London Law Fair

LondonLawFair

Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to representatives from UK law firms at the first London Law Fair. Make sure you come armed with knowledge about the firms and chambers that will be exhibiting and get ready to ask them some questions.

The PCC and Brunel Law Society will be hosting a Wednesday afternoon fun networking game to get you in the mood for mixing and mingling so we hope to see you in the Moot Court on Wednesday 20th November from 1pm to 3pm.

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Law careers goes digital

This term’s Legal Professionals Master Classes will have a slightly different flavour from last year’s in that most of them will be delivered online, via webinar. We do, however, have some exciting new face to face events that are a joint venture between the PCC and Brunel Law Society.

Here’s the full list of events with the webinar links for you to sign up. The face to face events will take place in the Moot Court with further details to follow…

 

7th Oct – 10 to 11am                           PCC How to write a legal CV (webinar – all levels)

Please register for LAW: How to write a legal CV on Oct 2, 2013 1:00 PM BST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8536265583537334530

Where do you start when writing a legal CV? This workshop will show you what legal employers are looking for when you’re applying for roles in the legal profession. We’ll be talking through an example CV so you can see how it’s done.
 

 

14th Oct – 10 to 11am                         PCC How to write work experience/vacation scheme applications (webinar – all levels) 

Please register for LAW: How to write work experience/vacation scheme applications on Oct 2, 2013 2:00 PM BST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1677970545819451906

If you’re writing applications for either work experience or vacation schemes then you’ll need to understand how to present your skills to legal employers. Join us on this webinar to find out more.

 

21st Oct – 10 to 11am                         PCC How to write job applications (webinar – Level 2 and 3)

Please register for LAW: How to write job applications on Oct 9, 2013 11:30 AM BST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/287582017444314114

Writing a good job application is essential in order to beat the competition when it comes to getting an interview. Learn the tricks of the trade in this webinar, which shows you how to write killer applications.

 

28th Oct – 10 to 11am                         PCC How to answer competency questions competently (webinar – all levels)

Please register for LAW: How to answer competency questions competently on Oct 23, 2013 1:00 PM BST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2650454495767568898

Competency questions appear throughout the recruitment process, in both application forms and interviews and answering them is a learnable skill. This webinar helps you to understand how these questions are structured and how you get maximum ‘points’ when answering them.

 

4th Nov – 10 to 11am                          PCC How to identify your legal niche (webinar – all levels)

Please register for LAW: How to identify your legal niche on Oct 30, 2013 2:00 PM GMT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4806317521882890498

Understanding more about the area of law you’d like to work in is a necessary part of the process of applying for jobs and will help you answer the notoriously tricky questions “Why law?”and “Why this firm?”.

 

11th Nov – 10 to 11am                        PCC How to identify alternative careers (webinar – all levels)

Please register for LAW: How to identify alternative careers on Nov 13, 2013 2:00 PM GMT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2367204907289754370

Not all law students want to become lawyers. There are many alternative careers you could pursue with a law degree. This webinar helps you to identify both careers where a law degree is useful as well as careers which do not require any specific degree.

20th Nov – 1 to 3pm                             PCC and BLS The Networking Game (live event – all levels – priority levels 2 and 3)

Moot Court

Learn how to network like a pro before the London Law Fair! This is a friendly, interactive

session that will help even the shyest of networkers learn how to relax and enjoy the

experience.                                                    

 

4th Dec – 1 to 3pm                              PCC and BLS Selling yourself at interview (live event –    all levels)

Moot Court

You’ve done all the hard work in making your applications to get you to the interview stage,

so make sure you’re prepared both psychologically and physically. This session will also

teach you how to answer some of the most dreaded interview questions in style.

Financial Ombusdmen Posts

A career that uses your law degree doesn’t restrict you to becoming either a barrister or a solicitor. There are some really interesting opportunities to be had in the current marketplace. This role as a financial adjudicator for the Financial Ombudsman allows you to use your legal knowledge and would appeal to those of you who really enjoy working with people and making a difference in their lives.

And it seems this organisation is a popular place for Brunelians. We’ve recently seen three successful Brunel law graduates taken on into this exact same role. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking on your application and come and talk to me once you’ve done it so that I can help you to make sure you’re hitting all the right notes.

 

 

Can you spot a counterfeit cigarette?

A Trading Standards Officer role can be an excellent alternative career for law graduates who want an element of legal work in their role without following either the solicitor or barrister routes.

Take a look at this article from Prospects to find out more about what the role involves.

If it’s of interest to you the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are recruiting for an Trading Standards Assistant Intern (paid) right now. Click here to apply.

Another useful link to help you with your research is The Trading Standards Institute, where you can find out more about the work that Trading Standards carries out.

CILEx webinar

I’m running a webinar exclusively for Brunel students and graduates on the CILEx route into legal practice. I had a practice session with Noel Inge, Managing Director of the CILEx Law School today and we’re both looking forward to seeing you there on 31st July at 1pm (for an hour).

Click this link to register (you’ll need your Brunel student ID):

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/497675354

I am sooo over law!

My professional code of ethics prevents me from discussing the exact content of my meetings with students who I work with but I can report that I hear various versions of the sentiment, ‘I don’t want to be a lawyer, get me out of here’.

Whilst some people really enjoy studying for a law degree, it’s very often the case that they realise early on that they want to become neither a solicitor nor a barrister. Nor in fact do they want to work in any other area of law. So I’m often asked the question, ‘What can I do with my law degree?’.

The short answer is any job that is non-specific in its degree subject requirements. You can recognise these job ads as they say such things as ‘We require a candidate with a 2:1 in any discipline’. That includes law students. The law degree gives you the ability to think critically and analytically, to research, to hone your English writing skills and your ability to construct an argument. Through mooting and debating you can develop communication and team working skills; all of which are valued by employers.

Then there are the job roles that would be particularly suited to someone who has studied a law degree but doesn’t want to go into more ‘traditional’ roles.

This page from The Law Society gives you a starting point to consider alternatives. An appointment with me might help you clarify that futher. Just email me sarahdotrourke@brunel.ac.uk for help (I’m here right through summer).

The social media minefield….

There is no escaping social media. It’s definitely a case of ‘you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ when it comes to having an online presence.

If a potential future employer were to google you (and they routinely do this as part of their recruitment process) and you had no social media presence whatsoever then it might raise some eyebrows.

Having a social media presence does bring with it some personal responsibility in terms of making sure you manage your own publicity. What are you saying online and about whom? Is it something you wouldn’t mind an employer seeing? Is it something that would stand up in a court of law if it came to that?

Check out this must-see video to find out why you don’t want to end up like former law student Joshua Cryer….

You’ll need to log in to BBL before you click on the picture below then navigate to ‘Social Media’ in the left hand side menu.

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