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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 1 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceWelcome to Prospects Law Where to trainConsidering a career in law? Find out the routes to qualification, which cityyou should train in and what alternative careers are open to law graduates Solicitors The solicitors’ profession a ‘traditional’ career in a solicitors’ firm or to work as an in-house solicitor, or in the public or private sector. needs people from all You will need to be determined and highly motivated Solicitors walks of life and The Law as qualification does require considerable commitment. Qualifying as a solicitor in today’s competitive market Society is wholeheartedly is a daunting prospect. Securing a training contract committed to increasing is not guaranteed and not everyone who wants to be a solicitor will succeed. equality and diversity The number of solicitors has grown in recent years, within the profession there are now more than 120,000 solicitors working in England and Wales with approximately 7,000-8,000 Working as a solicitor is a career that appeals to many people, qualifying each year. Further study the work is varied, intellectually challenging and rewarding It is important that you are armed with all the allowing you to use your expertise, knowledge and information about the realities of qualifying – follow professional skills to help individuals. the helpful hints and advice in this magazine Once you qualify, there are a number of different career to maximise your chances of finding the right job. paths that you can take (page 30). You can opt to pursue Rita Oscar, career development manager, The Law Society Barristers Barristers The work of barristers is to go directly to a barrister for advice or representation through the Public Access scheme. Barristers usually challenging, demanding specialise in particular areas of the law such and rewarding. It is also as commercial, civil, criminal and family law. There is no question that competition for pupillage much more varied and is intense; however, if you possess the right skills, diverse than you might attributes and qualifications you should not be deterred from pursuing a career as a barrister. imagine The barristers section in Prospects Law (page 114) tells Barristers in England and Wales are specialists in advocacy you what you need to know in order to train to become Alternative and provide expert legal advice when representing their lay a barrister. If you do choose to train and qualify for careers and professional clients in courts and other legal contexts. a career at the Bar an exciting future lies ahead. Often, solicitors will refer work to a barrister but it is now Alexandra McHenry, policy officer, professional possible in some circumstances for a member of the public development and training, The Bar Council
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 3 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to train We’re the leading European group of law firms, with more offices in Europe than our competitors. With a client-focused approach that attracts the world’s biggest organisations, we know how to take Solicitors talented people further – geographically, intellectually and professionally. Pages 19, 35, 48 Further study30 80 At Osborne Clarke weve created a bright, open and stimulating placeSolicitors Further study to work where we solve problems for some of the worlds most interesting30 Becoming a solicitor and training (and best known) businesses. Pages 15, 5432 Vacation schemes and placements 80 Converting to law – the CPE and GDL40 Pro bono work 90 The Legal Practice Course (LPC)43 Training contracts explained 96 Masters in law44 Training contract listings 104 Funding further study63 International seats 113 Study in Ireland With a focus on organic growth, Barristers64 International seats: 114 Shearman & Sterling is keen to continue Ashurst LLP to recruit trainees looking for a career,65 International seats: not just a training contract. CMS Cameron McKenna Barristers Pages 23, 38, 56, 6766 International seats: 114 Becoming a barrister DLA Piper UK LLP 116 Training for the Bar67 International seats: 120 Work experience and the Bar Shearman & Sterling LLP 122 Pupillage and pupillage applications68 Training for non-law students69 Applications 124 Alternative Southampton Law School offers70 Interviews top-quality teaching; experienced, Alternative careers72 Outside private practice friendly and specialist, research-led74 Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) careers academic lawyers; and opportunities to develop essential transferable skills including negotiation and mooting77 Legal Aid 124 Career options for the many who at a Russell Group university.78 The paralegal route study law but do not train as lawyers Page 111
4 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceThe legal sectorProfessional responsibility, Becoming a solicitor contentious and non-contentious law, Solicitors advise clients and try to resolve however only solicitors in particularintellectual challenge and their legal problems. Conferring with specialist areas of the larger firms see both.significant work are just some the client is vital work to understand In smaller firms solicitors will turn their their needs before using legal knowledge hands to different sorts of legal work.of the attractions of a legal career and analytical skills to work out what The work of a solicitor is driven by a desire must be done. to provide a service to the client but alsoIf all this sounds like just what you are Talking to witnesses, negotiating and to earn fees and hit their targets throughlooking for, getting into a solicitors’ office providing representation at hearings are ‘billable hours’. Having the ability to buildor barristers’ chambers is no simple matter. all part of a solicitor’s job. They also draft client relationships, good communicationMany students have the same idea and contracts, research the law, submit papers skills and teamwork are some of the skillscompetition is strong. Find out more to court and gather documents to build a solicitor needs. To find out more aboutabout the routes to take... up a case. Most firms handle both being a solicitor turn to page 30. Solicitors Qualifying with a law degree Training contract Qualified • Two years full time solicitor • Up to four years part time Legal Practice Course (LPC) Professional Skills Course • One year full time • Undertaken during • Two years part time training contract Qualifying without a law degree Common Professional Training Qualified Examination (CPE)/ contract solicitor Graduate Diploma • Two years full time in Law (GDL) • Up to four years • One year full time part time • Two years part time Legal Practice Professional Course (LPC) Skills Course • One year full time • Undertaken during • Two years part time training contract
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 5 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceBecoming a barrister grasp information quickly and unpick much more time in court. Whereas criminalOne of the most fundamental differences legal problems is vital too, both for success barristers will often be involved in trials Where to trainbetween solicitors and barristers is that in court and in barristers’ second role, where they address a jury, in commercialbarristers traditionally stand up in court as legal consultants. Much of a barrister’s hearings it is more likely to be a teamand represent their clients, whereas time is spent giving opinions as an of barristers talking directly to the judge.solicitors spend more time doing authority on what will stand up in court. The process of training and selectingpaperwork. It is now possible for some As barristers are self-employed and often potential barristers is highly competitivesolicitors to stand up in court but this work alone, self-reliance and an ability to and expensive, and applicants shouldwork is still generally done by barristers. manage their time effectively are also key. be aware of the statistics indicating howAlthough barristers always used How barristers divide their time many pupillages are available each yearto be instructed by solicitors, they may between advocacy and consultancy compared to the number of applicants,now take instructions directly from depends on their particular field of work. which indicate that there are aroundmembers of the public or businesses. The biggest difference is between seven applications for each place. A talent for advocacy is just one part commercial and criminal practitioners, To find out more about being Solicitorsof the barrister’s skill set. The ability to with members of the criminal Bar spending a barrister turn to page 114. Barristers Qualifying with a law degree Bar Professional Pupillage Training Course (BPTC) • Must be done • One year full time within five years of Further study • Two years part time completing BPTC • Must be done within seven years of qualifying law degree Tenancy • In chambers or employed Bar Qualifying without a law degree Barristers Bar Professional Tenancy Training Course (BPTC) • In chambers or • One year full time employed Bar • Two years part time • Must be done within seven years of qualifying law degree Pupillage • Must be done Common Professional within five years of completing BPTC Alternative Examination (CPE)/ careers Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) • One year full time • Two years part time
6 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceIn the newsA round-up of what has happened in the legal sector over thelast year and what to look out for in the next few months...Unique LPC launched into the programme, which includes business and sector analysis, the financialGlobal law firm Reed Smith and BPP Law markets, strategy, governance, regulationSchool have launched a new version of the and risk. Students will also conductLegal Practice Course (LPC) a business consultancy project based The new LPC fully integrates legal and on a real-life scenario, thus gainingbusiness learning throughout the year and an in-depth understanding of the firm’sleads to a unique Masters qualification, clients and its business sectors prior Alternative Businessthe MA (LPC with Business). to joining. Structures (ABSs) The bespoke programme, to be piloted ‘This innovative new course meansfrom September 2012, is the first of its kind, Co-operative Legal Services and high that, for the first time in the legalin that it allows graduates to study street firms John Welch and Stammers, sector, future trainees will complete and Lawbridge Solicitors Ltd becamecommercial and legal aspects in parallel, all the LPC topics with the full business the first ABSs licensed by the Solicitorsand not separately, so that they complete context alongside them in one year. Regulation Authority (SRA)the course before entering their training It’s also a fantastic opportunity for An ABS is a business providingcontract with Reed Smith. future trainees to learn about our regulated reserved legal activities but In addition to the LPC curriculum, clients’ sectors,’ said Peter Hardy, which has either, or both, non-lawyera range of business modules will be built Reed Smith’s training principal. owners and managers. Traditionally, law firms have had to be owned and managed only by lawyers.Early engagement The SRA started accepting ABS applications on 3 January 2012,Firms are targeting first year law after being designated a licensingundergraduates through vacation body by the Ministry of Justiceschemes to give them a greater insight in December 2011.into the industry ‘Our UK legal services are unrivalled Students are able to see how a law firm around the world and these changesworks and the type of route they might will allow them to reach new heights,want to take. Showing such commitment as solicitors’ firms develop newto a law career can also help with future markets, seek external investmentvacation scheme and training contract and join up with other businessesapplications. to offer different products to consumers One firm offering this is Hogan Lovells, opportunity to work shadow some and provide opportunities for growth,’which runs a one-week Easter vacation of the firm’s trainee solicitors. Selection explained Jonathan Djanogly MP,scheme, giving students an insight into is based on your application form and the Justice Minister.commercial law and working in a global results of an online critical thinking test.legal practice. The week involves Turn to page 32 to find out more aboutworkshops, case studies and the vacation schemes.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 7 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to trainReviewing the industryA review of legal education andtraining requirements is taking place Internationalwith the final report due to be delivered law firms mergein December 2012 Herbert Smith and Freehills will join Solicitors The Legal Education and Training forces to create a new firm, HerbertReview (LETR) will take into account Smith Freehills, as of 1 October 2012future demands on legal services. The The new firm will be the eighthreview panel is made up of the Solicitors largest in the world based on theRegulation Authority (SRA), the Bar number of lawyers it will employStandards Board (BSB) and the Institute (2,800 including 460 partners) andof Legal Executives Professional will be the largest fully integratedStandards (IPS). The first discussion paper was firm in the Asia Pacific market. The review centres on a need for issued in March and outlined a number It will be organised around global Further studyan education and training system that of options that are being considered practice groups and will be led by jointis fit for purpose and appropriately by the review panel. To find out more CEOs David Willis and Gavin Bell, theflexible and responsive to the and keep up to date with the latest current managing partners of Herbertchanging market. developments visit http://letr.org.uk Smith and Freehills respectively. There will also be representatives from both firms on its management and governance bodies. ‘We are excited about bringing together two pre-eminent law firms to create a new and distinctive global Prospects gets personal more research before applying you can law firm. We share with Freehills Barristers save your favourite jobs, placements a strong belief that over the next few It is now even easier to stay on top and courses to apply later. years the market for premium legal of your job hunt with Graduate You can set up vacancy alerts so that services will become increasingly Prospects’ personalised service you are notified when new jobs arise dominated by a small number of truly My Prospects is an individual that match your preferences. global firms,’ said David Willis, environment, delivering careers advice, Stay up-to-date with the latest news managing partner at Herbert Smith. jobs and training opportunities on the legal sector and the graduate specifically tailored to your preferences. job market and get careers advice on Once you’ve set up your account everything from applying for training and entered a number of preferences contracts to the benefits of pro bono Alternative you will find specific job listings waiting work by subscribing to our monthly Find out more careers for you when you log in. You can also newsletter and digital magazines. upload your CV, apply for training Register and find out more Keep up to date with what’s going on www.prospects.ac.uk/latest_news.htm contracts and keep track of your at www.prospects.ac.uk/ applications. If you want to do some links/myprospects
8 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceAsk the expertsIt’s difficult to know howto stand out from yourpeers or what sort of careerpath paralegalling can offeryou. So Prospects Lawasked a panel of sectorinsiders and studentsfor their thoughtsOne myth that the panel werekeen to dispel was that law is arecession-proof career. It isn’tand it’s feeling the strain likemany other professions. ‘It’s not about painting a perfectpicture for students. It’s goingto be difficult and you are goingto have to pay more for yourdegree. But, you can enhance You should Consider paralegalling money and get experienceyour employability through mini- research the firm ‘I think for those people who is paralegalling,’ says Emma-Jane. to find out itspupillages, going to recruitment haven’t found a training contract The problem with paralegalling specialisms eitherfairs and entering things such by looking on the or pupillage, doing paralegal work is that the entry requirements andas the Inns of Court mooting website or talking is an important thing to do while the job demands will differ between to people at fairs firms. Some paralegals will be non-competitions,’ says Faiza, who you’re searching. Lots of people areis aiming for the Bar. at a loss and the best way to earn law graduates with no previous experience, while others will have done the Legal Practice Course Sector insiders (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Alexandra Sutcliffe, graduate recruitment officer, DWF Course (BPTC). If you successfully Alison Metcalfe, careers consultant, The University of Manchester get a job you can be doing anything Emma-Jane Sleator-Rollinson, careers and information officer, The Bar Council from administration to high-end Marc Steward, team leader, careers, The College of Law work such as interviewing clients. Nick Touati, careers adviser, Manchester Metropolitan University Paralegals are also usually hired Paul Kendall, graduate recruitment manager, Cobbetts to cover busy periods, for example Rita Oscar, membership development executive, The Law Society if the firm has a big case on. Samantha Drysdale, graduate recruitment assistant, Simmons & Simmons LLP Therefore positions can be advertised all year round as Paul Students points out, ‘A law firm isn’t going Charlotte Felton, Elizabeth Wiggin and Faiza Saeed, Manchester Metropolitan University to offer 10 paralegal roles to start in September it’s more adhoc
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 9 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to trainthan that. So if you’re struggling Listing your sports clubs,because of a lack of experience hobbies, volunteering and part-– it might just be that those firms time jobs on your CV can alsoat that time require a high level be a good way to get theof experience but others may not.’ conversation started with Turn to page 78 for more an interviewer and break the ice.information on the job ‘You never know what theof a paralegal and case studies interviewer is going to say.from those in the know. For example, in my spare time Solicitors I go to a rescue centre and walkList your interests dogs because it’s something I enjoyAs well as your academic doing. If you as the intervieweeachievements and awards, your have something similar on yourCV needs to include everything that CV then you have found a wayis helping you to gain transferable of connecting, which is veryskills. Whether you are the Young important in this industry,’Magician of the Year, a drummer says Paul.in a band or have a part-time job, Keep it relevant Further studyyou need to list it on your CV. Charlotte volunteers for the You’ve worked hard and gainednational Shih Tzu rescue group good grades in all your modulesand she initially left this off her and so you want to let employersCV as she didn’t think it was It is all about showing that you Enhance your know by listing them all on yourrelevant. However, since adding have the willingness to do more employability application. Don’t, unless asked through mini- to do so. Do your research andit to her CV it has been mentioned outside of your studies and that pupillages, goingby several interviewers. ‘In four there is a person behind the be specific each time. to recruitmentinterviews the question ‘tell us qualifications. Extra-curricular fairs and entering You should research the firmabout volunteering for the dog activities are also a great way things such as to find out its specialisms either the Inns of Court by looking on the website or talkingrescue’ has come up and we’ve had to demonstrate your time mooting to people at fairs. Then list the Barristersa bit of a giggle and it has helped management, team working competitions modules that are relevant to theme to get work experience.’ abilities and initiative. firm, which in some cases will differ with each application. In the future Telling an employer that you received top marks in your LPC As well as discussing the current state of the legal sector, electives of human rights and the panel talked about developments that students need immigration is pointless if the to be aware of. These included: firm doesn’t cover either of these • Alternative Business Structures (ABS) specialisms. This will alert an • The use of social media in job hunting and networking employer to the fact that maybe Alternative • Solicitor advocates you are sending out the same CV careers • The Legal Education Review to every firm or chambers. Find out more about some To keep up-to-date with what’s going on visit of the specialisms on offer www.prospects.ac.uk/latest_news.htm at www.prospects.ac.uk/ law_specialisms.htm
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 11 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceDiversity Where to trainThe legal sector is currently annually to the Law Society against a set of bespoke industry standards.more diverse than at any A list of signatories can be foundtime in the profession’s at www.lawsociety.org.uk/ inclusioncharterhistory but there’s still An accessible website is a strongmore to be done to ensure indication that the firm understands the importance of inclusion forit reflects the population Solicitors clients, staff and potential recruits. The highest level of accreditationLaw used to be dominated is AAA though an AA rating alsoby white middle-class men but indicates that accessibility is beinga range of inclusion schemes taken seriously and will enablefocusing on race, gender, sexual users to change text size andorientation, religion, age, disability style sheets and be navigatedand socio-economic background by keyboard-only users andare helping to encourage many voice activated software.different types of entrants Firms that display the two ticks Further studyto the profession. ‘Positive about Disabled People’ A law firm’s or chambers’ The SRA Code of workforce and from 2013, it will symbol will also certainly haveliterature can tell you about the Conduct requires also have to be published. favourable recruitment policiestraining on offer and what their solicitors, firms The SRA Code of Conduct including guaranteed interviewsspecialisms are but it is very difficult and regulated requires solicitors, firms and for disabled applicants meetingto convey that they are diverse. entities to encourage regulated entities to encourage the essential criteria for advertisedTo find this out you should meet equality of equality of opportunity and vacancies. Applicants can alsopeople at the firm or chambers and opportunity respect for diversity, and prevent look out for positive actiondiscover what it’s like to work there and respect unlawful discrimination. While statements on websites andand understand their values. for diversity it is up to them to demonstrate how in recruitment advertisements If you’ve read the ‘About us’ these outcomes are being achieved, such as ‘we welcome applications Barristerssection but you want to know more, the indicative behaviours under the from ethnic minority communitiesyou should take a look at the firm code provide examples of activities and disabled people’.or chambers and its employees that are likely to support them. The BSB has published newon Twitter and other social media These include having a diversity equality rules to form part of itssites. What are they saying? What policy and offering staff training code of conduct which came intosort of things are they retweeting? on equality and diversity issues. force in September 2012. TheseWhat groups have they joined? There are a number of other clues place a duty on every barristerEquality and inclusion that suggest that firms are taking to ensure the equality rulesMany firms and chambers a proactive approach to diversity. applicable to chambers arerecognise the business benefits Firms that are signed up to the implemented. Alternativeof diversity but regulatory drivers Law Society Diversity and Inclusion The Bar Council is organising careersare also increasing. The Solicitors Charter have committed to pursue training and briefing sessions forRegulation Authority (SRA) and best practice across all strands chambers around the countryBar Standards Board (BSB) now of diversity in all areas of their to help them implement the newrequire firms to collect data business. Crucially, signatories also rules. Full details can be foundabout the diversity of their commit to report their progress at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk
