Brunel law students recently had the opportunity to take part in a mooting competition held at the Supreme Court. Not only was this a fantastic experience, boosting students’ public speaking skills and confidence but it also gives them something really interesting to talk about on CVs and applications.
Legal recruiters place a high value on extracurricular activities. They don’t have to have a legal angle but ideally the activities you choose to do outside of your studies and work will give you additional skills you can bring to the workplace.
Mooting is great for demonstrating that you have the ability to work in a team, conduct research and shows your public speaking skills, all of which are of value to legal employers.
Here are the highlights from the Supreme Court final:
….a week’s work experience at Olswang!
I know you’re probably sick to the back teeth with essay writing but if you can manage just one more then the rewards could be well worth it!
Legal work experience is highly valued by recruiters and can sometimes be difficult to secure, especially in some of the more high profile firms. If you’re good at essay writing but maybe don’t have much to say on those dreaded vacation scheme applications then why not try your hand at an essay writing competition to try to secure some work experience at leading firm, Olswang? There’s also a chance to shadow at Matrix Chambers, visit The Guardian newspaper’s offices and spend time at the UKSC. What are you waiting for?
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has launched the third Jacques Leroy International Prize – Business and Human Rights for law students under 30 with the theme The Jurist and the Development of Human Rights in the Business World. The closing date is 30 June 2012.
Young Lawyer has teamed with legal training provider NCLT to offer you the chance of winning a free place on an LPC course of their choice. All you have to do is to write an essay based on this question:
As you embark on your training to become a lawyer, the legal profession is undergoing the most radical change in decades, which will result in law firms losing the monopoly on the provision of legal advice. “How do you think legal reform will affect you and other aspiring lawyers training to become solicitors?“
Word count: 1,000-1,300
Criteria: Essays will be judged on structure, coherence, accuracy and strength of argument
How to enter: Email your essay to email@example.com
Closing date: 29 June 2012
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Law students and trainee solicitors are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition. This year’s essay title is: ‘In the light of the growing prison population should we look for alternatives to imprisonment?’.
Find out more and apply. The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Leading magazine for aspiring lawyers, Lawyer2B has teamed up with BPP Law School to offer a free place on each of its GDL and LPC courses for the September 2012 intake. All you have to do is write a 1500 word article to appear in the summer 2012 edition of Lawyer2B. The article should express your views on whether the City can act ethically. For more details on the competition, how to enter and some top tips for writing a prize-winning article go to the Lawyer2B website. Be quick as the closing date is Friday 10th February 2012.
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Introducing the Legal Gateway Scheme which includes the Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme and is aimed at Black, Asian and Ethnic minority Law and non-Law students who wish to enter into the legal profession. The programme offers a unique mix of work placement, mentoring & coaching, skills development, workshops, networking and other opportunities. Applications for the above programme can now be made, and the closing date for the receipt of the completed application and all supporting documentation is at 3pm on 30 November 2011.
The programme provides developmental training, offers practical experience of working in a legal environment, Continue reading