Don’t Miss Your Deadlines

Final year students will be breathing a sigh of relief today as you’ve all handed in your dissertations although it’s not quite over as there are still the exams to get through.

Whilst making sure you get the best marks possible in the exams don’t miss out on applying to firms of your choice by taking your eye off the ball when it comes to application deadlines.

Lots of firms who recruit one or two years in advance for their trainee intake set their application deadline for 31st July. However, this isn’t the case with all firms so do make sure to check on

Good luck with your exams and I hope to see you after they’re over!

Training Contract Deadlines

If you’re a second or final year student this is just a reminder of the pending training contract application deadlines.

For the majority of training contract deadlines that still remain the closing date is 31st July.

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When you are researching the firms you want to apply to consider the following as a minimum starting point:

  • Which area(s) of law am I interested in?
  • Where do I want to be located?
  • What size firm do I want to work for?

Check you have the relevant qualifications as some firms are very strict on applicants meeting the minimum criteria. Then research each of your selected firms thoroughly before you even begin to make the application. They will want to see that you’ve selected them for a reason and your reasons must be strong and well thought out. What is the culture of the firm like? What types of clients do they have? Have you thought about the type of training? What are the retention rates for trainees? What do current trainees say about the firm? What does Chambers Student say?

The more you research the answers to these questions the more convincing you will be when you answer the key question Why Us?


Government Legal Services Trainee Scheme Now Open

If you’re looking to pursue your law career within the government then this will be of interest to you. There are both solicitor and barrister roles available and the deadline is 31st July. It’s aimed at those who are in at least the penultimate year of their law degree (or the final year of a non-law degree). Please do get in touch if I can give you any help with the application process.  Click on the picture below for further information (application is not through Brunel).


Taking The Pain Out Of Training Contract Applications

Training contract applications should always be tailored specifically to the firm you’re applying to; a copy and paste job will be spotted a mile off and is the best way to get your form put straight into the reject bin.

Having said that, being able to copy and paste the standard, repetitive elements of your applications such as your GCSE and A Level grades could be a great time saver and would help some way towards easing the feelings of dread when facing yet another application form.

This is where’s MyLC.N, tool comes in very handy. MyLC.N helps you to keep all your key employability information in one place before you start applying for training contracts and a really useful feature of this tool is MyLocker. Here’s where you can store your key information, such as grades, and apply to participating firms without having to re-type the same facts for each and every application. This means you can spend your precious application-making time on getting the important questions answered as best you can.

If you need any help with application forms or setting up a MyLC.N account pop in to the Placement and Careers Centre in the Bannerman Centre during my Quick Query times.

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!

Opportunities with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • 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

Law Vacancies For Students With A Disability

EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation providing a free service to students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia, long term illnesses or mental health conditions, to ease the transition from education to employment.  They offer support, guidance and advice throughout the recruitment process and beyond from CV and application form writing, disability disclosure and reasonable adjustments to supporting them during their internship or graduate programme. 

They are currently recruiting disabled students/ graduates for the following legal opportunities: 

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with Herbert Smith to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their unique Training Contract, or for those wanting to gain invaluable work experience and an insight into the industry, their excellent Spring or Summer Vacation Scheme.

About Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith LLP is an international legal practice with over 1,400 lawyers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It also has a major focus on emerging markets, including China, India and Russia. This, combined with an alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe and a network of relationship firms, enables Herbert Smith to provide a seamless, cross-border service on a global level.

Herbert Smith covers over 30 specialist areas of law and is the leading litigation firm in Europe and Asia, and is well known for its merger, acquisition and take-over advice, as well as most forms of financing. Its specialist services include energy, competition, insurance and intellectual property practices.

Herbert Smith Spring & Summer Vacation Scheme 2012

During the scheme you will be exposed to the highest quality contentious and non-contentious work and have an opportunity to sit with a partner or associate in a different practice area each week.  You will be treated as one of the team and given real work for real clients.  In addition, there will be a range of talks, workshops and social events for you to enjoy, which will enable you to get to know people in the firm on an informal basis.Wherever you work within Herbert Smith you’ll find an enjoyable and supportive environment. Their collegiate and non-hierarchical culture means you’ll learn to think creatively, challenge assumptions and take nothing at face value.


Spring Scheme (2 weeks): 26 March to 5 April 2012   APPLY NOW

Summer Scheme (3 weeks): 18 June to 6 July 2012 or 9 July to 27 July 2012   APPLY NOW

Who should apply?  Penultimate year students, finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline.

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011

Herbert Smith Training Contract 2012 (Intake 2014)

Their two-year training programme provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop skills across a range of practice areas. During your training contract you are likely to spend time in corporate and dispute resolution as well as finance or real estate. Seats are also available in the firm’s specialist practice areas such as the advocacy unit, employment, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, pensions and incentives, and private wealth and charities.  You may also take up one of the many opportunities for pro bono work, including secondments to Liberty – something they actively encourage.

Wherever you find yourself, as a Herbert Smith trainee you’ll be treated as one of the team, working and training alongside some of the world’s best lawyers. You’ll be contributing directly to the success of their clients, some of the best and biggest companies in the world.

Start Date?  March 2014 / September 2014

Who should apply?  Finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011  APPLY NOW

For all these opportunities please register with EmployAbility or login to your profile, and complete the application online.

Please contact EmployAbility should you require the application form in an alternative format or if you have any questions or require further information regarding the Herbert Smith Vacation Scheme or Training Contract. We can provide additional information about this programme and can give you useful advice and tips on how to make a successful application.