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Developing into Ultimate Lawyers Career Conference – don’t miss!

Ultimate Law Guide author (and One of The City Law School's alumni) Craig Robinson, has put together a one day Career Conference for young lawyers, featuring speakers from a range of firms and a keynote from Professor Richard Susskind.

Developing into Ultimate Lawyers includes tracks for trainee lawyers and students; you can find sessions on the following:

Developing into an Ultimate Lawyer
Commercial Awareness
Life as an In House Ultimate Lawyer
Make your mark on Legal Practice
Training Contract Success
Global Career Opportunities

Book now for £25 per ticket, which includes a year's membership of The Ultimate Law Guide.

Ultimate Law Guide

Craig was interviewed for Lawbore back in 2010.


Training Contract Deadlines according to location


The guys at All About Law have categorised TC's according to location and type to make things easier for you.

American Law Firms
City Law Firms

Law Firms Outside of London
Scottish Law Firms
International Firms


Shipping Law Summer School 7-11 July 2014



What do you need to know?

- Five day summer school
- Learn lots about the shipping business and the law that helps it tick
- Takes place in sunny Barcelona
- Course fee is half price if you are a City student or graduate (so you pay €600 for the fee plus your travel costs, accommodation costs…and the odd tapa, cerveza etc)
- Great taster for anyone thinking of working in shipping or of going on to study for an LLM in Maritime Law
- Ideal networking opportunity

Need to know more?

Ask the course director Anthony Rogers and take a look at the website

There are still three places available for city students/alumni at the preferential rate!


Third Annual Postgraduate Research Forum at The City Law School – Petya Ilieva, PhD Candidate

Our author, Petya

Our author, Petya

On 16th May 2013 The City Law School hosted the Third Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. Prof Jason Chuah, Head of School, and Dr Mauro Barelli, Senior Tutor for Research, welcomed the research students and members of the staff. The Postgraduate Research Forum once again provided an opportunity for the City Law School PhD students to present their work-in-progress in a friendly and welcoming environment and receive constructive feedback. This year there were several second-year doctoral students who presented their researches for the first time. The Annual Postgraduate Research Forum is indeed constantly expanding and growing in popularity due to the new intake of research students and the thriving research community at The City Law School.

The first panel chaired by Dr Henrique Carvalho included three presentations. Anna Labedzka took the floor and opened the discussions with a presentation on the new generation of association agreements, taking account of the EU policy of engagement with its neighbourhood. Neshat Safari who talked about derivative claims and funding problems associated with them presented the second paper for the morning session. The final presentation was given by Keith Amery, who provided an account of the self-regulation in the UK-based antiquities trade post ‘Arab Spring’.

After some interesting comments from the audience, the discussions were closed with final remarks from the chairman Dr Carvalho and the second panel took the floor. Dr Abayomi Al-Ameen, the chair of the second panel, was faced with the challenging task to moderate the discussions arising out of the presentations of the three third-year PhD students presenting papers in the area of maritime law. The first one to present in the second session was Carlo Corcione who set the theoretical framework on third parties protection in carriage of goods by sea. After his presentation, Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa addressed the interrelations between shipping and finance. The final paper on shipper liability for cargo and, in particular, its mental element was presented by Faizah Nazri Abd Rahman.

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Alternative Paths Post-Graduation: What to Do If You Don’t Want a Legal Career – Anastasia Evans

Few degrees, save perhaps medicine, lead so directly into a fixed profession as law. From the outset – those first few weeks of introductory lectures – people view the motivation to study law at undergraduate level purely as a way into the profession; a method of cutting a year off qualification.

This can be both a blessing and a curse. For some, those who have always dreamed of the shiny corridors of a corporate firm or the hallowed halls of chambers and courtrooms, a clear cut pathway leading to the dream just makes their journey easier. But for others – those studying law because of a general or academic interest in it, or those who have changed their minds along the way – finding a way out of the legal careers pit can be hard, especially when it seems that everyone is expecting you to qualify.

So what to do if you find yourself in your final year, with a law degree but a passion for a contrasting field?

