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