Centre for Law at Work: University of Bristol


The Centre for law at work
is a really special place, and it’s special because of the people. We’ve got a leading group of academics working in the field of
labour law and work law, and I think now it has a
world-leading reputation. I’m thrilled to be
working with colleagues who are so well-known in their fields. They are actively sought after, both in academia, and beyond. And that makes for a
great learning experience. We are the envy of other universities, where often only one or two
labour lawyers operating alone, we have this really rich and
diverse research culture, where we can bounce ideas off each other, where we can learn from each other. It’s quite unusual. Really the purpose of forming a center was to use that
critical mass of scholars that we have, to project forward, and enable us to cover the entire gamut of the world of work, and
offer a range of courses that reflect all of our
different research interests. You’ve got people who
are doing theoretical work, who are redefining their field, but then there’s people who
are working practically. Arguing the most important
employment law case of the day in the Supreme Court. We focus on current issues. We’re interested in the gig economy, and the protection of workers within that. We’re interested in the
MeToo Harassment movement. And so what we teach our
students is alive and current. We hope to foster students that have a strong
sense of social justice, that can go on to make positive changes in terms of policy and law. You’re not only going to be
taught on technical issues, you’re going to be also taught
on theology, on philosophy, and other things that underlie and explain common law as a whole, so you’re going to get a deep understanding. The student would have a rival access to expertise, but also to a wider group of networks in the legal profession, in
international organisations, and in many other organisations, and I think that makes us unique. These are not courses that are very narrowly focused on law and legal method. They bring to bear a whole
range of different disciplines to explore the world of
work and its regulation. The qualification from Bristol in this center really
will open many doors. So you could go into legal practice as a solicitor, as a barrister. You could go into NGO
work, you could also do policy work, governmental work, politics, you know, the door is open, really, and the world is yours.

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