12 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceA day in the lifeat ShoosmithsBased in the regions but corporate and commercial litigation departments. I completed a rangeoffering City calibre work of work and came away feelingand clients, Shoosmiths as though my presence was valued and I had made a genuineplaces corporate social contribution to the teamsresponsibility (CSR) high in which I worked.’ This is echoed by Jo who didon its agenda a vacation scheme at Shoosmiths, after a friend recommended‘Shoosmiths is an exciting prospect it as a great place to broaden for someone who wants great her experience. client contact, early responsibility, ‘During my two weeks in the a reasonable level of autonomy Milton Keynes office I had and good training. People are a fantastic time doing really encouraged to contribute to the interesting work with fascinating success of the firm and use their and friendly people. When I was personality to promote the firm’s Jo Joyce asked to apply for a training goals,’ says second year trainee contract I leapt at the chance and Janine Esbrand. upon in-house lawyers, who make Shoosmiths is an exciting prospect was delighted to be offered the job.’ The firm takes on 20 trainees up a large proportion of our clients,’ for someone who but ensures that only one trainee she explains. Supportive environment wants great client is allocated to each team. This ‘My confidence grew during contact, early Shoosmiths is a full service law means that trainees can get more my secondment as the people responsibility, a firm covering a variety of areas in the business that were coming reasonable level including commercial, corporate, involved, are given good quality of autonomy and to me for help often needed real estate and litigation. The work and greater contact good training answers immediately and I had reputation of the firm and the range with clients. to provide them. Doing an in-house of practice areas is what attracted ‘The experience is built role really helped me to develop first year trainee Rohana around a practical workload, my attitude to risk and my ability Abeywardana. complemented by technical to meet a client’s needs while ‘During the first six months and business skills training. managing their expectations.’ of my training contract, I gained Over two years, a trainee will exposure to all stages of the civil complete four, six-month Good preparation litigation process from drafting placements, one of which could Shoosmiths is a people focused firm a claim form and particulars be an external secondment both with its clients and staff and of claim to attending court with to a client’s in-house legal team, this translates across to those who counsel. The high-quality work providing an invaluable insight are considering joining the firm and level of responsibility was from the client’s perspective,’ through vacation placements and excellent from day one. says Samantha Hope, graduate open days. recruitment officer. Janine attended an open day and Newly qualified solicitor completed a two-week vacation Shoosmiths: The facts Jo Joyce spent her third seat placement at the firm both of which Full service law firm seconded to the legal department she felt gave a good insight into the of an international logistics culture of the firm. 20 trainees each year across the firm provider. ‘I found the trainees, solicitors Trainees complete four, six-month seats ‘It was a fantastic opportunity and partners to be very friendly and to really learn about the legal needs approachable. During my vacation In 2011 the trainee retention rate was 91% of a business and the demands placement I worked in the
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 13 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to train ‘At Shoosmiths you are given ‘We have offices nationwidea real opportunity to get stuck and close ties with an internationalin, to manage your own files and network of firms (the World Servicesto play an integral role in bigger Group). The firm’s growth hascases or transactions. Within been rapid and yet it has managedthe open-plan environment you to retain the culture which it hascould be sitting next to a head been developing for 167 years whileof department or even an equity becoming a top 30 firm,’ explainspartner. You are able to learn Matthew Kenwood, firm-widefrom the best,’ he says. training principal. Rohana applied for a training Trainees need to have achievedcontract at Shoosmiths during the AAB at A-level and a 2:1 or first SolicitorsLPC and his fees were reimbursed at degree level in any discipline.by the firm. This was combined There is no specific degreewith the support he received before subject required, this encouragesstarting his training contract. a variety of skills and personalities ‘I was invited to a number to the firm.of social events where I had the Rohana Abeywardana ‘We look for trainees who areopportunity to meet current and open minded, innovative and At Shoosmiths unwanted items and then sold forward thinking. We want peoplefuture trainees. I was grateful for you are given a them. The idea was well received who are energetic and who carethis opportunity as I was able real opportunity Further studyto meet my fellow colleagues before by the office and we were given about the quality of service to get stuck in, tostarting my training contract.’ manage your own some fantastic items to sell. It was that we deliver to our clients,’ files and to play a great way to get to know different says Matthew.Social responsibility an integral role in people in the office and we raised Skills that are useful for anyHigh-quality work and trainee bigger cases or more than £200 for charity.’ trainee to have include: ansupport work alongside the CSR transactions These opportunities don’t stop exceptional attention to detail; theinitiatives that take place across in the first week as shown by Janine ability to listen and complete tasksthe firm. who is a member of Shoosmiths’ efficiently; working successfully Trainees take an active part charity committee and contributes in teams; and knowing when toin CSR from their first week, to events throughout the year ask for help. These are all key skillsand create and drive initiatives in support of a chosen charity. that can be picked up by a varietyof their own, including New Barristers Outside of the office she also of activities throughout study,Friday, a national networking volunteers at the Communicare travel or work, which is whyevent for young professionals. we place such a high importance legal clinic, where she uses herYou can read more about events on extra-curricular activities legal skills to advise memberson the firm-wide blog Shoutback at in the application form. of the public on a range of issueshttp://shoutback.shoosmiths.co.uk ‘Shoosmiths is a growing including employment, commercial As part of the induction and forward thinking firm and or contractual disputes.programme trainees are asked graduates joining us have theto design and run their own CSR Trainee requirements chance to be part of and makeinitiative to raise money for a As well as the trainee fitting the a difference to the future of thenominated charity, a task which firm, the firm must also be a good firm. They will undertake AlternativeRohana says has been one of the match for the trainee. Shoosmiths challenging work for major clients careersmost enjoyable events so far. expects applicants to have some and have real responsibility ‘The first year trainees from knowledge about the firm, but in a friendly and openBirmingham decided to hold especially in terms of the different environment,’ adds Matthew.a car boot sale. We asked all business areas it operates in and Find out more atemployees to donate their its recent growth. www.shoosmiths.co.uk
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 15 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceIntroducing...Osborne Clarke Where to trainName: Sarah Houston with various strengths and talents.Role: Legal and graduate We welcome applications fromrecruitment manager candidates seeking a career change as well as those direct fromHow is the training contract university.structured at your firm? We are looking for candidatesWere careful to recruit a small who can answer yes to eachnumber of trainees each year, of the following questions:allowing us to concentrate oursupport and resources on helping • Do I have a razor-sharp mind,them to qualify. balanced with common sense? During the two-year training • Am I hungry for responsibility, Solicitorscontract, trainees complete four, but know when I need guidance?six-month seats. All trainees are • Will I be able to juggleexpected to undertake a seat deadlines and still stayin litigation, corporate, and either focused and positive?real estate or tax. Our trainees are • Can I adapt quickly to newcoached by experienced lawyers situations and differentin each department and have working styles?access to a real workload. This • Can I knuckle down, but notenables them to qualify with As we continue to imaginative and creative solutions be afraid to suggest creative Further studyexperience and confidence grow globally, our to our clients. We are actively alternatives?in dealing with clients, which aim is to recruit engaged in The Law Societys • Do I communicate well and and retain ais essential at the start of their Diversity and Inclusion Charter. build relationships? diverse workforcecareers. In each seat, trainees are to mirror the We use our expertise to makeassigned a training supervisor, diversity of our a difference. We encourage our Strong academic achievementwho is responsible for their clients people to use up to 25 of their is essential and candidatesday-to-day supervision. annual working hours for pro should have achieved, or expect In addition to regular informal bono activities. We minimise our to achieve, at least a 2:1 degreefeedback sessions, trainees benefit impact on the environment by in any discipline with gradesfrom formal progress reviews reducing, re-using and recycling A-B at A-level (or equivalent).every three months which helps wherever we can. We encourage We also take into account Barristersto track their development. environmentally friendly travel, applicants results in each promote environmental issues of their degree modules.What is the firm’s corporate and encourage all our people How can graduates findsocial responsibility to think green. We support our out more about the firm?(CSR) policy? communities with a mixture We run a series of activities, bothManaging diversity is key to our of charitable giving, fundraising, on campus and at our offices.identity and an integral part of our volunteering and pro bono These are excellent opportunitiesaim to continue being an employer activities. Our themes are for students to meet representativesof choice. As we continue to grow education and employability, of the firm and get a generalglobally, our aim is to recruit and environment and regeneration,retain a diverse workforce to mirror feel for who we are by asking Alternative and sports and arts.the diversity of our clients. questions. We also attend law careers Our diversity strategy is at What skills and experience fairs every autumn and ourthe core of our recruitment and do you look for when graduate recruitment websitedevelopment activity, where recruiting trainees? (www.osborneclarke.com/individual difference is welcomed. At Osborne Clarke we are keen trainees/meet-us.aspx) lists allThrough our people, we deliver to employ a diverse range of people of our forthcoming events.
16 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainBirminghamClose enough to attract each month. As well as skills and careers seminars covering a rangework from London but of topics such as recruitmentfar enough away to retain comparisons between legal markets across the country, and casea close-knit legal management tips from barristersenvironment, Birmingham and professionals outside private practice, which help membersis making its mark to prepare for qualification.on the sector ‘Organisations such as the BTSS provide junior lawyers withFirms with offices in Birmingham an opportunity to develop theiroften seek trainees who see their networking skills early in theirlong-term futures in the city, careers. This allows membersattracting those with local to socialise and to make those keyconnections or who have studied links for the future. There are alsoin the area. The prominence plenty of opportunities to getof Birmingham in the legal involved in local pro bono andsector makes the city a popular charity events,’ says Sarah Bolt,destination for graduates of a second year trainee solicitorlaw schools in neighbouring at Irwin Mitchell and BTSSNottingham and Leicester. Birmingham is The thriving legal market in the the perfect blend social secretary. This was the case for Chaitali city is a big enough draw for those of a busy, bustling The city benefits from a thrivingDesai who studied law at the who live in Birmingham to stay metropolis and professional community, withUniversity of Leicester, before a warm and there and not head off in searchbecoming a trainee solicitor a good level of cooperation between welcoming place of the bright lights.at Weightmans LLP. She is also to call home different sectors. Geographically, ‘Having grown up in Birmingham,chair of the Birmingham Trainee the legal community is located I knew it offered the chance to gainSolicitors’ Society (BTSS). great experience and top-quality in a relatively small area making ‘Birmingham is the perfect training within a small to medium- it easy to get to know otherblend of a busy, bustling metropolis sized firm, which would also solicitors, clients, intermediariesand a warm and welcoming place encourage a good work-life and competitors at rival firms.to call home. The city attracts balance,’ says Emma Narroway, It’s a great place to get exposurean interesting variety of legal second year trainee solicitor and build a career.professionals, from well-respected at Wallace Robinson Morgan ‘Birmingham offers a huge rangeand experienced sole practitioners in Solihull and BTSS PR officer. of opportunities for junior lawyersto large corporate law firms that to enrich themselves socially,are beginning to realise that Get connected professionally and culturally butBirmingham really is the place When starting out in a legal career without the attached exorbitantto be,’ she says. it is important to get involved and price tag or hellish commute,’ use every chance to make new adds Chaitali. contacts. One way of doing this Firms to consider is by joining an organisation Mills Reeve LLP such as the BTSS. Find out more Shoosmiths It hosts a range of social, sporting, www.btss.org cultural and charitable events www.birminghamlawsociety.co.uk
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 17 Advice and guidance Where to train Trainee profile I attended a number of open days including an evening event at the firm’s Birmingham office. What struck me was Lewis Gaut studied law at the University the approachability of the lawyers at DLA Piper, in particular of Birmingham. He is currently based the partners – I spoke with one partner for over two hours that evening. in the Birmingham office of DLA Piper UK LLP Where to train When I went to the Birmingham law fair in my second year, a member of the graduate recruitment team remembered Unlike most people, me from the open evening and asked how I had been. This, I knew from a young age coupled with the opportunities DLA Piper had to offer, that I wanted to be encouraged me to apply for a summer scheme. a lawyer. As I grew older and My most enjoyable trainee moment came at the end researched the profession of my corporate seat. I was involved in coordinating the I was attracted by the wide merger of three Spanish companies into one UK company range of skills I could gain under the supervision of an associate and a partner. and put to use on a daily I had researched this transaction during the first week basis. A career in law allows of my seat and found it very interesting to the extent that, you to engage your brain by the end of my six-month seat I was on the telephone daily Solicitors through complex research and drafting, and offers a great deal with an associate in DLA Piper’s Madrid office to streamline of client contact, even at a junior stage in your career. the signing of documents across the two countries. I was also As soon as I started university in 2007 I began researching in regular contact with the head of legal for our client and local firms in Birmingham. I was attracted to DLA Piper received personal praise from her upon leaving my seat. because of its international client base and ability For me, this just demonstrated that I had made the right to offer trainees the opportunity to work with lawyers choice in joining DLA Piper and proved that, even as a trainee, around the globe. you can be involved in the global network of the firm. Further study SQUEEZE MORE INTO TWO YEARS WE OFFER YOU ONE OF THE SHARPEST TRAINING CONTRACTS AROUND Barristers Everything matters and every day counts when you’re a trainee at Enjoy every last bit of your training contract and develop the all DLA Piper. We squeeze huge amounts of experience, responsibility round skills that all top lawyers need. and personal development into your 24 months with us. That means Visit our website for more details: you get to know more about the law, our firm and about yourself. www.dlapipergraduates.co.uk or follow us Working with one of the world’s leading practices also means more on Facebook. opportunities: the chance to try the things you want to try, work on secondments abroad or with clients, and get involved with headline making matters. Alternative careers www.dlapiper.com | DLA Piper UK LLP DLA Piper is a global law firm operating through various separate and distinct legal entities. Further details of these entities can be found at www.dlapiper.com JUL | 2121771
18 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainBristolAn influx of big name firmsto the region is makingBristol an attractiveoption for trainees‘The city has a fascinatingly rich history with a diverse, vibrant culture. With many of the larger law firms based in the city centre, all of the essentials are close to hand: shops; bars; theatres; restaurants and, of course, the waterfront,’ says Raj Sharma, a trainee solicitor at DAC Beachcroft LLP . Raj spent four years studying in Bristol and he enjoyed the city so much that he returned to do his training contract. With a number of key insurers, Bristol-based Outside work changes to the legal landscape. businesses and financial solicitors have the It isn’t just high-quality work This is demonstrated by Simon institutions in the region, Raj chance to carry which is beneficial to trainees who, along with his department, believes that Bristol is a fantastic out high-impact work and make in Bristol, as Raj points out. advised athletes, businesses and market for trainees. Many of the real changes ‘The after-work lifestyle in the marketers about their rights during area’s biggest firms also have offices to the legal city is certainly noticeable, the 2012 Olympics in London. in London which, with excellent landscape particularly on a summer’s Bristol is also one of the few road and rail links, gives ready evening at the waterfront. This cities where people still regularly access to a huge client base. is another side to Bristol’s culture: commute to the office by water As national representative for the work hard, play hard.’ ferry. Services run from Baltic Bristol Junior Lawyers Division Simon Fisher, a senior solicitor Wharf and Temple Meads to the (JLD) and a member of the Bristol at Osborne Clarke echoes Raj’s city centre. With its links to the Law Society, Raj explains how these comments and believes that South West and London (a 90- organisations help enhance the Bristol has a lot to offer young minute train ride), Bristol’s trainee experience. professionals by mixing the location in the legal market ‘The Bristol JLD organises traditional with the modern. is great for trainees, both numerous social and educational ‘I cycle to work every morning professionally and personally. events throughout the year such along the harbourside and ‘I often go surfing in Devon as a summer drinks night and at lunchtimes I get to choose from or South Wales, catch the train a financial workshop. All of which a variety of foods at St Nicholas’ to London or a plane to further provide trainees with the markets to eat by the river. There afield, or simply walk over the opportunity to network with is always a lot going on in the Clifton Suspension bridge into fellow trainees in the region. evenings and at the weekends, with the miles of countryside which many music and food festivals surrounds Bristol,’ explains Simon. Firms to consider throughout the summer.’ Osborne Clarke Bristol-based solicitors have Find out more Burges Salmon LLP the chance to carry out high- www.bristoljld.co.uk impact work and make real www.bristollawsociety.com
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 19 Advice and guidance Where to train Trainee profile to do a great job. When I was applying, I got the impression that trainees are valued within the firm and that they enjoy Alison Baker studied law and German at the working at the firm. What’s more, there is a variety of great University of Bristol. She stayed on in Bristol and opportunities to take advantage of, from a guaranteed seat Where to train out of the office (at a client or other CMS office) to all kinds is now a trainee at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social activities. Since joining, I’ve been given a real variety of work and much I was attracted to law of it has come with a great deal of responsibility. In real estate because I liked how the I was drafting and negotiating leases, liaising with clients and subject matter covers a wide running my own files. Since joining insurance litigation, I’ve range of commercial areas and public policy matters had the opportunity to draft court documents and statements, within a business reports to clients, analyse cases and consider our case strategy. environment. I also decided The most enjoyable thing so far has been investigating it would offer a challenging an insurance coverage matter. I had to do the investigations career path – one where I’d and report to insurers on my findings. While I had supervision, Solicitors be able to learn new skills most of what I did was by myself – something that has been and meet a variety of interesting people. both challenging and satisfying. I applied to CMS at the beginning of my LPC. I’m a Bristol Going forward I aim to get the most from my training trainee, and CMS proved attractive because it offered me the contract as I can. I’d like to meet as many people as possible chance to work for a great firm without having to leave Bristol. within the firm, and gain a good level of experience CMS offers a fantastic training contract where you are given as a solicitor. I’m also extremely keen to further plenty of responsibility along with all the support you need my involvement in CSR and office marketing activities. Further study Training Contracts and Vacation Schemes Barristers Some people call us CMS. Stand for more. Clients select CMS because we have the most extensive footprint in Europe of any ﬁrm. Graduate trainees increasingly do Those in the know the same. After all, when it means the opportunity to experience six months in call us the largest provider one of our international ofﬁces, it’s a big advantage. But that’s not where the beneﬁts end. Join us on a graduate training contract (or vacation scheme), and of legal services in Europe. you’ll ﬁnd we can offer you signiﬁcant exposure to multi-jurisdictional work and Alternative a wide range of learning and development opportunities, plus the support and careers encouragement you need to lay foundations for a lasting career. Discover exactly how much more CMS stands for by visiting www.cms-cmck.com/graduates
20 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainLeedsThe fourth largest city in theUK, Leeds has a lot to offertrainees and is consistentlyranked as one of the mostimportant legal centresoutside London‘Leeds has the best of everything for a young professional. The legal and business districts are extremely strong and with the exception of Manchester, it has the strongest legal market outside of London,’ says James Hemming, a newly qualified solicitor at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Part of the ethos at Irwin Mitchell is to give trainees a high degree of access to clients, something which James has had experience of. He is often asked to represent With the exception friends and family. It’s vitally property is affordable in Leeds. clients at inquests, making of Manchester, it important then, that you’re happy The city centre has a variety of flats has the strongest submissions before the coroner in your work. to offer with Clarence Dock and legal market or attending hearings in the County outside of London ‘The atmosphere in the Leeds The Calls being popular choices for Court in front of the district judges. office and throughout Irwin professionals. Chapel Allerton and ‘I have been to a few trials, Mitchell is that of a professional Roundhay also tend to be popular which is a rarity in today’s legal but open and friendly office. and are only a short commute from environment so I enjoyed the Hard work is respected but there the city centre. Harrogate, York and chance to see how the court is also an emphasis on getting Sheffield are nearby and are good operates and how cases are dealt to know your colleagues. The level locations to live, if you don’t want with. I have attended many of guidance from and access to live in Leeds. conferences with counsel and to partners and senior associates The Leeds Junior Lawyers experts to discuss the cases is high,’ says James. Division (JLD) organises events for we are working on and plan As well as the many bars and junior lawyers in and around Leeds the future stages.’ clubs there are also a lot of sporting and Yorkshire and accepts members venues to watch the likes of Leeds from as far afield as Sheffield andGreat atmosphere United, Leeds Rhinos or the cricket York. There are three aspects to theDuring your lifetime, you’ll at Headingley. Leeds is also very work of the Leeds JLD, with socialprobably spend more time with close to the countryside and events, charity activities andyour colleagues than with your a short drive will take you away education forming an important from the bustle of the city centre part of its work. Firms to consider into the picturesque and calming Walker Morris Yorkshire Dales. Find out more DLA Piper UK LLP There are plenty of options when www.leedsjld.com looking for somewhere to live and www.leedslawsociety.org.uk