Related Career Paths Are Out There

There are many fields related to law to explore if you’re looking to directly utilise your legal education. Becoming a paralegal is an obvious option if you’re interested in further exposure to lawyering.

But if it’s the firm environment you’re looking to avoid, yet still love the concept of law, think about which aspects you prefer, and in which you excel the most (don’t worry, those who have a completely opposing career path in mind – I’ll come to you later!).

If you’re a natural problem-solver, consider a career in mediation or arbitration. If you’re drawn to the commercial side of things, think about financial journalism or consultancy. If you’re motivated by justice, consider human rights. Or if you love academia, roles in research or policy could be for you.

Conversely, there are plenty of non-legal roles within firms; HR, marketing, sales, front of house… You get the idea.

This list is far, far from exhaustive; we’re trying to say that law is a broadly diverse area, and many roles exist beyond the well-trodden road of becoming a solicitor or barrister. You can still make direct use of your degree without qualifying.


Government Legal Service and the Crown Prosecution Service – a Career at the Employed Bar

Book your tickets for the event on 3rd June (17:30-19.00) covering a career at the Employed Bar - with speakers focusing on the GLS and CPS.

Patrick Fields (now recorder of the Crown Court) talks for 30 minutes about his time at the CPS and the kind of work that you might be doing as a trainee there and beyond. The date for submission of the forms for the CPS is 31st May.

Emma Burgess will then come to speak to students about the Government Legal Service and a career at the Employed Bar. Emma will talk about the very interesting work that she does and more about the service in general.

Emma Burgess is a senior lawyer with the Treasury Solicitor's department, advising at the Ministry of Justice. She advises Ministers and policy leads on a wide range of civil justice and civil law matters, as well as drafting secondary legislation and conducting litigation on behalf of the Department (in conjunction with Treasury Solicitor litigation colleagues and Counsel). Prior to her current posting, she undertook advisory, drafting and negotiation work on international family law/ private international law instruments at EU and International level.

Emma previously lectured at the City Law School from 2000 to 2007, including a period as a deputy director on the Bar Vocational Course. Prior to that, she was in independent practice at the Bar as a family law specialist, handling private law children cases, public law care proceedings, and ancillary relief.

The application process for the GLS starts in early July 2014.

The Careers Service (distinct from the Pupillage Advice Service) at City Law School offers support and training for the recruitment processes that are undertaken at the GLS including verbal reasoning and assessment centre style mocks and coaching. At the end of this event a list will be taken of students interested in further support from the Careers Centre in this style of assessment. The Careers Service is only open to City Students (prospective) or alumni.

City Law school
Room 13
2-10 Princeton St
WC1R London
United Kingdom


Pupillage Open Day – workshops running on 2nd June

No need to book, just come along:

Researching Chambers for Interview - Rachel Scott-Halls
Help with going beyond the Website when researching Chambers
13 Princeton Street


Criminal Law Workshop with Q&A - Peter Hungerford-Welch
An explanation of ABS, LASPO, QASA and recent developments in Criminal Law Q&A
13 Princeton Street

Medical Law Workshop with Q&A - Dr Evelyn Pollock
Impact of Jackson reforms on practice and recent updates
24 Princeton Street

Family Law Workshop and Q&A - Ronnie Lachkovic
Recent developments in Family law
13 Princeton Street

Using the ‘STAR’ technique in competency based Interviews - Careers Service
Learn how to answer questions using this technique
13 Princeton Street

Employment Law Workshop and Q&A -Andrew Worthley
Recent developments and how sets interview
24 Princeton Street

Advocacy Exercises in Interviews - Alexander Mills
Plea’s in Mitigation
Bail applications
13 Princeton Street

Professional Ethics in Interview - Robert McPeake
How to approach the Professional Ethics Questions in Interview
13 Princeton Street


Pupillage Interview Day – 2nd June – book your lecture slots now!

