing style, and subjects that you might to consider.

In non-covid times, we run a film club in the Law Hub (with screening and discussions). This cannot happen at the moment, unfortunately, although we are exploring the possibility of watching films together virtually. 

Join CLAW

You can sign up here to recieve occasional emails about CLAW’s events, meetings and other activities. We promise not to send very many emails. You can follow us on facebook and instagram and the Centre for Critical Legal Studies on Twitter.