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 21 Advice and guidance Where to train Where to trainLiverpoolMany of Liverpool’s law get reduced rates for training, invitations to social eventsfirms can be found in the and a copy of the Society’srejuvenated commercial monthly magazine. ‘As a student, there wasdistrict which now always something to do and thefunctions as the business same is true here for graduates. I discovered from an early stage Solicitorshub of the city while studying law that it is important to get involved withMillions of pounds worth your peers and fellow professionalsof investment has seen the city and there are lots of opportunitiesevolve at a phenomenal rate to do this in Liverpool,’ says Charlie.over the last ten years. This has More informally, Charlotteresulted in big name firms highlights the fact that trainees tendmoving to Liverpool, a city that to socialise together after work.is now described as vibrant and ‘There is an eclectic mix Further studycontemporary with a welcoming Having undergone working but, at the same time, the of nightlife in Liverpool which a huge amount level of work rivals other UK cities,’attitude. is very close together and near of regeneration it ‘Liverpool is a fabulous place she explains. to the commercial district. One is a city burstingfor a young lawyer to live and with prosperity, Join an organisation minute you can be in a karaokework. Having undergone a huge opportunity and bar and the next minute sipping A number of organisations are culture cocktails at an exclusive restaurant.’amount of regeneration it is available to trainees in Liverpoola city bursting with prosperity, to help them settle into the sector. Liverpudlian charmopportunity and culture,’ says There is the Merseyside Junior The city has the most museumsCharlotte McHugh, a trainee Lawyers Division (MJLD), and art galleries in the UK aftersolicitor at Hill Dickinson LLP. Merseyside Young Professionals London, with the Albert Dock and Charlotte studied law at the (MYP) group and The Liverpool Pier Head home to the Merseyside BarristersUniversity of Liverpool and, after Law Society. Maritime Museum and the Threerealising the potential for trainees, ‘The MJLD and The Liverpool Graces (the three Edwardianshe decided to stay on in the city. Law Society both offer students, buildings that line the waterfront ‘The legal sector is quite small trainees and newly qualified and include the Liver Building).which means that you get to know lawyers a variety of events ranging ‘The people that live in Liverpoolyour competition well. It also from professional training to sports love living here and are proudmeans that you are able to offer and social events. All of which of their city and their home. Youmore to your client because you help to provide networking always hear people say how niceknow what else is out there. The opportunities,’ says Charlie it is to ‘get out of London’ whereasbenefit of this is that you receive Mahoney, a trainee solicitor people cannot wait to get to Alternativean intimate style of training and at MSB Solicitors. Liverpool,’ says Charlotte. careers The Liverpool Law Society has more than 2,000 members Find out more A firm to consider in practice; making it one www.liverpoollawsociety.org.uk DLA Piper UK LLP of the largest local Law Societies www.merseysidejld.org.uk in England and Wales. Members www.myp.org.uk
22 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainLondonWhen it comes to training I have assisted on large multi- jurisdictional matters in both thecontracts, aspiring solicitors High Court and the Court of Appeal,across the country see the liaising with fee earners from all levels of the firm, junior counsellarge City firms as a golden and QCs: it’s opportunities liketicket to success these that allow you to really develop your skills as a lawyer,’ saysMost large London firms are Joanne Carter, a trainee at Edwardsfull service with an emphasis Wildman Palmer UK LLP .on corporate and commercial Socially diversework. The work at these large firms Joanne believes that while theis complex and international, with quality of training in Londona client list drawn from the ranks is second to none, there is alsoof the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100, plenty to do outside of work.as well as major private ‘There are endless opportunitiescorporations. to tempt you away from your ‘I have greatly enjoyed working desk. The London social sceneas part of a team on major is a vibrant and diverse one, andtransactions for multinational having a great group of traineesFTSE 100 clients. It is really exciting to socialise with means thereseeing an article about the matter is never a dull moment to be had.’on which you have been working This is a sentiment which Exposure to high- training contract with a City firmon the front page of the Financial is echoed by Emily, ‘There is always profile work is a therefore provides an enormousTimes in the morning,’ says Emily real benefit of something going on in London. amount of opportunities From sporting events, to concerts,Soothill, trainee solicitor at Herbert training at a City firm and trainees to do internationally focused exhibitions and festivals; you areSmith LLP. will often work work,’ explains Emily. never lost for something to do anyPrestigious clients as part of large The size of London firms may day of the week.Exposure to high-profile work teams on major prove intimidating for some, ‘In addition, London is so well transactionsis a real benefit of training at a City but organisational structures connected in terms of transportfirm and trainees will often work are generally broken down that it is really easy to get awayas part of large teams on major at department level, and and spend a weekend in Paristransactions. each department will have or Barcelona. ‘London is not only the financial a mentoring programme. ‘London is a young person’sand business centre of the UK, ‘The first year of my training city which makes it a really excitingbut also one the world’s finance contract has seen me complete place to live. The size of Londonand business hubs. Doing your a seat in our commercial litigation also means that it is great for department and go on a client exploring and there is always Firms to consider secondment to a global energy somewhere new to discover, and petrochemical company. whether it’s a bar or restaurant Dundas Wilson ‘The level of autonomy and or just an area of London that you Osborne Clarke responsibility I have been have not been to yet,’ adds Emily. Allen Overy LLP Shoosmiths afforded, in addition to the DLA Piper UK LLP high-quality of work, has far Find out more exceeded my expectations. www.lylg.org.uk
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 23 Advice and guidance Where to train Trainee profile have been open to me elsewhere. Thirdly, the relatively small size of the trainee intakes appealed as I felt it would allow Amy Watt is a trainee at Shearman Sterling the trainees to become a tight-knit group and an excellent LLP in London. Before this she studied classics source of support. When I spoke to trainees while I was doing my research, at the University of St Andrews Where to train I was attracted to the opportunities they had had to become an integral part of the deal team, given as much responsibility The idea of working within as they could manage. For me, one of the most attractive a team really appealed aspects of Shearman’s was how down to earth and friendly to me, as well as the range everyone was when I came for my interviews – it was a totally of practice areas to choose different experience to previous assessment days and I felt very from. The various activities comfortable straight away. Since joining the firm, everything lawyers get involved with I read about and saw before has certainly come true. are also attractive – be it No two days are ever really the same at Shearman Sterling. advising, negotiating, Tasks that I have been involved with include initial drafts drafting documents – you’ll of agreements, telephone calls to local counsel to discuss never be doing the same local law points, conducting initial reviews of documents sent Solicitors thing day in, day out. to us by the other side and, of course, the inevitable proof I was attracted to Shearman Sterling for several reasons. reading. The most enjoyable thing so far has been feeling Firstly, the reputation the firm has as one of the top my confidence growing as I gain more experience, and international law firms in the world reassured me that the feeling like part of a team. It really is a great feeling when training I would receive would be second to none. Secondly, you have put a lot of effort into a piece of work and the the international aspect of the firm showed that there would senior lawyers you are working with take the time be opportunities to work overseas that would not necessarily to acknowledge your contribution. Further study Essential information Starting salary £39,000. Number of training contracts 12 - 15. Degrees sought 2:1 from any background. Shearman Sterling is recognised as exposure to transactional work, while the Vacation placements Yes. one of the leading international remaining two can be selected from our Benefits Full sponsorship towards GDL corporate and commercial law firms in other practice groups. The international Barristers and LPC, with a maintenance grant. London. Our ability to offer integrated nature of the firm may allow for one of Competitive benefits on joining. English and US legal advice across a the seats to be completed overseas, in Location London and worldwide. broad range of practices has made us locations such as Singapore, Abu Dhabi, one of the most successful US firms in New York, Brussels or Hong Kong. Contact us the UK market. Trainees have now been Who should apply? Shearman Sterling LLP a part of this success story for more than Candidates should be ambitious, email@example.com 10 years, and continue to play a pivotal personable and intelligent; determined to role in the growth of the firm. become a first-class lawyer in a first-class How to apply Training contract firm. Applicants need to have a Application details Apply online at Alternative Our training contract is divided across minimum of AAB at A-level (or www.shearman.com careers four seats, each of six months. Two of the international equivalent) and be Closing date seats will be completed in our core expecting/have achieved a 2:1 degree at 31 July 2013 practice areas: European Corporate, undergraduate level. We accept Global Finance, or Project Development applications from both law and non-law Finance, giving trainees excellent graduates.
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 25 Advice and guidance Where to trainManchester Where to trainTrainees are exposed endless live music. Everything is close to suburbia and theto large national firms and countryside should you wishsmall niche organisations to escape from the busy city. ‘Manchester plays host to a first-in Manchester, the North rate sporting scene, many of theWest’s largest legal centre biggest football, cricket and rugby clubs are located nearby and the‘Despite the weather, the North city often stages international Solicitors West is a fantastic place to be. events. There are also many As a trainee in a city, living costs opportunities to get involved in can be daunting, but living sporting activities such as the in Manchester city centre annual BUPA Manchester 10km is affordable and home to a vibrant run,’ says Helen Porter, a paralegal nightlife, range of shops and at Shoosmiths. a diverse and friendly culture,’ There are a whole host of social says Helen Pantelides, trainee benefits to training in Manchester, solicitor at Shoosmiths. too. It has the country’s largest Further study One of the fastest growing Trainee Solicitors Group and there economies in the UK, Manchester are plenty of social events to get continues to flourish commercially. involved in. These include sports It is home to a thriving legal tournaments, quiz nights, masked community which regularly balls and also cupcake decorating. attracts multi-million pound deals. There’s also a social committee There is a real diversity of firms called FELT which is dedicated in Manchester, with many of the With excellent ‘Many people have the idea that to hosting social events for major national players having career prospects working in the North West rather members from firms with eight and a lively social or less trainees. offices here, as well as a variety than London means that you are life, Manchester is of smaller niche firms. involved in lower-quality work and ‘The Manchester Trainee the perfect place Solicitors Group (MTSG) organises Barristers ‘Manchester is an exciting to complete your smaller deals; however this isn’t the and thriving city to work in. training contract case. As a trainee in Manchester, frequent events for trainees The Spinningfields area where I have been involved in a number to attend providing a great way Shoosmiths is located is at the of high-value transactions for to socialise with trainees from your commercial heart of the city with household names,’ says Helen. own firm, and also to meet trainees many firms based here, including ‘I am always given the opportunity at other firms in Manchester, big Deloitte, Barclays, RBS, and other to be a part of the big deals, which and small. There are also a number law firms; there are also many bars may not always be true with law of other professional networking and restaurants located nearby, groups to join. firms in London.’ which creates a great opportunity ‘With excellent career prospects Northern charm and a lively social life, Manchester Alternative to meet other professionals. There are great bars for every taste is the perfect place to complete careers and budget; innumerable places your training contract,’ adds Helen. Firms to consider to eat; different areas to suit Shoosmiths different moods; greenery; canals; Find out more DLA Piper UK LLP free art galleries and museums; www.mtsgroup.org.uk intricate period architecture and www.manchesterlawsociety.org.uk
26 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainLaw in ScotlandThe legal professionin Scotland is respectedaround the world and hasno trouble attracting thesharpest graduatesThe vast majority of solicitorsfollow the three stage routeto qualification in Scotland whichconsists of the LLB (the law degree),the Diploma in Professional LegalPractice and finally a two-yeartraineeship.The law degreeScots law (the LLB) can be studiedas a first degree in ten highereducation institutions in Scotland.The single honours law degree,which is taken by the majorityof students, takes four years.The ordinary degree takes three, Scots law (the LLB) in Professional Legal Practice. The final stage in the route can be studied This is the vocational stage to qualification is PEAT 2and the accelerated ordinary as a first degreedegree, for those with a first degree of learning and is designed – Professional Education and in ten higherin another discipline, takes two. education to bridge the gap between theory Training Stage 2, the work-basedIt is also possible to study law institutions and practice, helping to prepare or in-office stage. PEAT 2, also in Scotland for life within the legal profession. known as the traineeship, sharesas a joint honours degreeat several institutions. The Diploma can currently the outcomes of PEAT 1 but this While all universities offering be undertaken at six universities is where the knowledge, skills,the LLB in Scotland are accredited in Scotland. attitudes and values taughtby the Law Society, the subjectsand courses vary at each provider.You should contact the university Alternative routeto find out what it offers. For those who do not wish to obtain an LLB degree, an alternative route to qualification exists.Visit www.lawscot.org.uk/ This involves entering into a three year pre-diploma training contract with a Scottish solicitor andbecomingasolicitor for details studying for the Society’s professional exams.of universities offering the LLB. People who take this alternative route are still required to obtain a Diploma in Professional LegalProfessional education and training Practice and to undertake a two-year post-diploma traineeship. This route was reviewed and thereIn the final year of the LLB students is a commitment to retain it until a replacement can be found. However, it is likely that within theneed to consider whether they wish next few years the emphasis of the pre-diploma training contract will change significantly to reflect changes elsewhere on the route to qualification. It is likely that these changes will be coupled withto apply for the next stage of the other flexible options for entrance to the solicitors’ profession.route to qualification – Professional In Scotland, there is no equivalent to England and Wales’ law conversion course.Education and Training Stage 1,also known as the Diploma
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 27 Advice and guidance Where to train Where to trainin PEAT 1 are honed in the training, called ‘devilling’, withworking environment. an experienced advocate, as well as sitting the Faculty of Advocates’Traineeships written examinations in evidence,The number of traineeships practice and procedure.registered in 2011 was 488, Although it is possible to proceeda decrease of 8% from the numbers straight from a traineeshipregistered in 2010. It should in a solicitor’s office to ‘devilling’be noted that there is no guarantee with an experienced advocate,that a traineeship will be available in practice many intending Solicitorsat the end of the Diploma advocates will spend time workingin Professional Legal Practice. as a solicitor to develop their skills,It is therefore vital to be armed with as well as building up a networkinformation as to what traineeships of contacts in the legal profession.do exist, and where to find them. The regulations as to Intrants, Traineeships can vary hugely which govern the proceduredepending on the type and size for admission to the Facultyof the organisation but all trainees’ of Advocates, can be foundwork must reach a required on the Faculty’s website. Any Further studystandard. Traineeships are usually changes to the regulations willundertaken in private practice, be updated on that site.but can also be found in the public It is vital to be Adverts for traineeships are Advised by Fiona Kennedy,sector, for example, the Crown armed with posted with law schools; university information careers consultant, Robert GordonOffice and local authorities. careers services; the Law Society University and Heather McKendrick, as to whatAdditionally, a few are offered traineeships of Scotland’s online recruitment development officer, educationby large commercial organisations, do exist, and website www.lawscotjobs.co.uk; and training, The Law Societyparticularly financial companies. where to find in law careers magazines and them of Scotland The larger law firms generally directories; on firms’ websites, andrecruit early in the final year in newspapers. Be aware that manyof the degree course and in 2011, smaller firms do not advertise, Find out more Law Society of Scotland website,accounted for 53% of the trainee Barristers and you’ll need to be proactive with a database of all Scottishplaces, so you need to start thinking in seeking a traineeship. law firms and solicitorsearly about the sort of traineeship Qualifying as an advocate www.lawscot.org.ukyou would prefer. As competition Currently, the first stages Law Society of Scotland databaseis often fierce, you should use to qualification as an advocate of traineeship and summeruniversity holidays to gain as much after completing a Scots law placement opportunitiesrelevant experience as possible. degree are essentially the same www.lawscotjobs.co.uk/traineeshipsA range of organisations, including as for an intending solicitor (andsmaller law firms and local Searchable Legal 500 will change in line with theauthorities, recruit later in the final www.legal500.com/c/scotland/ changes to the route to Alternativeyear, or during the Diploma year. overview/regional-review qualification for solicitors). careers Graduates first have to complete Faculty of Advocates Firms to consider the Diploma in Professional Legal www.advocates.org.uk Dundas Wilson Practice, followed by a period Scottish Legal Aid Board – searchable DLA Piper UK LLP of training in a solicitor’s office. database of legal aid firms This is followed by further unpaid www.slab.org.uk
28 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Where to trainHigh street lawRather than opting to workfor large internationalcorporations manysolicitors choose thecommunity spirit andintimate surroundingsof smaller law firms.Could high street lawbe perfect for you?High street law firms are smallto medium-sized practices whoseprimary business is to provide legalservices to household clients.Those opting to train in a highstreet firm will often benefit fromopportunities to take on moreresponsibility much quicker thanis given to trainees in largerorganisations. companies don’t even have If you like help you stand out from the crowd, recruitment brochures. When helping people even if other candidates have Solicitors working in high then a smaller it comes to law, networking and a similar academic track record.street law firms deal with a variety firm could building contacts is essential be for youof issues including: employment Building relationships and often where you will findmatters; crime; debt; family It’s imperative that lawyers have out about opportunities.and matrimonial work and good people skills. If you like Arranging work experiencecompensation claims. Niche helping people then a smaller firm at as many firms as possiblehigh street firms also exist which could be for you. Clients will call is another good way to see whatspecialise in a particular area in to speak to you, so a friendly a company is like and what trainingsuch as immigration or publicly and patient disposition counts for contracts, work and environmentfunded care work. a lot. The ability to communicate, are on offer. It will help you The reason the work is so diverse empathise and develop working to discover which areas of highis because smaller firms serve relationships and trust is also street law interest you the most,a wide range of clients. This allows essential for those who wish something which you can thentrainees to build up significant to progress in high street law. emphasise in speculativeexperience dealing personally Developing these skills will help applications to firms, stressingwith many different legal issues; you to improve as a solicitor, as well your enthusiasm for the practice’soften more than those who start as encourage clients to entrust you specialisms. Make sure to researchtheir careers in larger firms. with their legal issues whenever each company thoroughly andDo your research tailor your CV and covering letter they need assistance.It is not always easy to find out to each one. What’s more, it will show yourwhich high street firms provide This experience should also peers and superiors that you aregood training and development. make you a more attractive a dependable and committedOften it is the large, corporate candidate to potential employers, member of the team who canfirms that offer talks at university particularly if you try to arrange be relied upon to try your hardestemployer days and many small several work placements. This will at all times.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 29 Advice and guidance Where to train Where to train Inside view something new or see how something works in practice Kate Baker is a trainee that up until now I have only solicitor at high street read about in books. Lanyon Bowdler is a perfect law firm Lanyon Bowdler, combination of a firm within which has offices its local community − small enough to be able to get to know in Herefordshire Solicitors a lot of the staff but large and Shropshire enough to offer a wide breadth of experience and expertise. I am a 36-year-old, mother- The training is excellent, of-four trainee solicitor. providing experience in As a child I was always everything from simple interested in law and I went to complex cases and issues, on to study it at university. with the opportunity to be However, by the time involved in something big. There’s also chance to see Further study I graduated I had developed a keen sense of social something through from responsibility and wanted start to finish. to do something which ‘made The firm is large enough a difference’. I then decided to have discreet departments, putting together my CV and Everyday I learn offering seats in many areas I would like to help people covering letter. I was so out something new or with money issues. I went see how something of law with the specialist from my law degree to training of practice having been with knowledge that you get with works in practice as a financial adviser, doing the same company for so that kind of set up. my Financial Planning long. I researched the firms The benefit of a firm this Certificates and then working I would like to work for in the size is that clients who have in that industry for a few years. geographical area that I would issues which cross boundaries Barristers I then moved to the National be able to work in. between different areas of law Farmers Union (NFU) as a legal The application process can be well looked after. For adviser, where I stayed for at Lanyon Bowdler was tough; a trainee, it’s brilliant to see 11 years. two nerve-wracking interviews how the areas of law overlap During my time at the NFU including a test... but thankfully and be involved in more than I decided I would like to qualify I was successful. just one aspect of a client’s as a solicitor. I enrolled on I am now doing my training legal needs. It provides the the LPC, which I took over contract, which I hope to finish opportunity to see how it all two years on a part-time basis at the end of February 2013 after works when you have a client to fit around work and my 18 months of training. who may, for instance, suffer Alternative pregnancy with twins. I have to say that in spite an injury and need a deputy, careers I contacted Staffordshire of juggling my home life, or may need you to reorganise University (where I did my LPC) training has been immensely their business structure and sell and asked them for assistance rewarding. Everyday I learn off or take on new property.