A packed day of events awaits those of you gearing up for interviews:

Professional Legal Ethics 'The Golden Rules'
This is a lecture for those applying for Pupillage this year who need a basic understanding of professional ethics for interview. The majority of Pupillage Interviews will include a professional ethics question.
Audience - all who are applying for Pupillage who are yet to undertake the BPTC and those who would like a refresher.
Where? Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
When? 11-12

How to approach the Legal Questions in Interview by Professor Stuart Sime
Stuart Sime tells you how to approach the legal questions in interview.
Where? Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
When? 12-1pm

LPC LAW - Freelance Advocates Recruitment Event
LPC Law are recruiting students who are looking for work for the summer/year before they start Pupillage/Training Contract or for those who do not have a Pupillage / Training Contract.
Where? Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
When? 6pm

How to succeed in Pupillage Interviews

Tim Collins, trained in recruitment by Procter & Gamble and was a Member IPA. As Practice Director at No.6 Barristers Chambers he interviewed and successfully recruited 44 barristers.
Where? Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
When? 7.30pm


Fancy a break from revision?

This time of year is grim, no question. If you're not spending every second poring over your revision notes then you feel like you're not working hard enough....but why not pick a few law events to go along to?

There are loads listed on the Lawbore City Hub, including the Human Rights Lawyers' Association Seminar on the 28th May (6pm - 7.30pm): Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Anti-Torture and Inhumane Treatment, featuring the following speakers:


Sapna Malik - Leigh Day
Adam Wagner - One Crown Office Row
Kat Craig - Reprieve

RSVP to HRLA Administrator for a reserved place.

Bit last-minute but City's Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex are holding a panel discussion this evening regarding the recent judgment on Google Spain and the "right to be forgotten".

Speakers include:

Jonathan Coad, Partner, Lewis Silkin
Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex
Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex
Peter Noorlander, Chief Executive, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers

If you want to swot up on the case first, you can read commentary on the HRC blog and Law, Justice and Journalism blog.


The Senior Moot Final – definitely not a lottery!

Moot judge Derek Wood QC

Moot judge Derek Wood QC

The worlds of law and property came together on Friday evening with the much-anticipated Senior Moot Final, held at in a fittingly splendid West End venue - courtesy of the moot's sponsor Savills, the international property experts.

We were welcomed to Savills' West End Headquarters by director Clive Beer and were keen to see the four finalists of this inaugural competition - Martin Horne, Andrew Lomas, Zachary Kell and Darryl Hutcheon, present their arguments to judge Derek Wood CBE QC. Derek Wood, of Falcon Chambers, will be known to many as a property barrister of international repute, and one with long and distinguished experience as an arbitrator. He is also the Director of Advocacy at the Middle Temple, training the next generation of Inn students.

The Senior Moot was launched this year as a way of bringing together students on our postgraduate law programmes (GDL, Graduate Entry LLB, LPC and BPTC) - with all places for the competition snapped up within 52 minutes of release. The moot problem concerns an imaginary lottery and the failure of one of the parties to the dispute to purchase what, with the benefit of hindsight, would have been the winning ticket.

Finalists: Zachary, Martin, Andrew & Darryl

Finalists: Zachary, Martin, Andrew & Darryl

Martin and Zachary are currently on the GDL course at City, with Andrew and Darryl just completing their year on the BPTC. Joanne Moss, Lecturer at The City Law School, who conceived this moot sums up the evening:

"Our distinguished Moot Judge grilled the Finalists and expressed his compliments and encouragement as to the high standards they each achieved. Finalists each winning £250 were Martin Horne and Andrew Lomas; the runner-up in the competition, taking a £500 prize, was Zachary Kell.

The 2014 Senior Moot Champion is Darryl Hutcheon. He carried off the trophy and the top award of £1,000, following the submission of a greatly commended skeleton argument and a succinct and devastating oral argument. He also takes with him the congratulations and good wishes of the entire City Law School for his outstanding achievement".

See the City website for more insight into the evening.

Clive Beer (Savills) and Joanne Moss (City Law School)

Clive Beer (Savills) and Joanne Moss (City Law School)

Moot Winner  Darryl Hutcheon

Moot Winner Darryl Hutcheon

Joanne Moss, Derek Wood & Emily Allbon

Joanne Moss, Derek Wood & Emily Allbon

Thanks go to the photographer Alice Moss