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Pro bono charity LawWorks has made a nationwide appeal for nominations for its fourth annual student awards ceremony.
The event has been designed to recognise students and law schools that have made an exceptional contribution to pro bono work in the UK and abroad.
As an added bonus to being publicly recognised for their work, winners will get the chance to meet the Attorney General Baroness Scotland who will present them with their awards at the ceremony in 31 March.
Awards organiser and LawWorks head of projects Martin Curtis, said that it is vital that all nominations are in by the 30 January 2009 deadline.
Its great to see that students will be recognised for their pro bono work as well as law schools. We had such a great response last year that we have actually opened the competition up to accept nominations from the whole of the UK instead of just England and Wales like previously.
The following prize categories are open for nominations: Best Contribution by an Individual Student; Best Contribution by a Law School; Best Contribution by a Team of Students; and Best Pro Bono Activity.
Last year Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre won the Best New Pro Bono Activity prize and University of Kent law student Taymour Keen picked up the award for Best Contribution by an Individual. College of Law (CoL), meanwhile, scooped the gong for Best Contribution by a Team of Students for its Chinese Information and Advice Centre.
Finally, the University of Northumbria topped the Best Contribution by a Law School category beating off fierce competition from the universities of Manchester, Warwick and the CoL.
The awards are open to all students and law schools and the winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges including, editor of Lawyer 2B, Husnara Begum.
The closing date for nominations is 30 January 2009 and nomination forms can be downloaded from the LawWorks website lawworks.org.uk.
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