30 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsBecoming a solicitorA career as a solicitor canbe incredibly rewarding,providing many excitingchallenges andopportunities. Rita Oscarfrom The Law Societyexplains more about theprofessionCurrently around 87,973 solicitorswork in private practice, rangingfrom sole practitioners tomultinational firms and 13,968solicitors are employed bycommercial and industrialorganisations dealing with theirlegal business in-house. In addition, 4,665 solicitors areemployed in local government,advising on the services theauthority provides to thecommunity and 2,304 solicitorswork for the Crown Prosecution To become a Training contractsService (CPS), prosecuting most solicitor you need There is immense competitioncriminal cases in England and to have work The statistics for training contracts and,Wales. Turn to page 72 for more experience whichinformation on careers outside backs up your qualifications as a law student, you should start applying in the second year 121,993private practice. of your undergraduate studies. solicitors that heldRoutes in The two-year training contract practising certificates• A qualifying law degree, followed enables individuals to apply, in England and Wales by the Legal Practice Course under supervision, the skills in 2011 (page 90) and a training contract (page 43) and knowledge acquired during their academic and vocational 159,524 stages. For more information solicitors on the Roll• A degree in any subject, followed on training contracts turn in England and Wales by the Common Professional to page 43. in 2011 Examination or the Graduate Diploma in Law (page 80), the Legal Practice Course and a Most trainees undertake their training contracts in private 5,441 practice, but training contracts new training contracts training contract. Find out more are also offered within local and were registered in the at www.sra.org.uk or central government, commerce year ended July 2011 www.lawsociety.org.uk and industry, the CPS, the (increase of 11.6%• Qualification by CILEx route Magistrates’ Court services and from 2010) (page 74). Find out more at www.cilex.org.uk other approved organisations.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 31 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainGetting helpThe Law Society representssolicitors in England and Walesand provides support while they Trainee checklistare training and qualifying, andthroughout their careers. Law students (penultimate Law students (final year) The Junior Lawyers Division year) and non-law students and non-law studentsis the branch of The Law Society (final year) (conversion course year)that represents students, traineesand solicitors with up to five years’ Autumn August/Septemberpost-qualification experience. Research and apply for Christmas Interviews for training contracts commenceMembership is free and automatic Solicitors vacation placements (especially larger, commercial firms)upon enrolment with the Solicitors Attend careers fairs (see page 76) Check your eligibility for completingRegulation Authority (SRA). Find Start preparing your application for the academic stage of training and theout more at http://juniorlawyers. full-time CPE/GDL conversion courses procedures for completionlawsociety.org.uk using the online form from CentralAdvice Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk OctoberTo become a solicitor you need (non-law students only) Apply for (full-time) LPC course viato have work experience which Central Applications Board onlinebacks up your qualifications. December at www.lawcabs.ac.uk (almost Apply for Easter/summer vacation always 1 December) Further studyWhether you do a vacationplacement over the summer placements (see www.prospects.ac.uk/law) Take time to plan your financialor a day’s work shadowing, any Check early closing dates for applications arrangements for the courseexperience shows commitment. for training contracts, especially City firms Continue to research/apply for trainingTurn to page 32 to find out more (non-law students only) contracts, especially with small andabout vacation schemes and medium-sized private practice firmsplacements. February Use this experience to help you Submit (full-time) CPE/GDL applications Springresearch different firms and the by 1 February (non-law students only) Enrol with the SRA as early as possiblekind of work you wish to do in the but definitely by 1 Aprilfuture. This will help you to make Spring Accept offer of LPC placeinformed choices about the path Investigate alternative work Barristersthat you want to take. experience/visits Autumn When it comes to choosing Attend careers information events/ Start LPCa firm, don’t choose one simply fairs and open days Continue training contract applications/because you have friends who work interviews as necessarythere, as everyone has different May/Juneexpectations. You also shouldn’t Research training contractsplace too much emphasis on the Submit online applications for trainingsalary as you need to ensure this contracts (with large corporate commercialis balanced with the quality of work firms) commencing 2015. Most largeand how much responsibility you firms have a 31 July deadline for training Alternativewill be given. contract applications careers And finally, be realistic about thecompetition – there are jobs out Summer vacationthere but it’s hard work as lots Make full use of this time withof graduates are aiming for that work experience and travelillusive training contract.
32 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsVacation schemesand placementsWork experience offersa great chance to improveyour practical skills andlegal knowledge. Above all, itdemonstrates to employersyour commitmentto a career in lawPlacements with the biggestfirms are usually in the Easter andsummer of law undergraduates’penultimate year, or the final yearfor non-law students. Schemestend to last between one and threeweeks, with a few continuing fora month. A London placement canbe an expensive commitmentand beyond the big firms, The most Lisa Harris, human resources Enter into the spirit of whateverplacements are not always paid important thing (HR) manager at Manchester-based is going on – but remember youfor, so it’s a good idea to aim for about a vacation Ralli Solicitors, says work may find yourself being calledlocations where you can stay scheme is to enjoy it, it’s a fantastic experience is a great way of opening upon to make intelligentwith friends or family. experience a candidate’s eyes to the day-to-day conversation with a senior Schemes at medium-sized firms normalities of a law firm. lawyer so drinking too muchmay be loosely structured, requiring ‘Each firm has their own unique is a bad idea.you to exercise initiative to benefit way of handling cases, individual Many of the larger firms openfrom the experience. At the bigger style and working environment. for applications in the autumncompanies, your schedule is fully Experiencing the working and may have pre-Christmasplanned out for you. There will be environment within a firm sets closing dates for Easter andtalks and other activities to provide candidates’ expectations and will summer vacation work. Increasedan overview of the firm, as well hopefully help them target what competition for places in recentas involvement in the work areas of law they prefer.’ years means that schemes mayof one or two departments. The big firms usually make be brought forward to catch theShow your potential a considerable effort to put their very best applicants early.Vacation placements are your best side on display during their Traditionally, deadlines foropportunity to develop new skills vacation schemes, leaving the summer work experience tendand demonstrate your potential long hours of hard work to come to fall between January and April,to the firm. Indeed, many firms later. However, you will still leave several months ahead of trainingwould not dream of appointing with much more realistic contract applications. However,a trainee without experience. knowledge of the individual firm the best advice is to research earlyYou may be asked to carry out and commercial legal practice to avoid missing the deadlines.some tasks – perhaps reading than you had when you arrived. Lisa adds, ‘Keep your eyesand commenting on files or doing The social aspect of vacation open to every possible opportunity.some research. placements is also important. It is best to cast your search wide
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 33 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainand apply across the spectrumof large, medium and smallfirms alike.’Applications Inside viewBecause placements are Eleanor Markey is a paralegalso important, applications arehighly competitive. Some firms at Eversheds. She tells us aboutautomatically treat work experience her work experience and howcandidates as applicants fortraining contracts. Others ask it has benefited her so far Solicitorsstudents to apply separately fortraining contract places. I studied English literature and history Work experience applications at university. I didn’t do a law degreeneed to be plentiful, well researched as I was able to shadow a High Court judgeand targeted meticulously to each before I applied to university, which gave I applied for the Eversheds vacationfirm. Even then, it is possible that me a fantastic introduction to the legal scheme after the firm gave a talk at Theyou will not get a placement. This world and also reassured me that I could College of Law. Applying was veryis not the end of your hopes do a degree in a different subject and still straightforward; I filled in an application come back to law. form giving my academic results and workof working at a law firm. You can After I graduated, I completed the experience, then completed a situational Further studystill make separate applications one-year Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) judgement test. A few days later I wasfor training contracts a few and then the one-year vocational Legal asked to complete verbal and numericalmonths later. Practice Course (LPC). reasoning tests and, a couple of weeks Work experience in small firms I have a range of legal work experience, on, I was invited to an interview.is also valuable and students don’t from high street firms to pro bono work Getting work experience is oftenhave to wait until late in their at college, culminating in my vacation a challenge as everyone becomesdegrees to try this. Arrangements scheme with Eversheds. This more aware of how importantare often informal so it’s often It only takes was all incredibly important it is. My advice is to be proactivea matter of persistence. one successful in helping me to decide where and persistent. Non-law students also have application to exactly I wanted to work get you the job Attend talks on the widera chance in small firms, particularly − I noticed big differences impacts on law. While I was at The Barristersfor ‘clerking’, which involves going in each place − something you can’t College of Law we often had solicitors cometo court for their cases and keeping simply research, but have to experience in to give talks about specific topics, andnotes of what is said. Another for yourself. this extra knowledge made me much moreway of getting inside a small firm It is unlikely that I would have become comfortable in interviews.is to ask to work-shadow a solicitor a paralegal at Eversheds without Don’t get too disheartened by rejectionsfor a couple of days. completing the vacation scheme, as I was − the competition is so intense it is bound Once you secure a placement, offered the paralegal role after I’d been told to happen and it only takes one successfuldon’t be overwhelmed. Make sure I had been given a training contract here. application to get you the job.you are punctual, enthusiastic, However, I would recommend that The most important thing I wouldask plenty of questions and show anybody who is interested in a career in law say about a vacation scheme is to enjoy Alternativeinterest in all tasks, even those that tries to get some work as a paralegal. While it, it’s a fantastic experience. Don’t forget careersdon’t really interest you. initially I was eager to start my training it is an opportunity for you to see if you fit contract straight away, I’m now glad I have into the firm as well as for them to assess gained more experience and I am sure I will you, so be yourself and try to forget thatFind out more be a better trainee in September as a result. there is potentially a job at the end of it.www.prospects.ac.uk/work_experience.htm
34 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Essential information Opportunities 60 vacation placements and 90 training contracts. Training contract intakes March and September 2015. Vacation programme dates Winter vacation programme:Allen Overy LLP is an international office during the winter and summer 12 - 21 December 2012legal practice with approximately 5,000 vacations. We also offer an international Summer vacation programmes:people in 42 major centres worldwide. placement where some students will 17 June - 5 July 2013, 8-26 July 2013,Our clients include many of the worlds have the opportunity to spend an 29 July - 16 August 2013top businesses, financial institutions additional week in one of our officesand governments. We are renowned for outside London. Location 42 offices worldwide.the high quality of our Banking, Subject of study/qualification 2:1 The working environmentCorporate and International Capital predicted or achieved in any degree Life at Allen Overy is about more thanMarkets advice, but also have major discipline. just the work we do – our teamstrengths in areas such as Litigation and environment encourages professionalDispute Resolution, Employment and Contact us and social relationships. The TraineesBenefits, Tax and Real Estate. Allen Overy LLP Social Committee is responsible for One Bishops Square, London E1 6ADPlacements planning a variety of events, from intake 020 3088 0000The best way to answer any questions drinks and theatre trips to the annual www.allenovery.com/careerukabout life in a law firm is to gain first- trainee summer ball. There are alsohand experience and this is exactly what sports teams, a fully-equipped fitness How to applyour vacation programmes and open days centre, music rooms and multi-faith Method of application Apply onlineoffer. Placements are held in our London prayer rooms. www.allenovery.com/careeruk Essential information Starting salary £275 per week. Placement scheme opportunities Spring and Summer 2013: 60 vacancies Deadline for applying: 15 January 2013Our placement schemes give a taster to aim is for you to get as broad andwould-be trainees. They show you what it comprehensive a view as possible, over a Contact usis like to work at Ashurst and help you short period of time, of life as a solicitor. Ashurst LLPdecide whether you are suited to our Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, But its not all non-stop work. We London EC2A 2HAculture and particular working organise several social events where you t 0207 638 1111 f 0207 638 1112environment. They also enable us to can informally meet Ashurst solicitors. firstname.lastname@example.org talented people who might go on tobecome our future trainees. By the end of the placement, you will www.ashurst.com/trainees have had the chance to get to know manyThere are three schemes a year. At Easter, of the people who work at Ashurst. You How to applywe have an intake of primarily final year Closing date will have experienced first hand the widenon-law undergraduates and all Apply online between 1 November 2012 cross-section of the work we undertake.graduates. The summer scheme is and 15 January 2013. We will offer places And, most importantly, you will haveprimarily for second year law throughout the application period. gained a real feel for Ashursts uniqueundergraduates. culture.During each placement you will spend aweek in a different department,shadowing a solicitor and becoming fullyinvolved with his or her daily work. The
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 35 Advice and guidance Essential information Subject of study/qualification We expect 340 UCAS points at A-Level (minimum AAB) and at least a 2:1 degree (predicted).Baker McKenzie is a leading global law as court hearings. Expect plenty of social Eligibility Where to trainfirm based in 71 locations across 44 events where you can hear more about London The scheme is open to law andcountries. the firm and meet partners, associates non-law students in their penultimate and trainees. year of study (or second or third year forLondon Vacation SchemeThe Firms London vacation scheme International Vacation Scheme those on a four year course).provides a taste of what it is like to work The Firms international vacation International The international schemefor a global law firm in London. scheme provides exposure to all the great is open to law students only. things you can expect from working inWe have three intakes from June to our London office whilst also providing Contact usAugust. Each three-week vacation Baker McKenzie an excellent opportunity to experiencescheme comprises two seats, giving you email@example.com first-hand what it is like living andan opportunity to experience two of our working in another jurisdiction andkey practice areas. Throughout the How to apply Solicitors culture.vacation scheme training is provided to Online at www.bakermckenzie.com/familiarise you with some of our typical Each international vacation scheme lasts londongraduatestransactions and to help you develop key between six to twelve weeks, dividedskills. We place great emphasis in equally between London and one of our Closing date 31 January 2013involving you in ‘live’ work. You will be an international offices. Recent locationsintegral part of the team and attend have included Hong Kong, Sydney,client and department meetings as well New York and Singapore. Further study Vacation Schemes Barristers With ofﬁces across the UK, Stand for more. Here in the UK, you’ll ﬁnd CMS ofﬁces in London, Bristol, Aberdeen and Edinburgh – all of which offer unique a rewarding career in law challenges and rewards for ambitious trainees with the drive to succeed. could be closer than you think. Further aﬁeld, the CMS organisation of law ﬁrms has operations in 28 countries. For us, that means having the local and international resources to offer a truly global, specialised service. And for you? It means Alternative signiﬁcant exposure to multi-jurisdictional work, as well as the chance to careers explore different specialisms before deciding on which suits you best. Discover exactly how much more CMS stands for by visiting www.cms-cmck.com/graduates
36 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Essential information Number of placements 24. Applications open between November and January each year. Locations London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen.At Dundas Wilson students will scheme also allows the student to learnundertake a summer placement for three more about Dundas Wilson and gives Contact usweeks in our London office and six weeks the firm the opportunity to identify Dundas Wilson CS LLPin one of our offices in Scotland. During students who may be suitable for a 191 West George Street, Glasgowthe placement, the student will work traineeship. G2 2LDwithin a team in one of our practice Person specification 0141 222 2200areas. The student will be given We are looking for people who are firstname.lastname@example.org for a variety of tasks enthusiastic, committed and are effectiverelating to the ongoing work in their communicators. How to applypractice area. Apply online via Applicants should be able to demonstrateStudents will have the opportunity to www.dundas-wilson.com their motivation and interest in lawmeet a number of our partners and gain through their work experience, extra-exposure to other practice areas through curricular activities and in their personalseminars and training sessions arranged statement.specifically for the summer students. A persuasive application will have aThe placement is designed to give strong academic record, consistent 2:1 orstudents the opportunity to experience First in subjects at university and relevantreal work within a leading UK corporate work experience.and commercial law firm. The placement
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 37 Advice and guidance Placements Essential information On our placement schemes, youll be Placement schemes Total of 60 places given real work to do – not just group for law and non-law students, graduates, exercises. Youll be encouraged to postgraduates and mature students in introduce yourself to our lawyers to assist Winter, Spring and Summer holidays. them in their work and experience the Placement allowance £400 per week Where to train type of work you think you might enjoy. Closing dates (unless places fill earlier).Jones Day is among the world’s largestlaw firms (2,500 lawyers in 37 offices). Training contracts Winter: 31 October 2012Its 200 London lawyers (including 50 We operate a non-rotational training Spring: 31 December 2012partners and 30 trainees) offer the system designed to provide flexibility and Summer: 31 January 2013breadth of legal services expected of a responsibility from the start. You work Training contracts 15 places forCity firm servicing international clients: with any partner or team across different September 2015.yet the intimate office atmosphere is of a practice areas concurrently and are Trainee starting salary £41,000medium-sized City firm. encouraged to assume your own Closing date 31 July 2013 unless places workload. fill earlier.We operate a different training system tomost City firms. Understanding how it Applications Contact usworks and why we don’t follow the crowd Before you apply, study our website and Jones Day Solicitorsis key to understanding whether it’s right consider whether our training system is 21 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0DJfor you. Our placement schemes, right for you. Its not to everyones taste, 020 7039 5959operating like mini training contracts, but if you think it could suit you, the email@example.com show you how we work in practice opportunities are significant. www.jonesdaylondon.comand give you a taste of what its like to be Please apply online with a covering letter.a trainee at Jones Day. Further study A career in law. Link up. Barristers If you are ready to focus on developing trusted partnerships with premium clients around the world; if you want exposure to the widest range of practice areas, across the broadest spectrum of sectors; if you have the talent, energy and insight to make the most complex deals happen – link up with Linklaters. Our sights are set on becoming the leading global law ﬁrm. That is why we seek out the very brightest graduates to join us. So if you would Alternative like to develop your career in a culture that thrives careers on collaboration and innovative thinking, ﬁnd out more about our vacation schemes at www.linklaters.com/ukgradsPL
38 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Perform on the Londonbig stage Graduates are afforded early responsibility and work at the highest level within the ﬁrm. You will play a part in headline making deals for some of the world’s leading organisations, and enjoy many opportunities for international travel. But don’t just take our word for it – go online: ukgraduates.shearman.com ukgraduates.shearman.com Essential information Number of training contracts 22. Number of vacation placements 35 placements for up to 2 weeks. Salary £24,000. Locations Birmingham, Edinburgh,Growing steadily, with offices across the Your experience will be built around a Manchester, Milton Keynes,UK, Shoosmiths is a progressive, practical workload, complemented by Northampton, Nottingham, Reading,forward-thinking law firm, with a real technical and business skills training. and Solent.spirit of enterprise. We are committed to Over two years, you will complete four, Subject of study/qualificationproviding the top quality service our six-month placements, one of which Minimum 2:1.clients love, and which our people love could be an external secondment to ato deliver. client’s in-house legal team, providing an invaluable insight from the client’s Contact usShoosmiths is a full service law firm Shoosmiths perspective.offering you experience in a variety of The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton,areas, including commercial, corporate, You’ll be open-minded, forward-thinking, NN4 7SHemployment, real estate, intellectual creative and innovative, and be trained in 03700 863075property, banking, planning, and dispute a non-hierarchal, open plan firstname.lastname@example.org. environment.We allocate no more than one trainee to As a trainee, you will value a social life How to applyeach team, which means trainees enjoy outside the office. Work-wise, you will Method of application Onlinehigh levels of involvement with the team, care about the quality of service you give application viaand are given good quality work and to clients, and will want to make a real www.shoosmiths.co.uk/graduatescontact with clients. and direct contribution to the firm’s followed by assessment day. success. Closing date 31 July 2013
