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!
It’s never too early in your law career to start networking. And here’s an excellent opportunity for female students to meet women in the legal profession.
Women in Law is a service which, amongst other things, helps with the professional development of women lawyers. Student membership is encouraged and you can sign up here for this free service.
Why network as a student?
- Make valuable contacts in the legal industry (potentially leading to work experience)
- Enhance your job search by being in the know about potential opportunities
- Build confidence in mixing with legal professionals
- Expand knowledge of people’s roles and different types of law firms
- Learn to put yourself at ease in the world of law before you have to attend interviews
- Learn the lifelong skill of relationship building
A Linked In profile can be a great way to demonstrate your skills and experience to potential employers and can compliment any CV and covering letters that you’re sending out.
In fact, this article from The Guardian discusses whether or not the Linked In profile will replace the CV. It also gives some great information on how to make sure your profile is fit for purpose.
Do remember that when you add your profile to Linked In it’s visible to anyone who cares to have a look so it’s worth bringing it in to the PCC for a check before you show it to the world. Bad grammar and misspellings will have the opposite effect to the one you’re aiming for so make sure you’re showing your best side.
As ever, email me for an appointment, or come to a Quick Query session when I’m next on duty; I’d be happy to help you with this: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
6 February 2012
Organiser: BPP Law School
Location: 68-70 Red Lion Street, London
Details: Free event comprised of speakers from leading law firms.
Go to http://discover.bpp.com/law-generic-pro-bono for more information and to save your seat!
Bird & Bird Offices (15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP): 19 January 2012
Apply online at www.twobirds.com/English/Careers/GraduateRecruitment/Pages/Where_to_meet_us.aspx
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.
Read this to find out how to maximise your network of legal contacts…