David Wilson is president of the University of East Anglia’s law society
How many members do you have and do you admit non-law students?
We have about 400 members and we are open to both law and non-law students.
How many people are on the law society committee?
There are 19 people on the committee, including me.
What is your main aim for the society?
I think the most urgent issue that we need to solve is to get more non-law students involved with the society. Non-law students are essential to the society as they form a larger and more diverse membership and we can be useful in providing the skills they will need in the future, considering that law firms are now recruiting them because they offer something different.
I am trying to attract non-law students via email and social media. I think our Facebook page is the best way of contacting both members and non-members of the student law society as anyone can access it.
What are the challenges you face as president of the law society?
There is always going to be the challenge of getting firms to travel to the university and provide workshops to develop employability and careers skills. A workshop might only last two hours but add on the time it takes to travel to Norwich and it means that a firm loses a day of a lawyer’s time.
What events do you hold?
Socially, we do trips abroad, nights out and our spring and Christmas balls. We also hold workshops on topics like negotiation and client interviewing and we practise mooting.
Which organisations support you?
We get around £6,000 in funding every year. Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co, Norton Rose Fulbright and the University of Law are some of the organisations which support us.
Which social media channels are you on?
We have a Facebook page and we are on Twitter too.