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 39 Advice and guidance Essential information Starting salary £300 per week. Locations London and overseas. Number of training contracts 90. Subject of study/qualification Any. Where to trainSlaughter and May is widely regarded as studies. To help cover your expenses, we Vacation placements Easter andone of the most prestigious law firms in will pay you £300 per week. Summer work experience schemes forthe world. We advise on high profile and penultimate year students. Christmas The schemes are held in our Londonground breaking international workshops for non-law finalists and office at Easter and during the summer.transactions and have an excellent and graduates and a first year open day for They are a very good way of learningvaried client list. law students in April. more about us and deciding whether orThe firm is organised into groups which not a career in law is right for you.undertake a general spread of work, Contact us We also offer Christmas workshops for Slaughter and Mayencouraging lawyers to work on an non-law finalists and graduates. A first email@example.com range of financial and year open day for law students in April. (enquiries only)commercial matters as well as developing Solicitorsexpertise in specialist areas. We are looking for candidates with strong grades at A-level and a high 2:1 at How to applyOur work experience schemes provide a Method of application Online undergraduate level.taste of life as a lawyer in a leading City application form.law firm. As well as getting involved in Closing date See firm website for dateslegal work and conducting hands-on www.slaughterandmay.comlegal research, you will take part intraining, workshops and interactive case Further study Keep your target in sight Barristers Advice, guidance and opportunities for Alternative placements, internships and working abroad careers www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience
40 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsPro bono workPro bono offers the chance Clinics need to both address the situation and raise awarenessto make a difference while of the problem. Many law studentsgaining valuable experience may go through their time at university not knowing the fulland developing the skills scale of the problem and clinicsrequired for any credible are a great way of fostering and encouraging a generation of lawyerslegal CV who have pro bono at the forefront of their minds.Pro bono work is the delivery ‘An added benefit of law clinicsof free legal services and is the experience the studentsinformation to those who would gain from their time volunteering.otherwise be unable to afford the Law clinics give students thehelp they need and who do not opportunity to use the law in realqualify for Legal Aid. situations, to learn and put into Sasha Nicoletti is clinics practice skills they will need in theirand students project officer careers. It allows them to honeat LawWorks, one of the leading in and cultivate theirpro bono charities in the UK. She communication skills with clientsexplains that the provision of free and their peers. All in all, law clinicslegal advice has never been more help to create a more well-roundedimperative and is set to become law student, who is aware of theeven more important in light challenges facing the profession.’of cuts to Legal Aid. The second area, and one ‘The economic downturn has The experience immediately, there is something which is growing in popularity,meant that more and more people pro bono for everyone and every CV. From is commonly known as Streetlaw.are in need of legal advice, but work gives you working as a receptionist at a local Around 50 law schools in thelimited funding for free legal advice is absolutely priceless and Citizens Advice Bureau, to being UK currently offer Streetlawservices has resulted in those I would definitely trained as an adviser or working programmes with studentspeople finding it extremely difficult encourage any under supervision in a free legal putting on public legal educationto get the necessary legal support.’ student to get advice clinic. workshops for a variety The activities that students can involved The types of pro bono work of community groups includingget involved in are wide-ranging which students can take part school students, the elderlyand there is a greater need for pro in at law school can be split into and prisoners.bono representation in certain four distinct areas. The third area of work on offerareas including housing, debt The first is free legal advice is formal pro bono placements.and employment law. clinics set up by law schools, which ‘Many law schools have well- To start with, Sasha recommends offer students the chance to work established schemes with a widestudents look at the activities on real cases under the supervision range of organisations including theon offer within their own law school of qualified solicitors. Citizens Advice Bureau, humanor faculty. You can start your search Hannah Cosgrove is the rights charities and organisationsat www.studentprobono.net student director of the University involved in criminal justice,which houses a database of Strathclyde Law Clinic. She international development andof opportunities. explains why student involvement death row work,’ says Sasha.Areas of work in law clinics is so important. The fourth is miscarriagesWhile you are unlikely to find ‘The problem with access of justice and the Innocenceyourself offering legal advice to justice is only becoming greater. Project involving students taking
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 41 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainon criminal cases to help victims be very conceptual so beingof alleged miscarriages of justice. involved in pro bono work allows you to put legal theory into context.Initial introductions Working on subjects relevantOutside of the main areas of pro to your studies in your spare timebono work on offer at law schools is a great way of improving yourthere are other ways to get involved. exam marks, while adding anotherThe LawWorks website(www.lawworks.org.uk) lists current dimension to your learning.’volunteering opportunities as well Free Representation Unitas a list of ideas of organisations Another option for studentsstudents might like to try. interested in pro bono work Solicitors ‘When approaching any is volunteering with the Freeorganisation it is important to make Representation Unit (FRU)your position clear. Explain what in London. The FRU representsyou have to offer (for example, what clients who are not eligible forstage you are at in your legal Legal Aid and cannot otherwiseeducation and any previous work afford legal help.experience) and how long you are Volunteer representativesable to work for. Often it’s about provide help through the provisiongetting that initial introduction of advice, case preparation and Further studyand using that as an opportunity representation in employment, see it as an opportunity to practice Law clinics helpto secure some work-shadowing social security, child support and their legal skills,’ says Sasha. ‘The to create a moreor helping with legal research well-rounded law criminal injuries cases. important thing to remember aboutfurther down the line,’ says Sasha. student, who is Students in the final year pro bono work, whether you are aware of theReap the benefits a law student or a qualified lawyer, challenges facing of an LLB course, or those whoWhether you volunteer through is that as long as you are engaged the profession have started a CPE/GDL, LLM, LPCyour law school or decide to go in the project and do a good job, or BPTC are eligible to volunteer forit alone the benefits of pro bono you will be helping people while social security work with the FRU.work are numerous. practising key legal skills. For employment work you must ‘Some students do it because they ‘Pro bono work can also add have started a CPE/GDL, LLM, Barristersappreciate how much pro bono to your legal learning in the LPC or BPTC. Find out morework adds to their CV, while others classroom. Law can sometimes at www.thefru.org.uk Inside view Andrianna Yianni is student director of the Legal Translation Service at BPP Law School I chose to get involved in pro bono work to help improve my skill set for a future career in law. More importantly I got involved to meet new people and have fun, while working towards a good cause. Alternative The experience pro bono work gives you is absolutely priceless and I would definitely encourage careers any student to get involved. You should choose something which interests you, so you can get the most out of it and fully commit to the work. It is important to remember that pro bono is about helping people and it does not matter how big or small your contribution is it all helps.
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 43 Advice and guidance SolicitorsTraining contractsexplained Where to trainCompetition is fierce but there Normally they select trainees one year ahead, though high street trainees canare training contracts out there be selected at any point up to the dayfor the right candidate who before they’re required to start. Small firms also tend to take on LPC graduatesis prepared to work hard and as paralegals (page 78).do the research Before submitting their applications, it is advisable that students gain some work experience. Attending law careersAn agreement by an approved fairs and any presentations that law firms Solicitorsorganisation, a training contract provides give are the first steps towards findingtwo years of on-the-job training, at the out how law firms operate.end of which the trainee is qualifiedto practise law. The code At large and medium-sized firms, The SRA asks that law firms adheretraining contracts usually involve a number to a voluntary code when contactingof different seats – a period of time that potential trainees. After an interview,trainees spend in a number of departments candidates should be contacted within with clients and other parties’ solicitors,on rotation during their two-year contract. two weeks to hear the result. An offer undertaking research and attending client of a contract should be made in writing, Further studyStructured training meetings. Trainees often share an office and any offer of financial assistanceTrainees are expected to experience three with a senior solicitor and may also take for GDL/LPC fees should be madeseats – that’s three areas of English law. on their own caseloads under supervision. at the same time.In addition, trainees must develop skills Trainees are required by the Solicitors Candidates should only hold two offersin both contentious and non-contentious Regulation Authority (SRA) to undertake at a time. If another one comes along,work. Many firms, however, provide a Professional Skills Course during their at least one should be returned promptly.four seats, and a few operate a six-seat training contract. This is to ensure that they When a decision is made, candidatestraining contract. are adequately equipped for legal practice. should accept offers in writing and reject A contract with a smaller firm may The course covers financial and business others in the same manner.not provide the same level of structure, skills, advocacy and communication The SRA sets the minimum pay forand trainees might be called to take skills, client care, professional trainees. The minimum salary Barristerson whatever work needs doing. Some standards and elective modules. Before submitting for trainee solicitors workingfirms may be unable to offer the minimum their applications, in Central London is £18,590. Getting a contractthree seats, and trainees may be sent it is advisable that All students who want to apply For trainees working elsewhereon secondment. students gain for training contracts at large some work in England and Wales, If a trainee has some prior relevant legal or medium-sized firms experience it is £16,650. It shouldexperience, the length of the training should generally submit their be noted that in Augustcontract can be reduced. The maximum applications by 31 July, two 2014 this will be changing – from thentime that the training contract can years before the training is due on, employers will be required to paybe reduced by is six months. It should to commence. This means that a minimum of the Main Rate underbe noted that time is counted as half law students apply at the end of the the National Minimum Wage Alternativeequivalent, equivalent; therefore, in order penultimate year of their degree while Regulations 1999. careersto gain six months you would have had non-law students do so at the end of On completion of the training12 months’ relevant experience. their final year. A few large law firms have contract, firms cannot guarantee thatThe work earlier deadlines for non-law students. they’ll have vacancies for all of theirThe tasks that a trainee undertakes can Application deadlines can vary quite trainees. Some may have to findinclude drafting agreements, corresponding significantly among the smaller firms. permanent work elsewhere.
44 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsTrainingcontractsThis section lists the training contractsavailable at some of the UK’s leading firmsof solicitors. Remember to mentionProspects Law when applyingAllen Overy LLP ...............................................................................45 Linklaters LLP .....................................................................................53Ashurst LLP .........................................................................................46 Mills Reeve LLP................................................................................54Baker McKenzie LLP .......................................................................46 Osborne Clarke ...................................................................................54Burges Salmon LLP .............................................................................47 Reed Smith LLP ...................................................................................55CMS Cameron McKenna LLP ............................................................48 Shearman Sterling LLP ...................................................................56DLA Piper UK LLP...............................................................................49 Shoosmiths..........................................................................................57Dundas Wilson ................................................................................49 Simmons Simmons LLP .................................................................58Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP....................................................50 Slaughter and May..............................................................................59Herbert Smith LLP...............................................................................51 Taylor Wessing ....................................................................................60Hogan Lovells International LLP .......................................................51 Walker Morris ......................................................................................61Jones Day.............................................................................................52 In the know With deadlines to remember, assignments to complete and work experience to arrange it can be easy to overlook important information. So Prospects Law has picked out the most essential content to help you be successful in your career Throughout the solicitors section you need It’s important to keep your eye on the to look out for the ‘i’ symbol as this is where ball throughout the year and keep the i we’ve picked out useful information on: momentum going. With that in mind, • Commercial awareness make sure you’re up to date with the • Corporate social responsibility latest tips and are always in the know • Specialist practice areas by checking www.prospects.ac.uk/law • Social media throughout the year for news, advice • Law fairs and vacancies.
Advice and guidance Where to train Solicitors Further studySetting precedents,not following them.At Allen Overy you will have to be able to think beyond Barristerswhat has been done before. You’ll be supporting ambitiousbusinesses that are themselves breaking new ground andas a trainee – and even as a student on a vacation scheme –what you do and say will matter, both to your team and toyour clients.Visit www.allenovery.com/careeruk to see more. AlternativeJoin Allen Overy to do more. careerswww.facebook.com/AllenOveryGradsAllen Overy means Allen Overy LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings
46 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Australia Belgium China France Germany Hong Kong SAR Indonesia (AssociatedOffice) Italy Japan Papua New Guinea Singapore We’re looking for natural leaders, agile thinkers and Spain real entrepreneurs with the strength of character to Sweden quickly become respected ﬁgures in their ﬁeld. United Arab Emirates United Kingdom If you want to inspire colleagues and clients alike, ﬁnd out more about us: United States of America 020 7638 1111 www.facebook.com/AshurstTrainees firstname.lastname@example.org www.youtube.com/AshurstTrainees www.ashurst.com/trainees Essential information Starting salary £38,000. Number of training contracts 34. Subject of study/qualification Any degree discipline.Baker McKenzie is a leading global law corporate and a contentious seat, usually Vacation Placements London andfirm based in 71 locations across 44 within our highly regarded dispute International Vacation Scheme.countries. With a presence in virtually resolution department, together with the Benefits Permanent health insurance,every important financial and possibility of a secondment abroad or life insurance, private medical insurance,commercial centre in the world, our with a client. During each seat you will group personal pension, subsidised gymstrategy is to provide the best have formal and informal reviews to membership, season ticket loan,combination of local legal and discuss your progress and regular subsidised staff restaurant.commercial knowledge, international meetings to explore subsequent seatexpertise and resources. preferences. Contact usOur trainee solicitors are a vital part of Who should apply? Baker McKenziethat strategy, exposed to the international The firm strives to enable trainees to be email@example.com of the firm from the moment they the best they can be. We are looking forstart. There is also the possibility of an trainees who are stimulated by How to applyoverseas secondment, recent secondees intellectual challenge. Effective Online at www.bakermckenzie.com/have spent time in Tokyo, Brussels, communication skills, together with the londongraduatesMoscow, Chicago and Hong Kong. ability to be creative and practical Closing date problem solvers, team players and toThe training contract Training contract 31 July 2013 and have a sense of humour, are qualitiesThe two-year training contract comprises Vacation scheme 31 January 2013 which will help them stand out from theof four six-month seats which include a crowd.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 47 Advice and guidance Where to train Solicitors Further study In the know: Commercial awareness Barristers While legal knowledge is important, students also need an awareness of the business world and the trends that impact firms and the economy as a whole You need to demonstrate an • Research the firm; identify its Many candidates prepare for understanding of situations from corporate values, mission statement an interview by reading up on recent a business perspective and, in particular, and strategy. Know what large deals news stories in the hope that this issues from the point of view of the it has been involved with will demonstrate their commercial client. This is increasingly important • Take part in employer-led business awareness. While it is important that because firms deal with a wide range of games and workshops held online you know what is going on, it is even clients and solicitors need to understand or on your university campus more important that you are Alternative their individual requirements. Firms will easily identify those able to put forward your own careers To develop your commercial candidates who really have commercial thoughts about the stories i awareness you should: awareness compared to those who and help firms understand • Read and take a genuine interest have read the Financial Times on the how you reached your in the business news and legal press way to the interview. conclusions.
Training Contracts Allow us to give you an initial impression of who we are. Stand for more. If CMS isn’t a name that you’re familiar with, it’s time we brought you up to speed. Put simply, we’re the leading European organisation of law ﬁrms with more ofﬁces in Europe than any of our competitors. We pride ourselves on taking a genuine, client-focused approach to what we do – a style that has seen us work successfully with some of the world’s biggest organisations. And, perhaps most importantly for those of you looking for a graduate training contract, we can offer you exposure to multi-jurisdictional work and a guaranteed secondment opportunity, plus the support and encouragement you need to lay foundations for a lasting career. Discover exactly how much more CMS stands for by visiting www.cms-cmck.com/graduates
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 49 Advice and guidance Essential information Starting salary £37,000 (London), £25,000 (regions) with a comprehensive benefits package. Training contracts We offer 90 trainingDLA Piper is one of the worlds largest Skills Course is run in-house and is contracts and 150 summer scheme Where to trainlaw firms, supporting clients across the tailored to meet the needs of the trainees. places across our UK offices - London,globe with their legal and business Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, You will be given as much responsibilityneeds. Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. as you can handle and your progress willWe have 4,200 lawyers working in over 70 be monitored through regular Online applications onlyoffices across the Americas, Asia Pacific, performance reviews and feedback. www.dlapipergraduates.co.ukEurope and the Middle East. Trainees are also encourages to take part Closing dates in CR and business development Training contract 2015 - 31 July 2013Training at DLA Piper starts from the activities to develop their skills and Summer scheme 2013 - 31 January 2013moment you accept our offer as all professional networks.trainees have access to our online portal. We welcome applicants from all degreeUpon starting their training contracts, We do not want clones and therefore disciplines who have a minimum of ABBtrainees attend a comprehensive consider every application on its own at A-level (or equivalent) and expect, or Solicitorsresidential induction, following which merits. We seek ambitious, enthusiastic have achieved, a 2:1 degreethey undertake four six-month seats in and committed individuals, whose strong classification.different areas of the firm. They are given communication, intelligence andan opportunity to express what areas of analytical skills enable them to deal with Contact usthe firm they would like to experience the intellectual challenges of the job! DLA Piperand can apply to do an international and firstname.lastname@example.org secondment. The Professional Further study Essential information Number of training contracts 30. Locations London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen. Training PEAT2 training in Scotland,Dundas Wilson is a leading UK At Dundas Wilson we have a number of PSC training in England.commercial law firm with offices in practice areas which enables you toLondon, Edinburgh, Glasgow and receive a diverse and challenging Contact usAberdeen. traineeship. We make every effort to Dundas Wilson CS LLP Barristers accommodate your interests and 191 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2LDDundas Wilson understand the preferences when allocating your seats as 0141 222 2200business environment of all their clients. we appreciate there may be a particular email@example.comTheir in-depth knowledge and area of law that will appeal to you moreunderstanding comes from working with than others. In your second year there How to applyclients in their sector. They are highly may be the opportunity for client Method of application Apply online viaregarded for their legal and business secondments. You will be assigned a www.dundas-wilson.comexpertise in the financial services, mentor for each new seat, someone who Closing date Please visit our website forenergy and infrastructure, real estate you can rely on and advise you information.and government and public sectors. throughout your time in their practice AlternativeTraining and development area. careersDundas Wilson were recently In London trainees will complete theirrecognised by Legal Week and awarded PSC training and in Scotland trainees willBest Graduate Employer award 2012, follow the recently introduced PEAT2ranking 5th overall in the Law Student programme.Report.
