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The definitive guide to university law balls

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It’s that time of year again…

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For some uni students, the much-awaited law ball is the highlight of the social calendar.

So, with law ball season fast approaching, we had a chat to some of the students entrusted with the unenviable task of putting on the spectacle, to find out exactly what their university has to offer.

University of Cambridge

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Ticket price: £90 for law society members, £105 for non-members

What you get
: transport to and from Greenwich, a drinks reception, a meal, a photographer, entertainment including acrobat performances and magic, a silent disco, and massages.

Fun fact
: this year’s law ball came to a bit of a messy end when a coach transporting students clipped a bus stop, reportedly smashing the bus’s glass.

University of Bristol

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Ticket price: £40 with dinner, £20 without

What you get: it depends on the theme, but staples include access to a photo booth, a drink on entry, fairground rides, sweets, a live band, and entry and transport to the after party.

Fun fact: LawCareers.net voted Bristol’s law society the best for social events last year, with specific reference made to the law ball.

University of Lancaster

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Ticket price: £30

What you get: a meal, a glass of wine, access to a photo booth, entertainment throughout the evening, and transport to a local nightclub after.

Fun fact: This year’s theme is the Great Gatsby.

University of Plymouth

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Ticket price: it depends on your membership. If you’re a full member, your ticket is included in the joining fee. Basic members can expect to pay £15-£20.

What you get: a meal, a drinks reception, access to a photo booth, a live musician, a photographer and an after party. There is also an awards presentation at the ball, including a best lecturer award, which is voted on by the students.

Fun fact: the law ball has really upped its game recently. Just a few years ago, it was in a small function room above a bar, with cocktails and a small buffet.

University of Exeter

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Ticket price: £25 for law society members, £35 for non-members

What you get: welcome cocktails, a meal, live entertainment and an awards ceremony. The event is unique to other law balls as it focuses on celebrating the efforts and achievements of the students, with awards up for debating, mooting and pro bono.

Fun fact: this year’s theme is “A night at the Oscars”, and while the entertainment is top secret, the committee guarantees it won’t disappoint.

University of Dundee

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Ticket price: £95 for law society members, £120 for non-members

What you get: a coach to a top class Scottish hotel, a red carpet welcome to the ball, complete with a champagne reception, a meal, wine, canapés, entertainment, and Oscar style awards. The next day, the students are treated to a complimentary breakfast before making the journey back to Dundee. The hotel also has a pool, a gym and tennis courts.

Fun fact: the 2015 law ball is up for an award at the LawCareers.net Student Law Society Awards, and the winner will be announced on March 17.

University of Leicester

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Ticket price: £40 for law society members, £45 for non-members (plus the option of buying a table of 10 for £380)

What you get: a meal, wine, dancers, and a DJ.

Fun fact: this year’s theme is Arabian Nights, and the décor includes lanterns that have been brought over from Marrakech.

University of Oxford

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Ticket price: £90

What you get
: a transfer to and from Oxford, a champagne reception, a meal, unlimited drinks and entertainment.

Fun fact: the latest ball is being held at Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Past balls have been held at the V&A, Warner Bros. Studios, and the Natural History Museum.

University of Warwick

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Ticket price: £48

What you get
: transport to and from the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, a champagne reception, a meal, entertainment, a photographer and access to a photo booth.

Fun fact: the ball is extremely popular, and the society maintains a reputation of selling 300 tickets in under 15 minutes.

King’s College London

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Ticket price: £45 for law society members, £65 for non-members

What you get: one hour Prosecco reception, a meal, unlimited open bar, performances from the uni’s acapela group and a magician, access to a photo booth, and a DJ.

Fun fact
: this year’s ball will be held at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Images via Ben Kilkelly, Jean Yang, Simon Coates, Erfan Mazloomi, Edwin YY, Jamie Corbin and Fortune Photos.

36 Comments

Anonymous

Good stuff Katie – but one to note the is the rather impressive annual University of Leeds ‘Lawsoc’ ball. Very well organised, affordable, and grand. The society is one of the largest law societies, if not the largest, in Europe!

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Shipshape for banter

Not enough quality gash tho. One fiend I bagged there last year ended up giving me the clap.

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Anonymous

Leeds this is Bristol calling you out. Pretty sure we have more members than you…

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Anonymous

On what basis are you claiming this?

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Why is everything clickbait...

Not sure how this list can constitute being *definitive* when it constitutes 10 Law Societies out of circa 100 universities, with the list excluding 6 of the top 10 Universities by ranking and many more societies who are larger by number of members. Hmm…

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Anonymous

Oh do cheer up.

