If you’re interested in a career in commercial law, it is always of interest to recruiters to see candidates who have strong commercial awareness.
You can develop your commercial awareness by undertaking work experience in other business areas, such as banking, which helps you gain a wider understanding of the business world.
Female first year students are being offered an opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in the City first hand by attending the Freshlook insight day on Wednesday 11th July. You have to register for the event by sending in a CV and short paragraph stating why you would like to attend (closing date is 6th July but the earlier you get your place the better).
This is also a great opportunity to come in and meet me, now that your exams are over, so that you can get your CV checked and updated before term starts again in September. If you’ve already gone home for summer vacation, email me firstname.lastname@example.org as there are other ways I can help you remotely.
Then take a look at Azrights’ blog – a firm who specialise in IP and internet law.
Would you like a career with big earning potential and the opportunity to advise at Board/Director/Senior Manager level? Do you like corporate law, finance, and corporate governance? You might want to consider the ICSA qualification – many law graduates do.
It’s the qualification to become a Chartered Secretary – it’s a PA role, right? Wrong! A Chartered Secretary is not a PA or a typist. Far from it! Think Home Secretary or Secretary General of the UN. It’s a very wide ranging, senior level job where you advise senior staff on core legislative issues relating to the organisation.
Take a look at the ICSA you tube link where Chris Taylor, Deputy Company Secretary at BSkyB Group PLC and Lola Emetulu, (solicitor) and Deputy Company Secretary at Reckitt Benckiser Group plc discuss their roles, day-to-day tasks and the skills required to work as a Chartered Secretary. Or take a look at the icsaglobal website
The UKSC blog covers developments in the UK Supreme Court, and it is run jointly be editors from Olswang LLP and Matrix Chambers.
How to enter the Essay competition:
Submit your answer to one of these questions:
- What has been the most imprtant Supreme Court case to date and why?
- Is the Supreme Court independent?
to email@example.com by 5:00pm on Monday 27 February 2012
Find out more:
Visit http://ukscblog.com/a-uksc-blog-competition where you can see the rules.
First prize: A week’s work experience at Olswang LLP in March 2012 and publication of your essay on the UKSC Blog.
Runners Up: Selected essays will be published on the UKSC Blog.
gleaned from a recent presentation by the College of Law.
•Keep up to-date with business issues- but pick an issue that interests you!
•Read quality newspapers and magazines- the business pages of the major broadsheet newspapers should cover most of the background that you need
•Use iGoogle as your homepage on your computer so you can add relevant RSS newsfeeds to make it even easier to keep up-to-date with the latest news i.e. BBC, Bloomberg
•Company/organisation websites provide more specific information about the organisation and its products/services. These allow useful comparisons to be made
•Follow the companies progress on Facebook and Twitter.
•Watch business related programmes- Working Lunch, The Money Programme, Dragon’s Den and even shows like The Apprentice do raise a number of business issues.
•Don’t forget- your own personal experience is important- societies, part-time jobs, summer internships- it all counts!
- International Workshop
29-30 March 2012
Open to all students
A chance to compare what life is like in two Freshfields offices – London and Paris
Take part in a case study and meet partners, associates and trainees from both offices
- First-year Focus Programme
10-11 April 2012
Open to first year undergraduate students
See what life is like in a commercial law firm and gain skills to prepare you for vacation scheme and training contract application forms and interviews
How to apply
Deadline for your application
24 February 2012
To find out more take a look at this article on the Chambers Student Guide.
- “So, Candidate, why do you want to work at a City firm?”
- What makes a good commercial lawyer? A prospective trainee’s perspective
- Legal trainee recruitment – an applicant’s perspective
- The Magic Circle Myth? How some applicants miscategorise firms they’re applying to
Ashley is currently a postgraduate student at the College of Law and has a Training Contract at an international law firm.
Thought so. City Law School have an excellent interactive skills and training website, Learnmore. Find out more about writing skills for law study, law careers and moots, amongst others….