50 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/lawEdwards Wildman is an ambitiousinternational commercial law firm Essential informationgrowing in strength and capability. We Number of training contracts up to 8.are delighted to have been placed thirdin The Lawyer magazines 2012 Degrees soughtInternational Law Firm of the Year Good 2:1 in any discipline.award. Combining the expertise of over Starting salary650 lawyers in 30 practice groups across 1st year: £38,000. 2nd year £42,000.the UK, US and Hong Kong, we offer Sponsorship and awardslegal services to clients worldwide; from GDL and LPC funding.the largest corporates, governments and Maintenance: £7,000 (London) orfinancial institutions, to high-profile £6,500 (outside London).individuals. Vacation placementsThe firm Summer 2013: 8. Duration: 2 weeks.Our key strengths are in private equity, What do we look for in our trainees?venture capital, corporate and finance We are looking for intellectually able, Locations UK: London. US: Boston,transactions, complex litigation, engaging and motivated individuals with Chicago, Ft Lauderdale, Hartford, Losinsurance and reinsurance and lots of drive and initiative. Excellent Angeles, Madison NJ, New York, Newportintellectual property and we have a communication and teamworking skills Beach, Providence, Stamford,number of other specialisms. Our lawyers plus bags of common sense are also key. Washington DC, West Palm Beach. Hongdevelop an intimate understanding of Great analytical skills and a rigorous Kong (associated office).our clients’ businesses: their industries approach are needed to provide soundand the issues they face and we pride commercial advice to our clients. You Contact usourselves on the exceptional quality of should also be adaptable, capable of Edwards Wildmanour people and the service they offer. thinking on your feet and relish solving London OfficeThe international context of our work complex problems. Youll evidence these Dashwood, 69 Old Broad Street, Londonoften involves cross-border elements, the skills and qualities through a wide range EC2M 1QSexamination of conflicts of law, of academic, work and life experiences. t 020 7583 4055international enforceability and f 020 7353 7377 Benefitsjurisdictional disputes. firstname.lastname@example.org • 25 days holidayTraining • Discretionary bonus scheme www.edwardswildman.comWe believe you learn best by doing. We • STL www.trainee.edwardswildman.comoffer excellent training with high-quality • Private medical insurancework in a more personal and supportive • Life cover How to applyenvironment. Trainees spend six months • Subsidised gym membership Method of application Online atin four of the key practice areas, getting • Subsidised cafe www.trainee.edwardswildman.comall the responsibility and challenge they • Stakeholder pension scheme Closing dates Training contracts tocan handle. There are opportunities for • Sports and social events commence in 2015: 31 July 2013secondments, primarily to clients and, Summer placement scheme 2013:from time-to-time, our international 31 January 2013offices. Our tailored training programmedevelops the technical skills and Application details Online application,knowledge needed in our practice areas. assessment day and interview.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 51 Advice and guidance Where to train Solicitors Further study Essential information Starting salary £38,000 in year 1, £43,000 in year 2. Training contracts Up to 75 training contracts for Autumn 2015 and SpringHogan Lovells is a leading global law practice areas during this time, to gain as 2016.firm, with 2,500 lawyers working in over much experience as possible – one of Vacation placements Easter, winter and40 offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America, your seats will be in either our corporate two summer schemes and a number ofthe Middle East, and the United States. or finance group, and another in one of open days offered. BarristersOur scale and capability positions us our litigation teams. You will also have Subject of study/qualification Goodamongst the global elite of law firms, the option of spending time in the 2:1 in any discipline.and provides our trainees with an second year of training on secondment tointernational stage on which to develop one of our international offices or to thetheir legal career. in-house legal team of a major client. Contact us Hogan Lovells International LLPOur international strength across a wide Training contract application deadlines Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, Londonrange of practice areas gives us a strong are 30 April 2013 for final year non-law EC1A 2FGreputation for corporate, finance, dispute students and 31 July 2013 for law email@example.com, government regulatory and students. www.hoganlovells.comintellectual property. This provides good Alternative Please apply online attraining opportunities for those joining How to apply careers www.hoganlovells.com/graduatesus. Method of application Online atOur two-year training contract is split www.hoganlovells.com/graduatesinto four six-month seats. As a trainee,you will move around four different
52 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Placements Essential information On our placement schemes, youll be Placement schemes Total of 60 places given real work to do – not just group for law and non-law students, graduates, exercises. Youll be encouraged to postgraduates and mature students in introduce yourself to our lawyers to assist Winter, Spring and Summer holidays. them in their work and experience the Placement allowance £400 per week. type of work you think you might enjoy. Closing dates (unless places fill earlier). Jones Day is among the world’s largest law firms (2,500 lawyers in 37 offices). Training contracts Winter: 31 October 2012 Its 200 London lawyers (including 50 We operate a non-rotational training Spring: 31 December 2012 partners and 30 trainees) offer the system designed to provide flexibility and Summer: 31 January 2013 breadth of legal services expected of a responsibility from the start. You work Training contracts 15 places for City firm servicing international clients: with any partner or team across different September 2015. yet the intimate office atmosphere is of a practice areas concurrently and are Trainee starting salary £41,000 medium-sized City firm. encouraged to assume your own Closing date 31 July 2013 unless places workload. fill earlier. We operate a different training system to most City firms. Understanding how it Applications Contact us works and why we don’t follow the crowd Before you apply, study our website and Jones Day is key to understanding whether it’s right consider whether our training system is 21 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0DJ for you. Our placement schemes, right for you. Its not to everyones taste, 020 7039 5959 operating like mini training contracts, but if you think it could suit you, the firstname.lastname@example.org will show you how we work in practice opportunities are significant. www.jonesdaylondon.com and give you a taste of what its like to be Please apply online with a covering letter. a trainee at Jones Day. In the know: Corporate social responsibility Gone are the days when law firms focused on how to make money. of your legal knowledge. Turn to page Now, it’s all about giving back to the community and the environment 40 to find out more. Community work: Mentoring Solicitors will usually offer their services in CSR you should ask at law fairs students from disadvantaged areas for free and this can involve anything and employer events about the type to give them an insight into business, from mentoring in schools to charity of activities that the firm takes part in. and charity fundraising are just some fundraising. Trainees are actively encouraged of the ways that solicitors can help As firms are actively encouraging their to participate and make a commitment the community. employees to take part, some will allow to supporting their firm’s CSR activities. Environmental work: This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Here are some areas of involvement: involves firms reusing and recycling activities to take place during working Pro bono: Many solicitors are involved wherever possible; encouraging i hours and will have allocated a number in offering free legal advice to those who environmentally friendly of days for this to take place. would otherwise be unable to afford travel and promoting If you are interested in getting involved the help they need. This is a great use environmental issues.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 53 Advice and guidance Where to trainThe firmJoin Linklaters and you become part of Essential informationone of the world’s most prestigious law Work placements The applicationfirms – a global network of exceptionally deadline for the Summer Vacationtalented, highly motivated lawyers Scheme is 6 January 2013.working as a team and learning from oneanother to fulfil our ambition of Sponsorship Linklaters meets all costsbecoming the leading global law firm. for the GDL and LPC and offers a maintenance grant for both. SolicitorsWe are pursuing our ambition byfocusing on building strong, long-term Number of vacancies 110.relationships with our clients, with our Who should apply Number of trainees 250.colleagues and with the communities in Linklaters recruits a diverse mix of the Number of partners 480*.which we operate. A truly global firm, most talented graduates from a wide Total staff 5,000*.Linklaters has 19 practices across 27 range of universities and backgrounds. * worldwide figurescities worldwide, giving you the Linklaters has high expectations of its Starting salary £39,000.opportunity to connect with a diverse trainees and recruits talented andrange of international colleagues and motivated graduates who expect a lot Subject of study/qualificationclients on a daily basis. As part of your from themselves. In return, we offer our 2:1 degree. Further studytraining contract you will have the trainees global opportunities, Offices Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam,opportunity to be seconded to one of the entrepreneurial freedom, world-class Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin,firm’s international offices or to the training and incredible rewards. Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt,offices of one of our clients, giving you Training programme Hong Kong, Lisbon, London,first hand experience of this global Non-law graduates spend a conversion Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow,dimension. year at law school taking the Graduate Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, SãoTypes of work Diploma in Law (GDL) and all graduates Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm,While many law firms are strong in complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) Tokyo, Warsaw.particular areas, Linklaters is the only before starting their training contracts.firm to have market-leading global teams The firm meets the cost of the GDL and Contact us the LPC and provides a maintenance Barristersacross the full range of corporate, finance Linklatersand commercial practice areas. This, grant for both. The training contract is One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQpartnered with our culture of innovation, structured around four six-month seats, +44 20 7456 2000teamwork and entrepreneurship, means designed to build your knowledge, email@example.com we have built strong relationships experience and contacts in a broad range www.linklaters.com/ukgradsPLwith the world’s leading companies, of practice areas and to equip you forfinancial institutions and governments your long-term career. You will receive How to applyand are asked to advise them on their excellent training throughout your time Method of application Full details ofmost important and challenging at Linklaters courtesy of the Linklaters the opportunities (including the Wintertransactions and assignments. You can Law Business School. Workshop, Summer Vacation Schemeread more about the type of work we do Alternative and our first-year insight scheme) are careerson our website available atwww.linklaters.com/ukgradsPL www.linklaters.com/ukgradsPL All applications must be made online.
54 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Essential information Starting salary £23,000 p.a. Training contracts per year 15.Mills Reeve is a major UK law firm time, you’ll enjoy the support of everyoneoperating from offices in Birmingham, around you. Vacation work Two week summerCambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester placement scheme in Birmingham, Work experienceand Norwich. Cambridge and Norwich. Our award winning summer placementMills Reeves services are delivered scheme allows you to get a taste of Mills Subject of study/qualificationthrough firm-wide core groups: Reeve and the legal profession before Minimum 2:1 in any discipline.corporate commercial, disputes, applying for a training contract. We offer Benefits The firm operates a flexibleemployment, family, health, insurance, two weeks work experience at one of our benefits system.private wealth sectors, projects offices in Birmingham, Cambridge orconstruction and real estate. Further Norwich. Contact usspecialist sector teams focus on Mills Reeve LLP Who should applyagriculture, charities, education, food www.mills-reeve.com/graduates Penultimate year law students, final yearand farming and real estate investment. non-law students and graduates.Training programme How to apply You’ll have a good balance between Method of application OnlineThe actual training you receive will be academic ability, interpersonal skills, application form.second to none and you’ll find yourself drafting skills, common sense, commercial Closing date 31 July 2013 for 2015working closely with some of the UK’s awareness, confidence, professional training contracts.leading lawyers. You’ll be given attitude and a sense of humour. You’ll 31 January 2013 for 2013 summerresponsibility early so you can find out demonstrate a keen interest in a legal placement.which areas interest you the most and career and in Mills Reeve.what you’re really good at. At the same A modern environment for brighter minds At Osborne Clarke we’ve created a bright, open and stimulating place to work. We don’t hold with stuffiness or pointless tradition. What does this mean in practice? A supportive culture that gives high-achieving trainees a fast track to genuine responsibility and face time with clients. If you join us, we expect bright minds like yours to solve problems for some of the world’s most interesting (and best known) businesses. Osborne Clarke is a place where you can shine. osborneclarke.com/trainees
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 55 Advice and guidance Where to train Solicitors Further study In the know: Specialist practice areas Barristers Each firm will have particular areas of the law that it specialises in. Doing your research to find out what they are could help you successfully gain a training contract You can find out what a firm’s specialist When it comes to your application that maybe you are sending out the practice area is by visiting its website you will probably list your modules and same CV to every firm or chambers. and attending law fairs (turn to page the grades you achieved. However you Discover more from the experts 76) where you will be able to ask need to make sure you only list the about a number of specialisms people directly. subjects that are relevant to the firm. including employment, intellectual Some trainees know from the start For example, telling an employer property and commercial law at Alternative the area of law they want to work that you received top marks in your www.prospects.ac.uk/law_specialisms.htm careers in and will choose modules and firms LPC electives of human rights and Learn what the work involves, who i to reflect this. If you are unsure you immigration is pointless if the firm the clients are, what the future should do work experience to find out doesn’t cover either of these specialisms. holds and the type of work more about particular practice areas. This will alert an employer to the fact the trainees do.
GRADUATE RECRUITMENT London Perform on thebig stage Graduates are afforded early responsibility and work at the highest level within the ﬁrm. You will play a part in headline-making deals for some of the world’s leading organisations, and enjoy many opportunities for international travel. But don’t just take our word for it – go online: ukgraduates.shearman.com ukgraduates.shearman.com
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 57 Advice and guidance Where to train Solicitors Further study In the know: Social media Barristers Almost everyone engages in some form of social media but are your The benefits holiday snaps and football-related tweets professionally appropriate? • Up-to-date information on the sector and individual firms Many students worry that firms and locked down your privacy, so that only • The opportunity to research firms chambers will use social media as part your friends can see your profile. and interviewers through LinkedIn of the assessment process. In the You need to consider carefully which • You can network and develop majority of instances this isn’t the case groups you join on Facebook and who a professional voice by engaging and firms use these platforms simply you follow on Twitter. A good starting in debates to get their messages out there. point is to follow @TheLawSociety Alternative However, you still need to make sure and @thebarcouncil on Twitter. You can follow Graduate Prospects careers that you are presenting the right image Think before you type. The whole (@Prospects) on Twitter and join through these channels. For example, the world will be able to see your message, our Facebook group at best approach to Facebook is to ensure you have a sensible photograph and have make sure it is appropriate and presents the right image. www.facebook.com/ graduateprospects i
58 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Essential information Starting salary £37,500. Locations Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, HongDynamic and innovative, Simmons Who should apply Kong, Jeddah*, Lisbon*, London, Madrid,Simmons has a reputation for offering a We are looking for ambitious, focused Milan*, Paris, Rome*, Shanghai, Tokyo.superior legal service, wherever and individuals with law or non-law degrees (*Associated offices).whenever it is required. Our lawyers’ and look for a strong track record ofhigh-quality advice and the positive achievements from our candidates. We Number of training contracts 40.working atmosphere with fully are interested in finding out about your Subject of study/qualification Any.integrated teams working through academic successes but we will also Benefits Competitive.offices in Europe, the Middle East and explore your ability to form excellentAsia have won admiration and praise interpersonal relations and work within a Contact usfrom both the legal community and our team environment, as well as your levels 020 7628 2020business clients. of motivation, drive and ambition. firstname.lastname@example.org Show evidence of a rich life experienceTraining programme as well as examples of your intellectualThe firm offers around 40 training How to apply capabilities and you will be provided withcontracts each year and are currently Method of application everything you need to become arecruiting for the September 2015/March Online application successful member of the firm.2016 intakes. Our-six month seat system www.simmons-simmons.com/graduatesenables you to gain hands on experience Closing date 31 July 2013in four different areas of the business,working with other lawyers, gaining Application details Applicationsknowledge in different service areas and include remote online critical reasoningdealing with important clients. test and assessment day. Find us on facebook We’re known for advising and looking after our clients in an innovative way, so we develop our trainees into interesting, imaginative lawyers. From our groundbreaking MBA programme to international placements and client secondments, we make sure our trainees are stretched and experience business and legal worlds from different angles. That’s why at Simmons Simmons, you’ll see more, learn more and achieve more. simmons-simmons.com/graduates
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Solicitors Prospects Law 59 Advice and guidance Where to trainWe are a leading international law firmwith a multinational client portfolio of Essential informationmany of the world’s leading companies, No. training contracts 90.organisations and governments. Ourlawyers devise solutions for complex, Starting salary £38,000.often transnational, problems and Locations London and overseas.advise some of the world’s brightest Subject of study/qualification Any.business minds. As well as our Londonand overseas offices, in order that we Vacation placements 100 per year. Solicitorsprovide the best advice and service Benefits Funding for GDL/LPC, privateacross the world, we nurture long- medical insurance, pension scheme withstanding relationships with the leading life cover, £2,000 interest-free loan,independent law firms in other interest-free season ticket loan, healthjurisdictions. screening, childcare vouchers, specialFirm structure membership terms for Health Club, TrainingThe firm is not organised according to a subsidised restaurant and coffee bar, A training contract with the firm gives arigid structure based solely on areas of cycle to work scheme. thorough grounding in the practice ofpractice or types of transactions. We Further study being a solicitor, combining formalprefer to take a more client-led approach. Contact us sessions with a high degree of hands-onWe work, therefore, in flexible teams, Slaughter and May experience. Trainees work in a broadwhich enable us to meet the specific email@example.com cross-section of the firm’s practiceneeds of each client. Our largest practice (enquiries only) through seats in four or five groups.areas are MA, Financing and Corporate 020 7600 1200 Some trainees also spend six months Commercial. Our specialist groups, overseas. In each seat a partner isincluding competition, financial How to apply responsible for monitoring your progressregulation, dispute resolution, Method of application Online and reviewing your work. There is anenvironment, real estate, intellectual application form. extensive legal and commercialproperty, pensions and employment and education training programme which Closing date Visit firm website for datestax complement these activities. includes the compulsory Professional www.slaughterandmay.com Barristers Skills Course, plus seminars, discussions Application details Applications should groups and other activities covering legal be made using our online form which topics and skills. can be accessed via our website. Who should apply Applicants will be asked to complete a We are interested in applications from short form and to attach a copy of their Our lawyers have direct any source – over 60 universities are CV and covering letter. A full breakdown experience of high-calibre represented among the lawyers who work of exam results is required. international work and opportunities to work with, for the firm. A good 2:1 standard or better and on secondment to, leading from any discipline, not just law, is Alternative law firms around the world. important because our work is careers intellectually demanding.
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 63 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainInternational seatsAs law firms become that the move is as painless as possible by helping to findincreasingly international, suitable accommodation andsecondments outside providing guidelines on what is acceptable culturally.of the UK are becoming Getting to know colleaguesan integral part of most in another office and making contacts will be a great help when Solicitorstraining contracts you return to the UK. As not only will it aid communication acrossFirms will state whether they give the firm, it will mean you havetrainees the option to do a seat someone on the other end of theabroad (usually six months) in their telephone who can answer anyliterature and when you apply international-related law questionsto do your training contract. that come up.Careers fairs and open days are Outside of the office it is easyalso a great time to get more to meet other trainees on Further studyinformation about the secondment to a particularopportunities on offer. country, as a distribution list Be prepared to explain your is often circulated. This will helpreasons for wanting to work you to make friends and socialisein an office abroad and also with people who are in the samewhy you have chosen a particular International seats work much Understanding situation as you.country. As well as personal reasons the same as doing a seat back the cultural differences in It doesn’t have to be all worksuch as career progression, you home, with supervised trainees and no play. So, when you have other businessescould use examples of recent cases located in particular departments. and law firms some time off from work maketo help explain your choices. The type of work you are given and is important for sure you head out and explore Increasingly clients expect their the need for languages varies with a trainee the city you are lucky enough Barristerssolicitors to offer them guidance each firm and country. to be in.on an international level. Therefore, You may also be assignedunderstanding the cultural a supervisor/mentor back in thedifferences in other businesses and UK who will be on hand to help Find out morelaw firms is important for a trainee. you with any queries you may have. David Milner spent his second seat Try to maintain regular contact in Ashurst’s Paris office. Page 64 with your UK office so that you can Why head abroad? slot back into working life when Roma Grala talks us through her Warsaw secondment you return home. for CMS Cameron McKenna. Page 65 • To gain an international Socialising Alternative perspective on law The thought of spending six DLA Piper’s Victoria Pool tells us about her six-month careers • Experience a new culture months in a new country away secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office. Page 66 • Improve communication with colleagues from family and friends can put many trainees off doing Sedina Aidam explains about her third seat • Enhance your CV an international seat. However at Shearman Sterling LLP in New York. Page 67 firms do their best to ensure
64 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsInternational seats:Ashurst LLPDavid Milner did the GDL some little names on a business card. Not to mention the windowsat Nottingham Law School onto different legal systems whichbefore doing the LPC at BPP open up on an international secondment. During the sixHolborn. He is now a trainee months I worked on documentsat Ashurst where he spent governed by French, American, Dutch and even Finnish law. Oftenhis second seat seconded this would involve correspondingto the firm’s Paris office with other offices for their advice – which is when those little namesA few weeks ahead of the usual on your business card really starttrainee seat move preferences, I had making sense.to email the office which I wanted I am now sitting in commercialto be seconded to. While it is not litigation and in fact use my Frencha formal procedure strictly speaking, every day to assist my supervisoryou still need to set out the reasons to interpret the other side’syou should be selected if you want correspondence in an extensiveto bag a competitive secondment. disclosure process. So my I was seconded to the firm’s Paris secondment has been usefuloffice, which is situated between beyond my expectations.the regions of Madeleine and More generally, I am prettyOpéra. The seat was for six months sure that developing the habitas per other trainee seats at the of thinking in two languages forfirm. During that time I lived All firms to some degree you are continually the majority of the time is usefulin the Bastille area in a spacious are rightly outside your comfort zone, which training in the art of concentratingand luxurious flat. proud of their on several ideas at once without requires you to engage very actively international I sat in the international finance with your surroundings. I find becoming intellectually offices but reallydepartment and undertook it is in actually it fascinating being in a situation overwhelmed.a variety of work. While strictly going there that which requires you to challenge It seems very clear that businessmy seat was banking, I was also you grasp the your norms and assumptions of the future looks ever further firm’s globalconsistently involved in various a bit more rigorously. It is a bit like East. This generation of trainees scopeelements of real estate finance, learning to ride your bike again and those to follow will seedistressed debt, and restructuring without the stabilisers: once you’ve themselves on secondmentswork. So I was fortunate to tuck realised you’re okay, you’re away. more often and to much furtherinto several good slices of sirloin All firms are rightly proud flung destinations than thosede finance, with an occasional of their international offices but starting out even ten years agodash of translation sauce for good really it is in actually going there would have believed. This is whymeasure as the need arose. that you grasp the firm’s global I believe it is a brilliant time I found working abroad in a new scope. You start seeing it as much to be starting a career in lawculture extremely exciting because more than simply London plus at a global City firm.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 65 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainInternational seats:CMS Cameron McKennaRoma Grala is currently CMS takes pride in its international network and theworking in Warsaw as part unique service it offers to clients.of her training contract For me personally, the secondment has allowed me to see first handat CMS Cameron McKenna. how the CMS structure operates SolicitorsShe previously studied at in terms of how the international offices and member firms fitBPP Law School for her LPC together. A lot of the work done by the firm’s Central and EasternAt CMS, we have the opportunity European (CEE) offices is multi-to do our second seat away from jurisdictional and involves manythe London office. This can be done offices, which means that youeither as a client secondment get to know and work with peopleor an international secondment. from across the firm. Further studyThe application process involved An international secondmentme submitting a list of preferences is an invaluable experiencealong with my CV, and then having as you are given significanta brief chat with the graduate responsibility on multi-recruitment team. jurisdictional work. It does I’m currently on a six-month wonders for your technical skillsseat with the banking team in our and is a great confidence booster.Warsaw office. So far, I’ve worked I would definitely adviseon a project financing transactions, other trainees to undertakeand my responsibilities have an international seat, as it is a oneinvolved drafting and reviewing of a kind opportunity. It gives youloan documentation, plus attending An international day-to-day communication. the chance to gain a different Barristersnegotiation meetings. I’ve also secondment As I mentioned, I have the perspective on the type of workassisted the commercial team is an invaluable advantage of speaking Polish, you do, and experience the firm’s experience ason some projects, one of which you are given so it was perhaps a bit easier for international strategy in action.involved liaising with and significant me to settle in. However, you It’s also an excellent chancecoordinating advice across responsibility shouldn’t worry if you don’t to increase your confidence and17 jurisdictions. As I’m a native on multi- speak the local language because legal skills, as well as learn a new jurisdictionalPolish speaker, I’ve been able work everyone in the international office language, enjoy a different cultureto assist on Polish as well speaks very good English. If you and do some great travellingas English transactions, which do have any difficulties though, in your time off.has been an interesting, varied there is always someone in the Based on the experience I have Alternativeand enjoyable experience. office who can help. Beyond that, had so far, and given the firm’s careers The firm makes it easy to relocate, the graduate recruitment team strength in the CEE offices andas it organises your accommodation, is available by phone or email, further afield, I would leap at theflights and transport for your and they’ll do everything they chance to work in a differentbelongings. There are also language can to sort any problems as soon international office again if thelessons to help you with basic as possible. opportunity arises.