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Jake

Yeah, well, not all societies would have replied obviously. Ours doesn’t have a ball and I’m sure we aren’t alone.

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Anonymous

Would you rather Legal Cheek rename the title of this article to “Legal Cheek’s guide to top balls”

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mk

UCL : £55/ £65.

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Anonymous

Cambridge’s Law Ball is in Michaelmas and costs much less than the prices stated here. The featured ‘ball’ is this year’s CULS Annual Dinner. Poorly researched.

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Josh

it’s a fucking ball

http://www.camlawsoc.com/springball/

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Anonymous

Hi Lindi

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Anonymous

University of Sheffield’s Law Society should be mentioned – it sells out in record time and is a very reasonable price

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Anonymous

City: £30/£35

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Anonymous

The Cambridge Law Ball is in Michaelmas, and much better value than the ‘ball’ mentioned above.

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Anonymous

I assume they’re referring to CULS Spring Ball, which was the prices above (and a damn good night).

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Anonymous

Is that you Dickie Cartwright?

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Anonymous

Is anyone selling tickets to the Carbolic Smoke Ball?

*grabs coat*

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Anonymous

10/10

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Anonymous

YAWWWWWNNNNNNNNN

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Anonymous

Nothing like Uni of Bristol’s Law Balls – always one of the highlights of every student’s social calendar!

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Anonymous

Edge Hill £12.50: 1 bottle of vodka and a smack in the teeth.

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A. mouse in Plymouth

As somebody who has been to several of the Plymouth University Law Balls, I would note that your ‘fun fact’ is misleading. the year that it was held at the Treasury, a small wine bar with an awful buffet was done because the president at the time wanted a 1920s themed night with ‘cocktails’. this events tickets cost double the price because she was ripped off royally from the previous place – the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, with a banquet room holding 450 guests (the treasury holds about 100 if you took out all the furniture). At the Duke we had a 3 course meal, table wine, a disco/entertainment, an awards ceremony where nobody (except the committee) understood the in-house jokes for 30 minutes, the cost of tickets were £15.

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A. mouse in Plymouth

sorry, miswrote something…

meant to say – got ripped off royally by the wine bar, and not the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. to be honest, myself and other various people still at the uni want it pushed back there. more elegant in a city full of Janners.

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Anonymous

Only Oxbridge seem to have high end law balls. Obviously nothing quite as glamorous for us plebs.

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Anonymous

University of Law Ball is now to be held in MacDonald’s. Got to keep that price cheap!

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Rear Admiral Banter

Top bants son, 9/11.

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Crocodile Dundee Gash Hunter

I know for a fact that the poon will be knee deep, thick and moist at the Dundee Law Ball.

Considering it involves a stay at the hotel, nuts will be busted with sheer abandon. Can’t wait.

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Anonymous

a poon? is that scottish for something?

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Alistair G

Short for ‘poonani’ I gather.

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Scouser but not of counsel

Liverpool’s Law Ball was always an occasion to dress up, do posh dinner and pretend to be Oxbridge for the night. Original Red-Brick, you know! A bit like their tradition of Oxbridge style high dining in 1960s halls…

That said Edge Hill’s option sounds more fun and better value for money…

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Laddington Bear

I like to have my law-balls resting gently on the table

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Anonymous

The word ‘ball’ is really only appropriate for Cambridge given that is the only place where it is done properly. The Cambridge Law ball, as good as it is, is only an appetiser for the balls to come in May Week. Most parties or balls seem rather disappointing after experiencing Cambridge balls.

I did my masters at a London university that considers its self one of the best in the world – the ‘ball’ there consisted of paying an extortionate rate to spend an evening in a tarted up sports hall where tokens were given for a set number of drinks (5 I think it was) with the females dressed like they were on a night out on The Toon and the gents failing woefully at donning black tie – polyester lounge suits and clip on bow ties galore.

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Lord Tarquin of Exetah, currently on mah third gap yah

Oh, that is ghastly my dear boy, how dare they! Terrible how the tactless rustics have spread even to the finer institutions of our dear great country, isn’t it? Used to be better when they knew their place, locked up in the sooty slums, standing by the mills and down in the coal pits, I say!

Tally ho!

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Baboon

Alex whatever happened to your top comments of the week piece I liked it and it made me laugh sometimes it also encouraged people to comment on your mad little site can we have it back plz thanks

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