Training days

Our training days are an important step before voluntering for FRU. They introduce you to the relevant law and tribunal procedure, as well as explaining how FRU works.

You must take out your first case within one year of attending a training day.

Future training days

We are pleased to announce our Autumn training dates are:

Employment: Saturday 29th September 2018, 10am-4pm, City Law School
Social Security: Sunday 14th October 2018, 10am to 4pm, City Law School

Booking is now open. It will close on the Friday before the relevant training day at midday.

There are also limited places available for training sessions taking place in Nottingham: these are for Nottingham Law School students who attend Nottingham Trent University and who are eligible to volunteer.  Students who are interested should contact staff at the University’s Legal Advice Centre for more information. Details about how and when to apply for places will be circulated by the Legal Advice Centre.

We will be running a second round of training on:

Employment: Sunday 28th October 2018, 10am – 4pm, BPP Law School (Waterloo).
Booking will open on Monday 01st October.

We’ve decided to move this event to Sunday in order to avoid clashing with the Pupillage Fair on Saturday.

Social Security: Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10am to 4pm, BPP Law School (Waterloo).
Booking will open on Monday 15th October.

There is no restriction on where you study or work for the London based training days, provided you meet our eligibility criteria. But to volunteer you must be able to attend our Central London offices on a frequent basis, during office hours, when conducting case work. 

After this the next training sessions will take place in the Spring of 2019. Therefore, if you want to volunteer with us over the Autumn and Winter of 2018/19, you will need to attend one of the Autumn training sessions. 

We are providing more training sessions in the Autumn than in the past, because we hope this will make it easier for you to fit FRU work around your study and exam commitments.  We are monitoring the number of available cases in both social security and employment, and limit places on the training days accordingly. Our aim is to balance representing as many clients as possible with ensuring that our volunteers have the opportunity to take on cases. This does mean that places are limited, and we expect the training days to book out quickly.


To book go to FRUOnline, our online booking system. There is a £50 fee to attend.

Before booking, please check that you are eligible to volunteer and have read the information about case availability.

Unless you have already registered as a user on FRUOnline, you will need to register as part of the booking process. Note that registering to receive emails about future training days is not the same as registering on FRUOnline.

If when attempting to book, you receive the message "invalid email address" you have probably already registered. Click on "Forgotten Password" to recover your login details.

You can cancel your training day booking through your FRUOnline account. You will receive a refund. You will be charged a £5 cancellation fee (because of the work involved in processing the cancellation and bank charges). We do not provide refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours before the training day.

When places on a training day are cancelled, they become available again automatically. If a training day is fully booked it is worth checking the website again later.

Religious Adjustments

Those who are unable, for religious reasons, to attend on a Saturday should send an email telling us why they are unable to attend the training day and which area of law they wish to train in.  Please fill in the email form on the contact us page.

Training Day Mailing List

To sign up for email notification once training dates have been announced, please enter your details here