66 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsInternational seats:DLA Piper UK LLPVictoria Pool is a solicitorin the litigation andregulatory team at DLAPiper in London. Shetrained in the firm’sManchester office andcompleted a six-monthsecondment to Hong KongMy secondment was to DLAPiper’s litigation and regulatorydepartment in the Hong Kong office Having the something happening, whether that this is key in a firm like DLAfor the fourth seat of my training opportunity it was a trip to the weekly horse Piper to ensure that we can providecontract. I knew by this point that to work in one races in Happy Valley or a weekend a seamless client service between of the firm’sI wanted to be a contentious international excursion around the islands our offices. I regularly keep in touchlawyer carrying out work with offices really gave on a junk boat. The trainees and with several of my colleagues froman international focus which me an insight into secondees from other firms in Hong the Hong Kong office which meansis why I applied for the role. how the firm that there is always someone Kong also provided an instant operates on a The work carried out in the global scale group of friends and we spent available if I need to pick up thelitigation and regulatory team many hours getting to know phone with a query or work referral.in Hong Kong consists of a broad each other while enjoying the I was also very impressed with therange of commercial, corporate spectacular skyline from one quality of work which is undertakenand financial disputes. I was lucky of the countless rooftop bars. in the Hong Kong office for manyenough to become involved high-profile clients and cases within a complex cross-border Going global global presence and relevance.shipping arbitration which Having the opportunity to work As our firm is one of the largestoccupied the majority of my time in one of the firm’s international international firms in Asia, thewhile in Hong Kong. offices really gave me an insight Hong Kong office is at the forefront The Hong Kong litigation and into how the firm operates of burgeoning developments in theregulatory team, as well as the on a global scale. I was able to gain Asian market and it felt like a veryoffice as a whole, were extremely an appreciation for how cultural exciting place to be.welcoming and provided me and geographical factors influence Undertaking an internationalwith all of the support I needed the needs and expectations of our secondment really is a greatto settle in. I was quickly made firm’s clients. This is an incredibly opportunity in terms of valuableto feel like a valued member of the important consideration in a firm work experience and exposuredepartment, both in terms of fee where much of the work which to international clients, buildingearning and social activities. we carry out has at least some relationships with colleagues Hong Kong is a vibrant and international element. in other offices and, of course,exciting place to be for a young Undertaking an international experiencing the excitementprofessional. Making friends was secondment also provides the of living in a foreign country.easy as everyone is very keen opportunity to really get to know I would advise any trainee to grabto socialise. There was always colleagues in other offices. I think the opportunity with both hands.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 67 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainInternational seats:Shearman Sterling LLPSedina Aidam was seconded to experience what it is like to work in a large global firm in a new city.to New York during her On the whole, I found New York Solicitorsthird seat at Shearman a great place to work and live, the partners and associates I worked Sterling LLP. She is now with were very friendly and alwaysa one-year, qualified happy to help, which made settling in an easy feat.solicitor at the firm Working in New York gave me a positive outlook on theI did a BA in Jurisprudence before firm. Yes, you work hard (anddoing my LPC at BPP Law School. there is no denying that) but theIt was during my second seat Further study opportunity to work and learnat Shearman Sterling that about various companiesI applied to work abroad during is priceless. I was treatedmy third seat. as an integral member of the I was seconded for six months team and worked on many bigto the capital markets department deals. The contact I had with thein the New York office. During various parties on the deal hasmy time in New York I worked helped me to develop professionalon both equity and debt deals. relationships which still exist todayI was involved in reviewing and and is a testament to the clientscommenting on the Offering and teams I worked with duringMemorandum, drafting various my secondment. Barristersdocuments and often had direct Working in the New York officecontact with the client, counsel and as an international trainee wasauditors. As part of my role I often a positive experience for me.did due diligence which required An international something to see or do. For me, the I gained a number of transferableme to travel to various parts of the seat is a great best way to experience New York skills, both practical and legal, experience forUSA, which was interesting as the was to walk around the City. I had which was beneficial during both professionalcities I went to were often not and personal a 20 minute walk to the office my final seat in finance.on the tourist trail. growth each day (although on some An international seat is a great New York is a great city to live occasions I hopped into a cab experience for both professionalin and work but it can be a little and practised ‘hailing’ – another and personal growth. If the Alternativedaunting if you have not been worthy New York experience). opportunity is offered during your careersbefore – however, either way Our New York office is the head training contract, take it, as it is notit is an adventure not to be missed. and largest office of the firm, often such opportunities arise.It truly is the ‘city that never sleeps’ it spans 20 floors and is much The secondment will be whatwhich allows you to capitalise larger than the London office. you make of it so do not hesitateon your free time, as there is always This offers you the opportunity to get involved.
68 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsTraining fornon-law studentsFollowing a period of further Even so, law remains a highly competitive careers as soon as possible. You must field and non-law graduates must have applications for full-time conversionstudy non-law graduates are demonstrate their strong commitment courses submitted by the Februaryon equal footing with law to a legal career. before the autumn start date. ‘The important thing to remember Applications for training contractsundergraduates when it comes is not to dismiss any experience or activity in medium-sized and large law firmsto applying for training contracts you may have undertaken, whether related are taken around the same time to your non-legal studies, extra-curricular or in the summer. activities or non-legal employment. ‘For many prospective GDL students,Non-law graduates can offer employers It is important to remember that legal it is important not to worry too muchparticular knowledge and skills, for recruiters are looking at your potential about a perceived lack of legal experience,example, languages will be valued by firms to be an excellent trainee or pupil,’ but instead to think about what skillsthat handle international work and says Marc Steward, careers consultant law firms expect to see, the experiencenumerate degrees will be useful for tax at The College of Law. you do have, and then match the twoand banking law. Non-law students must seek out together. Who knows, some of these More broadly, science, engineering and vacation placements and voluntary experiences might actually have somemaths qualifications indicate a capacity experience (see page 32 on work legal angle to them if you think logically,’to make sense of the large amounts of experience). They should also attend adds Marc.information that lawyers face, while law careers events and talk to practising Law remains a highly competitivegraduates on the arts and humanities side solicitors whenever possible. field and non-law graduates mustmay have writing skills that are useful for If you’re thinking of making the switch, demonstrate their strongdrafting legal documents. you need to find out more about law commitment to a legal career Inside view Katherine Pymont is a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley. She studied English literature at undergraduate level and had a previous career in the media before converting to law via the GDL/LPC route I was attracted to a career in law Having completed my final LPC because it would enable me to use the exams, I started work at Kingsley Napley skill set I had obtained as a journalist as a paralegal in its criminal and regulatory – strong written ability, interpersonal department. Day to day my primary skills and attention to detail. It also responsibility was to prepare hearing had the added bonus of being part bundles. Shortly after I started I applied The decision to apply for a training of a profession, a structured for a more senior position as a legal contract at Kingsley Napley was not environment in which to work, assistant and moved over to this role a difficult one. It is a progressive firm and varied intellectual stimulation. in August of the same year. The role was with high-profile clients and an unusual Returning to a classroom after several one of general assistance with regard breadth of practice areas. There is also years in the work place was in fact to regulatory prosecution work. There a friendly and cohesive environment a welcome surprise. The GDL was is no doubt that the combination in which to work and the open door challenging but enjoyable. Of far greater of my English degree and experience policy operating throughout the firm concern was making my two-year as a journalist assisted me greatly provides the opportunity to integrate study break worthwhile by obtaining in these roles and also subsequently and learn from every team member a training contract. in obtaining a training contract. regardless of seniority.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 69 Advice and guidance SolicitorsApplications Where to trainTaking your time and it knows that you are genuinely interested in the opportunitieschecking what you’ve there,’ advises Charlotte.written can be the At the start of online forms there may also be an initial screeningdifference between landing question about whether you havea training contract or not the required number of UCAS points (perhaps 260 or 320 forIn their work lawyers must pay a leading firm). It might seemclose attention to detail and obvious advice, but you mustbe capable of precise drafting, be careful here. If you submit a mistyped answer your form Solicitorsso recruiters will reject forms thatdo not display these qualities. may well be binned. The majority of law firms have Questions demanding longernow embraced online application answers (often 200 or 250 words)forms, which can be accessed can be a challenge, so do a draftvia their websites. first and then paste it into the form ‘Using application forms allows itself. Always observe the wordrecruiters to assess candidates count scrupulously.fairly, as it ensures we have The rationale of long-answer questions is that firms’ selection Further studyinformation on the same areasfrom all candidates. If we just Show your questions. This structure is shared systems are looking for certain knowledge of the by applications for both training competencies or skills. They mayused CVs, it’s likely we would have firm’s strengths contracts and vacation schemes. therefore want to know how youto keep going back to candidates and its position ‘Before you begin to write your handled responsibility, workedto ask for some specific information in the market and in league tables application form, take the time in a team, solved a problem,that we need, such as GCSE results, to read through the entire form achieved something or gained youror details on extra-curricular first so you know what to expect. motivation for a law career.activities,’ says Charlotte Hannan, It helps if you prepare your answers A slightly different sort of long-recruitment officer, Shearman in a draft document first to avoid answer question asks why you Sterling LLP. making silly mistakes and this want to be a solicitor in that firmTailor and check also allows you to spend time or to do its sort of legal work. This BarristersForms vary greatly but usually really considering what should is where the research you have doneinclude some boxes seeking be included in your answers. Always on the firm comes into play. Showdifferent sorts of information about tailor your form to each firm you your knowledge of the firm’syou and a few ‘long-answer’ apply to so that the person reading strengths and its position in the market and in league tables. Relate this information to your Top tips motivation for a law career. Charlotte has this advice when completing your application: When you have completed a form you should check it thoroughly and Take the time to choose your firms and consider carefully the reasons for choosing them have someone else look through Alternative it for errors, too. Try to show a copy careers Check your form. Are there any spelling mistakes? Have you written the firm’s name correctly? Then get someone else to look over it so it’s seen with fresh eyes to a university careers adviser. When you are happy with the form, If you have any questions just ask. Recruiters will happily take your call and answer your questions, you should make a copy to keep so pick up the phone or drop them an email for reference if you are called to interview.
70 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsInterviewsBeing chosen for the what level they are at and how many interviewers there will be.interview means the Interviews can be competency,employer is interested in you CV or scenario-based. It could also be a case study or presentationbut you must now seal the where you are asked to lookdeal. Prospects Law asks at some information, prepare a presentation and then answerrecruiters what they expect questions about it. With regards to competencySamantha Hope, graduate and CV-based questions, it’srecruitment officer really important to know yourat Shoosmiths CV inside out and have a goodThe interviewer will decide about idea of what skills you’veyou in the first ten seconds developed. It’s important thatof meeting you, and most likely you don’t sound over-rehearsedspend the rest of the interview and part of this is ensuring youtrying to justify their first listen to the question.impression. So make your first First impressions countimpression count, and don’t in interviews, so make sure youforget the little things: have a good, firm handshake, Try to maintain instructions thoroughly and make can make small talk and present• Dress for success – think about good eye contact, notes at every opportunity. yourself in a professional manner. your appearance carefully. For posture and You are being measured against Try to maintain good eye contact, an interview or assessment day, body language specific criteria, not against posture and body language you can never be too smart, even throughout the interview each other. The criteria are throughout the interview. in a casual environment. You can often linked to the firm’s values, Firms are looking for you to have dress up any look with a suit so read up on these on the website a genuine understanding of the role jacket, and if you feel it’s too well in advance. of a trainee solicitor; they want much once you arrive, you At Shoosmiths, we look for to leave the interview feeling can take it off. evidence of taking initiative, being confident that they understand why• Make appropriate conversation within reach and being responsive, you want to be a lawyer and also with the receptionist – they see pulling together and talking why you want to work for them. everything; ensure they see you business sense. They also want to feel confident as a professional and suitable fit Overall, showing motivation, in your ability to do the job well. for the firm. enthusiasm and a willingness At the end of the interview you• Don’t have sweaty palms – no one to learn will help secure you a job. may be asked, ‘Do you have any likes shaking a sweaty hand, this questions for us?’ Interviewers will isn’t the first impression you want Puneet Tahim, graduate be expecting you to have at least to give to your future employer. recruitment officer one question. At this stage avoid• Positivity breeds positivity, at DLA Piper UK LLP asking anything that you can easily there is no room for negativity Before attending any interview, find out from the website and also in an interview. it’s always good to try and get about salaries/benefits – rememberAt assessment days you are not as much information as possible you haven’t got the job yet. Usebeing assessed on what you about the format and who will be it as an opportunity to find outknow, so much as how you think. interviewing you. If you can’t find things about the firm’s vision forBe yourself, listen carefully, read out their names, try and find out the future.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 71 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainMajor firms often run other demanding selection methods alongsideinterviews to help them gain a good impression of candidatesIf a test or exercise is added to an interview the whole event may last half a day, but often a wholeassessment centre is laid on with several different activities lasting a day or sometimes longer... Activity What’s involved? What do firms want? Get it right by… Get it wrong by… Solicitors Social events • Meeting candidates • Good interpersonal • Showing interest • Forgetting that and employees over skills as well as and enthusiasm you are still drinks and/or a meal showing an interest • Asking intelligent being assessed in the firm questions • Being late Presentations • Giving an oral • An ability to organise • Maintaining eye • Going off the topic presentation which your material and contact • Mumbling you may (or may not) speak confidently • Speaking clearly • Taking far too long have prepared in in front of an • Keeping it simple Further study advance audience Group activities • Working with others • Good teamwork skills, • Encouraging • Not saying anything to make an object or time management, other candidates • Not listening discuss a given topic problem-solving skills and their ideas • Running out of time and creativity • Being able to negotiate • Putting ideas forward In-tray exercises • Prioritising and • Candidates who can • Going right through • Not having a rationale suggesting action prioritise their work the tray before for what you’ve done Barristers on a pile of and who have dealing with any • Running out of time documents communication, one item analytical and • Being ready for the planning skills unexpected Personality tests • Assessing what you • To see that you will • Answering the • Second guessing are like as a person fit in with the firm’s questions honestly ‘correct’ answers and how you might culture and that you • Taking your time • Not answering react in different suit the type of law everything situations you are applying to do Alternative careersFind out moreInterview tips www.prospects.ac.uk/interviews_tips.htmTests and exercises www.prospects.ac.uk/interviews_tests.htm
72 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsOutside private practiceCareers in law can meanyou get to work for nationalor local government, forprivate companies, charitiesor as an in-house lawyerThe work carried out in eachof these domains will certainlyshare all the characteristics of‘conventional’ legal practice. However, it may also come withsome important distinctions.Lawyers working for theGovernment Legal Service (GLS),for example, don’t just interpret thelaw, but help to shape it. Around350 training contracts are registeredeach year in this area of thelegal sector.Local government jobsAt the start of their legal careers,few graduates think about workingin local government, but perhapsthey should. With more than twomillion employees and a clienteleof more than 55 million, localauthorities are major operators, Local authorities Getting a training contract Those fortunate enough to secureand their work creates a demand are major with a local authority isn’t an easy a job in a local authority can expect operators, andfor legal expertise. task. Approximately 100 trainees a number of advantages. Working their work creates Typical areas of work for local a demand for work in local government and hours are often flexible and holidayauthority solicitors include legal expertise vacancies are not always frequent entitlements are generous. Salariesproperty and conveyancing, or predictable. for qualified solicitors are generallycontract work, and litigation. With no standard recruitment £30,000-£40,000 upwards.Solicitors are also responsible process, local authorities actfor ensuring that councils do not as individual employers, advertising Working in-housespend public money unlawfully. in the legal and mainstream The work of an in-house lawyerWhere local government legal press. A list of authorities that for a company or organisationwork differs from private practice have been granted permission can be much more varied thanis in the opportunity it provides to employ trainees is available in private practice.lawyers to be involved in from the Solicitors Regulation ‘What you do in-house tendsformulating public policy. Authority (SRA). to cover the full range of legal
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 73 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainissues an organisation faces,’ in an external set of chamberssays Andrew Cossar, head of the and in a departmental legal team.legal team at the Wellcome Trust. The retention rate for those who‘There is a heavy concentration have successfully completed theiron contract and commercial law, training is high. Early responsibilitybut generally you encounter is expected and new recruitsa much wider spectrum of legal may expect to find themselves Solicitorsissues. With private practice you involved in ministerial briefingstend to specialise more.’ or helping draft legislation Most in-house lawyers arrive via almost immediately.private practice. ‘When we recruit, GLS lawyers command goodwe tend to look for lawyers with salaries but, more than thea good law degree and big-city law money, a flexible culture andfirm experience because they public service ethos are whatusually make very good in-house draws lawyers to the GLS andlawyers. But we have also recruited keeps them there, along with the Further studyfrom smaller boutique firms.’ varied and often high-profile What you do Generally speaking there are work they undertake. Applicants should expect to face in-house tends two types of GLS lawyer: thoseintense competition for in-house to cover the full Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who litigate on behalf of thetraining contracts, but those range of legal The CPS is the government issues an government, and those who advisewho do secure one, or even a job department responsible for organisation it. Advisory lawyers work withinas an in-house lawyer can look faces prosecuting criminal cases government departments, advisingforward to a rewarding career. investigated by the police ministers and policy makers on‘People say that the work in private in England and Wales. what can and can’t be done underpractice is more challenging than The CPS Legal Trainee Scheme existing legislation and helpingit is in-house,’ says Andrew, ‘but includes both pupillages and with the drafting of new legislationI think that working with training contracts. The number – right up to the point that Barristersbusinesses brings its own of opportunities available varies it appears on the statute books.challenges and I get every bit from year to year. They are usually Lawyers working in litigation teamsas much intellectual satisfaction advertised one year in advance represent the government in court.out of the work I do in-house of the start date of October the Whereas most commercial lawas I did in private practice.’ following year, so applicants need firms emphasise specialisms, GLS to have completed the LPC or BPTCGovernment lawyers lawyers get to grips with a range or be in the final year of study.The GLS is an umbrella of practice areas so GLS lawyers For more information seeorganisation covering the 2,000 have the opportunity to move www.cps.gov.uklawyers working across 30 central within and between departmentalgovernment organisations. legal teams over the course AlternativeThough the work of these of their careers. Find out more careerssolicitors and barristers has a lot The GLS offers both training Solicitors in Local Governmentin common with that found contracts and pupillages. Trainee www.slgov.org.ukin private practice, it is solicitors do four seats and focus Society of Local Authority Lawyersdistinguished by the fact that the on litigation and advisory work. and Administrators in Scotlandgovernment is the sole client. Pupil barristers will spend time www.solarscotland.org.uk
