Are you looking to refine your CV - check it ticks all the boxes?
As a BPTC, LLM or LPC student, there is a great opportunity coming up to have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City.
It's first-come, first served so make sure you get to the Student Common Room in Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place on 22nd October between 1.30 and 4pm.
Find out more via the event flyer.
The Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA) is holding a Careers Day for those interested in pursuing a career in Human Rights Law. You'll hear from a variety of speakers and get involved in group discussions. Most importantly you'll have lots of options to gain advice on internships and applications.
Speakers include academics, barristers, solicitors, government lawyers and those who work for NGO's.
Location: The Law Society, London
Date: 31st May 2012
Time: 1.00pm - 5pm
To find out more or make a booking use the Law Society website.
For those of you who are being held back from undertaking an internship or placement for financial reasons, the HRLA offer bursary awards to assist (and has done since 2006).Here's the blurb from them about this important opportunity.
The HRLA recognises that those without independent financial backing may not be able to undertake unpaid or poorly paid work in human rights law and might be disadvantaged when applying for jobs in the human rights field as a result. Each year the HRLA provides around 5 awards from a maximum annual bursary fund of £5000 to help successful applicants undertake work related to human rights law that they would otherwise be unable to afford to do. For the first time this year, one successful applicant will be awarded the Peter Duffy Bursary Award, in honour of the human rights lawyer who contributed so much to the field.
Over the past few years, the HRLA has helped students undertake internships at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre in Hungary, the AIRE Centre in London, the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Jamaica and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.
Reports from previous HRLA bursary recipients can be found on the HRLA website, along with the application form and selection criteria.
The closing date for applications for the 2012 HRLA bursary scheme is 6th May 2012. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the competition by 15th June 2012.
From 1-4pm today, the Guardian Careers site will be running a live Q & A session with an exciting panel of experts:
Derek Wood CBE QC, is a barrister at Falcon Chambers. He has been a recorder since 1985 and led the Bar Standards Board's "Review of Pupillage".
Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista Blog for The Guardian and of the legal comedy novel 'Law and Disorder' which follows BabyBarista's pupillage year. He practised as a common law barrister in London for ten years before taking a break to concentrate on writing.
Ali Dewji is the president of the Middle Temple Students Association and will be beginning her pupillage in three weeks time.
Simon Myerson was called to the Bar in 1986, became a Recorder in 2001 and took Silk in 2003. He writes the "Pupillage: How to get it" blog and lives in Leeds with his wife, 4 children, 2 goldfish and a dog – all of whom are female. In his spare time he teaches adult education for the Hebrew University, swims, sails and compulsorily explores his feminine side.
Adam Kramer is the author of the book Bewigged and Bewildered: A Guide to Becoming a Barrister, and has been a barrister at commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings for five years.
Christopher Grout is currently approaching the end of his pupillage at 15 New Bridge Street, the Chambers of Patrick Upward QC. He read law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before studying for his Bar Exams at the College of Law in London.
Marcus Soanes is course director on the part-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School. He will be online from 1pm — 2.30pm.
Robert McPeake is a barrister and principal lecturer on the LLM course, teaching advocacy, EU competition law, evidence, criminal litigation and sentencing at the City Law School. He will be online from 2.30pm _ 4pm.
You can send in your questions from now....
Whether you are planning on becoming a Barrister or a Solicitor there is no harm in considering a secondary career option or a short-term option while you are waiting for your Pupillage or Training Contract to commence. In other words a Plan B. This is a particularly useful approach when in a time of post recession when the job market in both these areas is super competitive where you other candidates may have stronger experience. As part of your Plan B strategy you may consider careers outside of Barrister or a Solicitor or in the legal or non-legal area. Many graduate employers (non-legal) realise the sense and worth of a law degree and actively encourage students from this discipline to apply. Law graduates are known by employers to have a highly desirable distinctive skills set (e.g. research and analytical skills).
You can book in time with a Careers Consultant at the Centre For Career & Skills Development to discuss your Plan B or your primary career goal (Tel: 0207 040 8093). On the 24th of March a Law Career Seminar will be run on Alternative Careers with a Law qualification. This could be an initial start to generating that Plan B strategy. Click for details.
The Careers Service at City currently advertise a wide range of legal internship opportunities on the University’s online Vacancy Board. These positions vary in length and are being uploaded on our website throughout the year. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply and get some amazing work experience on your CV while you are still studying or after graduation.
To view these opportunities you need to register with the Vacancy Board service.
Please also note that you can use the Careers Service to have your CV or application form checked prior to applying for a job or to arrange a mock interview. For more details of the services we offer please go check out our website. Any general queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7040 8093.
Hot off the press: Intern opportunity at The Law Society (Private Office team) to run from mid-May until end August. They promise to offer 'to provide you with responsibility, a chance to be a part of the team and a unique insight into the issues facing the profession'. Check out the Vacancy Board for full details of the post.
