Assessment Centre Magic!

I was recently lucky enough to be allowed an insight into the College of Law’s new mock assessment centre half day workshop, Suit Camp, which took place at the Guildford centre last Friday. I urge you, if you read this blog, to go along to one of these days; it was a fantastic experience.

Students from various universities came along (all in suits, looking very smart) to participate in a series of sessions which simulated what they might face at an assessment centre. That said, I think some of the sessions that were run that day would be equally useful for interview only situations too.

A stand out part of the afternoon for me was the workshop on commercial awareness. There wasn’t a PowerPoint slide to be seen as groups of students got stuck into the task of assuming the role of a law firm taking part in a ‘beauty parade’ i.e. pitching for business against other firms to win a potential new client. The ‘firms’ had to assess the facts and figures about a merger deal and then present their ideas on increasing profitability and cutting costs to the client. Participants learnt how to scrutinise the commercial aspects of a deal and how to pick out relevant facts to be able to guide their client not only from a legal perspective but also from a business point of view.

Students were also able to polish their presentation skills in a really friendly environment and got some excellent feedback from College of Law tutors, all former legal practitioners.

There was also an in-tray exercise to test attention to detail as well as a lively and fun speed interviewing session, followed by a great session on interview skills by one of the College of Law Guildford’s Careers Consultants.

The good news is that there are still two events that you could attend, both in London. The Bloomsbury centre is running theirs on Wednesday 20th February and the Moorgate centre’s is on Thursday 14th March. Follow this link to register – but do it quickly before all the places fill up!

RPC Insight Day – London office

This event will give you the opportunity to meet partners, associates and trainees from RPC, and find out what it’s really like to work at a progressive law firm.    RPC is a radically different, modern and progressive City law firm, offering clients extremely high levels of customer service and expertise. They also have offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The afternoon will consist of a presentation, Q&A session with partners and associates, an interactive skills session, and the opportunity to network with trainees, partners and associates.

This is an invitation only event so you should apply by 14 January 2013 at the latest.

When: 23 January 2013, 3pm-6pm
Where: Insight, Tower Bridge House

Networking With The Recruiters

Kaplan Law School, providers of the LPC and BPTC run a series of workshops and events, ranging from talks on Family Law to a presentation on a day in the life at Bird and Bird.

In their own words, they say:

From a careers perspective, we cultivate valuable relationships with law firms and chambers. Many of these firms and chambers visit the school to deliver excellent workshops to our students, enhancing their understanding of key concepts and developing skills that are sought out in the training contract and pupillage recruitment processes. Most importantly it gives our students the opportunity to make a positive first impression on graduate recruiters. Therefore, we run a full and active careers programme which is open to prospective students as well as existing students. This is an excellent way for you to learn more about us as well as the profession. 

Follow the link to register for any of the workshops.

Make sure that when you attend you dress smartly, have a notebook and pen handy and are ready to ask intellegent questions. Put your best self forward every time you meet potential employers; you never know who will be there that you might impress!

Interested In Commercial Law?

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 as there are other ways I can help you remotely.

Considering the LPC?

David Winnie is a solicitor with Thomas Coopper solicitors, just around the corner from London Met University here in Aldgate.

He did his LPC with us and has agreed to come along to talk as one of a panel at our forthcoming event “Get a Head Start on the LPC” which takes place on Thursday 31 May 2012. We also explain just what the LPC is all about and have interactive “taster” sessions so that you can experience for yourself the teaching style. Current LPC students will also be there to answer your questions. It’s the ideal way to prepare yourself over the summer.

If you are thinking of the LPC book a place with Patricia Mchale – to give yourself a head start! Places are limited so don’t delay.

More about David Winnie
David provides a wide range of advice to professional football clubs on various matters such as compensation payments for out-of-contract players, permanent total disability claims and player work permit applications.
He also advises on negotiating and drafting agreements between high-profile football players and commercial entities.
David has extensive contacts throughout the professional football industry following a lengthy career in the game as a player and as a coach. He is experienced in dealing with matters arising from the Football Association Agents Regulations, along with issues surrounding breaches of both UEFA and FIFA Regulations generally.
David operates throughout the FA’s jurisdiction in the capacity of agent, representative and/or advisor to football clubs and/or players.
David is a Registered Lawyer under the Football Association Football Agents Regulations and a UEFA ‘A’ licensed coach.


The National Pupillage Fair…There’s Still Time

If you’re considering going to the Bar then the must-attend event of 2012 is the National Pupillage Fair. Sign-up is now open for the event, where you can network with barristers, pupils, course providers and other legal professionals to help you get on the right track to the Bar.

Register for the 3rd March event here to ensure your place.

Bird & Bird in house presentation evening

Bird & Bird Offices (15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP): 19 January 2012
Apply online at

This is your chance to find out more about a career with Bird & Bird, in advance of their summer placement scheme deadline. You will be able to hear talks from their partners and current trainees, and network during informal drinks.