Collaboration with the Student Law Office

It has been a busy start to the year for Entrepreneurial Business Management students – and we were delighted to welcome students from the Student Law Office to take part in our internal Generator Session at the Northern Design Centre.

Lucy Hatt (EBM Programme Leader) and Victoria Gleason (SLO Module Leader) organised a collaborative Generator Session on Wednesday October 26th 2016.  Final year Law students from the SLO joined students from the Entrepreneurial Business Management programme to work together on problems and opportunities sourced from the EBM student business projects.

The Student Law Office is a hugely successful clinical legal education scheme whereby law students participate in a legal advice and representation scheme on behalf of clients as part of their academic and professional development. The service is run as a full legal service just like any other firm of solicitors. Practising lawyers closely supervise the students’ work and have overall responsibility for ensuring that clients receive a professional service.

Northumbria University received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the outstanding community work of its Student Law Office. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is the highest form of national recognition for higher and further education open to a UK academic institution, and is given in recognition of work judged to be of outstanding excellence and with positive impact.  The Entrepreneurial Business Management programme was delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with the students working in the SLO.

The Entrepreneurial Business Management programme is one of a small number of undergraduate programmes in the UK incorporating venture creation as part of the curriculum.  Students learn business by doing business. Generator Sessions run as part of the programme four times a year for the entire programme group (all years together).  They offer a chance to show off key strengths, network across the programme, showcase learning, and to apply learning to real business situations.  It is a combination of brainstorming, problem solving and presenting.

The problems and opportunities addressed included:

  • Marketing a consultancy service and improving the efficiency of the sales process
  • Distribution channels for clothing business
  • Communicating a product concept

The business students found the contribution of the law students really valuable; one commented, “Today was really fun as well as informative.  I feel like I learnt a lot from the external people that came in, as well as learning more about each other.”

The law students also thought the session was a great success one commenting “everyone seemed to benefit from this session, both business and law students” and adding “it allowed [her] to consider different issues which may arise when dealing with a business”.generator-session-with-slo-26th-oct-2016