The legal job market has always been competitive pre-recession and certainly in the current economic climate. So trying to calculate the odds of getting a training contract or pupillage is unhelpful. The essential aspect to grasp is that you have to compete often with national and international graduates with strong academic backgrounds and legal experience. So as well as aspiring toward your dream career as a lawyer it is also worth considering alternative careers in the legal sector. There may be a positive alternative either in the short or long term. A great way for you to start the process off of evaluating alternatives would be to attend our Alternative Careers For Law Students event on the 26th of November 2009 - check out full details here.
Also take advantage of handouts developed with law students in mind such as the Alternative Careers in Law 2009. These sit on CitySpace under My Career Workspace (Year 2009-10) -> School Specific Information -> Law -> Career Guides.
It would also be advisable to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant who will have knowledge/expertise of the legal sector but also of the wider graduate market.
Remember to keep an eye on Future Lawyer in the coming weeks for video interviews with those who have followed an alternative path.
Marlon Gray is Senior Careers Consultant at the Centre for Career and Skills Development at City University London.
Do you want to discover how to gain valuable work experience and develop your existing skills? Do you have some time to spare? Do you want to meet like-minded individuals? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, it sounds like you are interested in volunteering.
Law Undergraduates are encouraged to find Pro Bono work to gain relevant experience and increase their knowledge through practical application from their first year. However, in practice this often proves to be difficult, as, understandably, organisations who provide Pro Bono opportunities will tend to pick candidates with the most experience. Instead of feeling frustrated and disappointed by this, you could do a lot worse than to start to build up some relevant experience through volunteering. It is important to remember that what employers are looking for is evidence of transferable skills, and these can be gained through all sorts of different activities, which can be ‘transferred’ to different work situations.
The Free Representation Unit (known affectionately as FRU) represents those who cannot afford legal representation in social security and employment law - areas where it is not possible to get legal aid funding for representation. The charity has two goals: the first to alleviate poverty through providing access to legal representation, and the second is to provide law students and junior members of the legal profession with valuable experience that will further their careers.
The difference FRU volunteers can make is enormous. In my first term as a CPE student at City University, I undertook my first case before a social security tribunal, representing a lady with multiple health problems who was appealing the removal of her disability living allowance. In addition to successfully getting her original benefits restored, I persuaded her to apply for an additional benefit she had not previously had, and the tribunal decided to award her this for life. The additional £25 per week that this brought her makes a huge difference to someone living off benefits, particularly when they are disabled and in poor health.
Later that year, at the start of my second term of the CPE, I did my first employment tribunal. That was a lot scarier, involving cross-examinination of the Respondents witnesses, a skill I had not yet studied. My client had been employed for 18 years, ever since he had left college, and then out of the blue, without any procedures being followed or any reasons provided, he was dismissed. Again, I won at tribunal, this time succeeding in gaining more than £18,000 in compensation for my client.
An E-research seminar took place at City University Tuesday, 13th October. It had as its main aim to direct law students at doing their research in an efficient manner before being confronted with the overwhelming process of applications for work experience, summer placements, training contracts and pupillages.
The career consultant, Marlon Gray, went beyond flagging up the main useful websites such as www.lawcareers.net, www.solicitorsonline.com and www.tcph.co.uk by showing that help is available. Tips on networking such as how to build a professional relationship with a potential employer were given. Students were advised to look out for opportunities and sell themselves as circumstances permit.
The seminar hinted at how to structure a CV and cover letter, stressing that the emphasis should be placed on one’s ability to work for the firm that they are applying for. Consequently, a model on how relevant skills can be included in a C.V was delivered in the hope that the students will take on board the idea that they have to add their own personality to their applications.
As puzzling the idea of making the correct career choices may be, Marlon Gray successfully directed the students to the right resources and reassured them that lecturers, and other members of staff at City University including the career advisors are prepared to help them. It is comforting to know that help is at hand so why not take the opportunity to attend the Law Fair on 28th October and make yourself noticed?
Tips on making the most out of the Law Fair will be given in the following seminar How to make the most of the City law fair on Monday 26th October at 13:30 in room AG22. Additional events are published on the Centre for Career and Skills Development website.
City’s Law Fair will be taking place on Wednesday 28 October in the Great Hall, College Building (main campus). This is one of our most popular career fairs and the University’s excellent employment and academic record as well as our high calibre students seems to attract more and more companies on campus every year!
The fair provides an excellent avenue for obtaining information about different career fields, specific company culture and work opportunities. Whether you are looking for a graduate job, a one-year placement, a summer internship or just some work experience come to our Law Fair and you will definitely find something for you there!
The Law Fair takes place from 2.30-4.30 (with VIP entry from 1.30) and remember - from 2-4pm, City University students and graduates can also use the fair to get their CV checked and receive professional advice from our careers team.
But...what exactly happens at a Law Fair and what can I do to get prepared beforehand?