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!

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.


Training Contract Master Class: College of Law Returns to Brunel

With dissertation deadlines and exams looming getting a job may be the last thing on your mind but if you know you’re taking the solicitor route then at some point you’ll need to join the competition to get a training contract.

As a direct result of Brunel Law School students’ outstanding attendance at and participation in the the previous master class delivered by our guest lecturer from College of Law, they’ve agreed to come back to deliver an exclusive second master class on how to get that training contract.

Bridget Lanvin, a former solicitor who has also worked in legal recruitment and now advises students on employability at College of Law, Bloomsbury will be showing you the nitty gritty on how plan your strategy for getting a training contract. She’ll be giving you insider knowledge on planning, researching, answering those tricky questions as well as giving you a multitude of other tips that will make you stand out from the crowd. This is gold dust; if anyone knows what she’s talking about it’s Bridget.

She’ll also be talking you through what you need to do to make an outstanding LPC application to get a place at law school after your undergraduate studies.

So if you want to blend in with the other thousands of students coming out of law school and competing for training contracts, it’s best to stay away…. If you want this class to make a massive difference to your career planning send me an email as soon as possible to to reserve one of the limited places. It’s on Wednesday 28th March in LC ‘B’ from 2-4pm.  Competition to get your name on this list will be fierce as it’s open to all levels (Level 1 students, it’s never too early to start your strategic planning). I don’t want you to miss out so please act quickly!

An LPC For Free?

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.

While you’re there, why not sign up for their news alerts by clicking on the ‘subscribe’ tab at the top right-hand side of the homepage.

Are You Running Out Of Time?

Are you considering entering the Solicitor or Barrister professions?

If so, are you aware of the timelines involved i.e. what should be happening with regards your career planning at each stage of your undergraduate degree?

If you’re not aware of this then take a look at this fantastic tool provided by

You need to input some information about where you are in your studies and it provides you with a timeline regarding what you should be doing to become a well-rounded candidate for training contracts and pupillages. It also points out some of the more important deadlines such as when to apply for vacation schemes or the BPTC.

A tip from me would be to start looking at this well before you get to your final year….