74 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsChartered Instituteof Legal Executives (CILEx)An alternative to a training criteria so that you become a qualified chartered legal executive,contract, the CILEx route you need to know what counts.can see you employed and Broadly speaking, qualifying employment includes carrying outearning a competitive work of a legal nature under thesalary quickly and then supervision of a solicitor, chartered legal executive, barrister or licensedbecoming qualified not conveyancer. Your employment canlong after be performed in a legal practice, in the legal department of a privateChartered legal executives stand company or in local/nationalalongside barristers and solicitors, government.and they can also become judges The costsand partners in law firms. In terms The Diploma costs up to aroundof future career opportunities, £2,200 to complete. You will thenchartered legal executives are also have finished all the academicable to run firms in conjunction training required to becomewith accountants and other a chartered legal executive.professionals. of the diploma. Students can Chartered legal In reality, to become a solicitor Commercially, chartered legal study at their own pace as the executives stand it will cost you around £7,000-executives play a vital role as fee alongside qualification takes nine months £14,000 to do the LPC. barristers andearners in many law firms and you to complete on a part-time basis solicitors, and Five years’ relevant workcan expect the work of a chartered and the costs are easy on the wallet they can also experience is needed to becomelegal executive to be similar to that when compared to undertaking become judges a qualified chartered legalof a solicitor, with many of them and partners an LPC. executive, three of which can in law firmsspecialising in civil litigation, Once qualified, chartered legal be gained while studying. It is idealcriminal litigation, family law, executives not only have a royal for law graduates who are workingconveyancing, public law, private seal of approval, but they can in a paralegal role withoutclient and corporate work. go on to become partners in their a training contract or pupillage. firms, advocates in open court In some cases, your employer willThe basics and enter the judiciary. pay for your studies, meaning theThe CILEx Graduate Fast-track One of the benefits of the CILEx Diploma won’t cost you a penny.Diploma offers an alternative routeto becoming a qualified lawyer route is that you can work andinstead of the Legal Practice Course study at the same time. Ultimately Find out more(LPC) or the Bar Professional you can create the win-win www.cilexcareers.org.ukTraining Course (BPTC). It is aimed situation of earning from the outsetat law graduates, who hold a law and avoiding any further study debt. You can start qualifying The factsdegree that has been issuedin the last seven years, who need experience before, during or after Excellent career progressiona postgraduate qualification your studies, but the final two years Starting salary £15,000-£28,000to complete their studies, have to be done after you haveby acquiring the legal practice passed your CILEx Graduate Costs up to £2,200 to completeand professional skills elements Fast-track Diploma. You can study part time over nine monthsof the qualification. To make the most of your earning Past law students have been potential and to ensure that you You can work and study at the same timeattracted by the flexible nature meet the qualifying employment
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 75 Advice and guidance Solicitors Where to trainInside views Christopher Frankling took the CILEx route I also found that the CILEx route allows law graduates to specialise in particular areas of law. There are many areas of via distance learning at ILEX Tutorial College. the law that I did not wish to study but through CILEx I could He now works in Basildon and Thurrock focus on private client and civil disputes. I was concerned that distance learning would be difficult, but the support was there Hospitals’ legal department if I needed it and I actually found self-directed learning more rewarding, and challenging, than university lectures. Solicitors Until my final year When I graduate, I could still dual qualify as a solicitor, but at university I had barriers between chartered legal executives and solicitors have not been aware that been broken down massively over the past few years and a vocational route could help so I am not sure if this is even necessary anymore. me after my degree. I had If anyone graduating in the future does find barriers intended to study for an LLM by taking the traditional route such as funding or lack at Queen Mary University of available training contracts, don’t give up. There are but I rejected my place always options and looking at the CILEx route to see because of funding issues. if it can work for you is definitely a good idea. Further study To start with I was torn I felt like I’d never gain that entry-level position, but I finally between the LPC and the got here and I am in an area of the law that I wanted to end up CILEx course on a purely financial basis, but as advancements in. Just as with university, put the work in and you’ll get there. have been made that allow chartered legal executives to enter It isn’t always easy holding down a 40 hour week at work and the judiciary, become partners in law firms and advocates in studying in the evenings and weekends, but if you’re not ready open court, the route became more attractive. for that level of commitment then law may not be for you. Jennifer George did the Graduate I was still impressed with the level of support that CILEx gives to students. Barristers Fast-track Diploma and is currently Working in law while learning has certainly made working as a secretary for law firm, a massive difference but the course materials are also very helpful and clear. I find all the revision materials Blaker Son Young such as the course summaries and the revision days to be extremely helpful and there is great support I considered the traditional through forums, social media and emails. training contract route but I’ve also had significant support from my employer a combination of tough who has paid for part of my course costs and, if I need competition and funding clarification on anything I am studying, they are more made the vocational option than happy to point me in the right direction. Alternative more attractive. I keep changing my mind about whether I will apply careers I studied law via The to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to dual qualify Open University, so I was as a solicitor. At the moment this is mainly due to cost already well prepared for but, as the status of chartered legal executives grows, distance learning. However, the reasons to do this are decreasing.
76 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Contemplating postgrad options? Prospects Postgrad Magazine Discover the benefits of further study with Postgrad magazine Available now from your university careers service or your nearest graduate fair www.prospects.ac.uk/postgrad In the know: Law fairs As well as offering a closer look at firms, fairs are an excellent You should start the day by deciding opportunity to present yourself to the ones you favour what you want to have achieved by the end of it. This might be to get answers to your Fairs are open to law and non-law first Attending a law fair will give questions from specific firms or simply degree and postgraduate students you the opportunity to: to collect information from a range of from any university. Students on legal • Make personal contact with organisations and narrow down your options. conversion (GDL) and vocational representatives from firms To make the most of the time you have, try (LPC) courses are also welcome. • Talk to current trainees about not to ask questions to which the answers You will get the chance to talk the process are already provided on the firm’s website to representatives from firms, as well • Find out about vacation schemes or in the fair guide. You could ask questions as LPC and BPTC providers. There are and training contracts such as, ‘What attracted you to the i also options outside of the traditional • Explore your options and job and this particular firm?’ routes including The Crown the type of firm you want To find a fair near you, go to Prosecution Service (CPS). to apply to www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 77 Advice and guidance SolicitorsLegal AidFor a career in law which wellbeing of children and those Where to train in danger of losing their homes.offers fulfilment, success Routes inand a healthy salary, hit To become a Legal Aid lawyerthe frontline and give means following the traditional route of university degree, lawsomething back to the school and a training contract.community Try to tailor your work experience to the sector, and consider LegalLegal Aid professionals work Practice Course (LPC) providerswith people who often need legal that offer ‘Legal Aid route’ or ‘public legal services route’ options. Solicitorssupport the most, whether it isdefending human rights, dealing Engage with your peers andwith domestic violence or people potential employers as muchheavily in debt. Legal Aid ensures as possible. A good starting pointthe equality of our justice system, is the Legal Action websiteproviding support to individuals (www.lag.org.uk), magazine andwho may not otherwise be able Twitter account, which provideto afford it. The system is controlled Legal Aid ensures information on Legal Aid and all Providing this service comes by the Legal Services Commission the equality of our aspects of equal access to justice. justice system, As with other law sectors, look Further studyat a cost. More than £2billion (LSC), which works in conjunction providing supportof taxpayers’ money was spent with solicitors and not-for-profit for relevant work experience or pro to individuals whoon funding Legal Aid in 2011. organisations to provide advice and may not otherwise bono opportunities. Be proactiveHowever, without the service, support. As a legal professional, you be able to afford it – research the organisationsmillions of people in Britain would will be giving legal representation and solicitors you are interestedbe unable to access high-quality and advice on a range of civil and in and make sure you knowadvice and guidance from trained criminal issues, such as dealing what you want to get outlawyers and caseworkers. with family break-ups, the of the experience. Inside view Barristers Jennifer Palmer completed her LPC in June 2010 at Liverpool John Moores University. In July she began work as a clerk at Heaney Watson where she is doing her training contract I knew as early as my school days that I wanted law. Legal Aid has enabled my clients to pursue a career in law, as I was often to be represented, ensuring there is always an advocate for those who found it difficult a degree of equality and justice. to speak for themselves. Undertaking my law The work of a Legal Aid lawyer degree and working as a clerk helped me to is extremely varied, challenging and realise that I wanted to specialise in family law. rewarding. Making a difference to your Alternative I was excited to secure my training contract clients and being there at an important careers with Heaney Watson, a specialist law firm and crucial time is the greatest dealing with Legal Aid family work. achievement. Without Legal Aid some During my training I have had a range clients cannot make positive changes of experience in different areas of family to their lives.
78 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law SolicitorsThe paralegal routeParalegalling is a profession degree, especially those with directly applicable skills like thein its own right, with a clear sciences,’ says James O’Connell,pathway to qualification. chief executive of the Institute of Paralegals.It can also help you get To see what skills and knowledgeyour foot on the ladder employers expect from entry-level paralegals, download theto becoming a solicitor introductory level competencyand is a valuable addition standards (vetted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) fromto any CV www.theiop.org While no specific qualificationsThe type of organisation you work or experience are required forfor will determine the role you take, someone to be able to callthough in general a paralegal themselves a paralegal, professionalis someone who does legal work training or recognition of your skillsbut is not a qualified solicitor, can help your career and could helpbarrister or legal executive. Other you secure more senior positions.job titles such as legal assistant You can find firms that are documents, but some paralegals Experiencedor caseworker may also be used. paralegals are looking to recruit paralegals prepare legal documents, carry out Of the estimated 200,000 able to run their on the Law Society’s website, research and interview clients andparalegals in England and Wales, own caseloads www.lawsociety.org.uk, as well witnesses. Experienced paralegals and the work theya substantial number work for as in the legal press and with online are able to run their own caseloads do is virtually thesolicitors’ firms. The remainder employment agencies. However, and the work they do is virtually the same as thecan be found in all sectors of the solicitors they law firms receive a large number same as the solicitors they workeconomy from government work with of unsolicited entry-level with. There are some types of workagencies to the voluntary sector, applications and may not needas well as large companies and which paralegals cannot do and to advertise, so making yourlocal authorities. these are referred to as ‘reserved own speculative applications activities’.Further training is also recommended. ‘At present paralegals cannotGraduating with a law degree practise conveyancing to theor getting the LPC does not public, they can’t apply for a grant Find out moreautomatically mean a person on behalf of an executor of a will Institute of Paralegalsis qualified to do paralegal work. and they do not have a right www.theiop.orgYou may well need to strengthen of audience in all courts,’ says National Associationyour CV by doing further training Amanda Hamilton, chief executive of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)to gain knowledge of the practical of the National Association www.nationalparalegals.comside of the profession. In fact, the of Licensed Paralegals (NALP).majority of paralegals are non-law Paralegals are also excludedgraduates. However, for those What skills will help me? from the conduct of litigation,law graduates who have not been the administration of oaths and Ability to analyse and look at possible implicationsable to afford the LPC or obtain notarial activities.a training contract, the alternative Being methodical and good at problem solvingcareer as a paralegal can Required skillsbe fulfilling. This is increasingly ‘The larger solicitors’ firms usually Excellent communication skillsso with the growing popularity expect paralegals without solid Good people and networking skillsof alternative business structures. experience to have a law degree More routine work includes or the LPC or BPTC but a lot Ability to understand the individual client and sectorthings like organising and copying of firms will accept a different
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 79 Advice and guidance SolicitorsInside views Where to train Aleksandr Bosch converted to law through possible from as many different people, as well as attending networking events, joining sports teams and organising the GDL and LPC, and he is now a paralegal charity events. at Shoosmiths I subsequently applied for a training contract and received an offer for a 2013 start after attending an assessment centre in August 2011. I was also fortunate to receive retrospective On finishing the LPC in July payment of my LPC fees. 2010, I had not managed Though I am a banking paralegal, I have been sitting with the to secure a training contract, corporate team and, over the last few months, have been able so I set about trying to gain to get involved in a mixture of corporate deals to compliment the experience I felt would assist my applications. the experience I have gained over the last year in banking, with Solicitors After six months with a high a view to making me a more rounded trainee. This has included street firm and a couple mid-market mergers and acquisitions, private equity work, of months at a financial and I’ve even assisted the company secretarial team. services company, I joined I have also been given the opportunity to take part in Shoosmiths as a banking paralegal in the corporate team. Shoosmiths’ Developing Lawyer programme, which has The quality of work I have been exposed to at Shoosmiths, covered a wide range of topics, the most recent being and the responsibility I have been given as a junior member ‘An introduction to private equity’ and ‘An introduction of the team, have been crucial factors in shaping my future. to service level agreements’. I work for a major financial institution, managing my own I have no doubt that getting my foot in the door with Further study caseload and getting lots of client contact. I hadn’t dreamed Shoosmiths as a paralegal played a huge part in helping of this level of responsibility prior to joining Shoosmiths. me get a training contract, and I hope the additional I threw myself into the work, attempting to learn as much as experience will help me as a newly qualified solicitor. Laura Wright worked in retail before up with family members in the legal sector. I was lucky enough to get an interview and my customer service background, becoming a paralegal at Preston-based summers helping in law offices for free, and my degree paid law firm Forbes Solicitors off as I was offered the job. Barristers I work in the family department which deals with everything I studied English language from divorces to contact issues. I assist the solicitor with and literature at the all aspects of the cases. I also take client calls and emails, University of Central answer basic queries, draft documents, attend meetings, Lancashire and when assist counsel at court, and see cases from start to finish. I graduated the economic The skills I’m gaining by working as a paralegal will certainly climate had taken a turn help me with my future options, even though I don’t have for the worse, reducing a law degree. You have to be very efficient in terms of time my job options. management and be able to deal with quite emotional My part-time weekend job and upset clients. Alternative in retail became my full-time In the future I could become a paralegal for somewhere careers career and I worked my way up through the in-house graduate other than a law firm or convert my degree to give me more scheme. However I knew this was not what I wanted to do. options. I have only been doing this role since Christmas, but I applied for a position as a paralegal for a local law firm, already I know that I have increased my job opportunities and as I had always been interested in the law and had grown the experience that I have already gained is invaluable.
80 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and trainingConverting to law– the CPE and GDLA one-year conversioncourse prepares non-lawstudents for a legal career.Whether your goalis a solicitor’s officeor barristers’ chambers,the Common ProfessionalExamination (CPE) hasit coveredAlso known as the GraduateDiploma in Law (GDL), the courseputs non-law graduates in Englandand Wales on equal terms withthose who have been studyinglaw for years. ‘The main purpose of the GDLis to provide a means for graduateswith a good non-law degreeto complete the academic stageof legal training,’ says David On all conversion What’s covered? property is managed by one personHerling, GDL programme director courses, students Conversion courses are monitored for the benefit of another. In a non-at The City Law School. spend a couple of by the Joint Academic Stage Board financial sense, equity is the name weeks covering Budding barristers follow the basics of the on behalf of the barristers’ and given to a set of principles whichthe conversion with the Bar English legal solicitors’ organisations. The board supplement the common law.Professional Training Course system, legal allows some leeway in the way law It is utilised where the ordinary(BPTC). Would-be solicitors take method and legal schools teach and assess their rules of law are deemed too harsh, research skillsthe Legal Practice Course (LPC), courses (as well as what they call do not cover aspects of a particularbefore completing the further stage them), but concerning the course’s case, and to promote fairnessof work-based training. basic content, the board lays down in legal decisions. The conversion course is ideal for the law that must be taught, namely Contract lawall those who found other subjects ‘the seven foundations of law’.more interesting at undergraduate These are: This looks at how contracts arelevel, but it’s by no means the easy formed and what happens if they Property lawoption – the conversion year is said are breached.to be the toughest of all law courses. This looks at how property is Criminal lawConversion students put in 1,645 exchanged and the obligationshours in the course’s 36 weeks, of landlords. It affects everyone The body of rules that deal with thewhich is more than 45 hours a week. who owns, buys, sells, lets and criminal offences which can lead ‘The course is undoubtedly uses buildings and land. to serious sentences.intensive, involving a commitment Equity and trusts Tortas great as a full-time job fromSeptember to the exam period the In a financial sense, equity and The law of civil wrongs and whatfollowing June,’ says David. trusts covers the relationship where happens between the individuals
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 81 Advice and guidance Further study and training Where to trainconcerned. For instance, the processesinvolved in claiming damages from aprivate party.European lawCovering the bodies and the rules of theEU’s legal system, including the freemarkets, European Court of Justice andConvention on Human Rights.Constitutional andadministrative law SolicitorsThis is how laws are set up and who makeslaw. Knowledge of this empowers lawyersto fight unjust authorities, or advise themon how to tie up the legal loose ends. Course providers‘In addition, all GDL courses must introduce students to an eighth area of legal More than 40 law schools and other knowledge,’ says David. ‘At City University, organisations offer the conversion course the eighth area is legal ethics, chosen Further study in order to contrast with the technical A full list of accredited courses applications go directly character of the remainder of the syllabus.’ is available from the Solicitors to the course providers. The content of the additional area Regulation Authority (SRA) Visit www.lawcabs.ac.uk varies from institution to institution. www.sra.org.uk The different to check on the procedure ‘There is more to being a lawyer than providers offer choices and dates. just the law. We focus on professional of location and cost, as well When it comes to applying graduate skills and employability in our as full-time and part-time you need to get your eighth unit, ‘Legal Skills and Practice’. The modes of study. application in as soon as you assessment is a moot (legal presentation) Assessment methods, pass can in the autumn term. on the law of evidence, or procedure,’ rates and the percentage It runs on a ‘rolling basis’ says Ruth Sutton, GDL programme of students who go on to from October and the later director at Manchester Law School. practise professionally may you apply the more flexible Barristers On all conversion courses, students all inform your choice of you will have to be about spend a couple of weeks covering the basics course. Where you intend where you study. of the English legal system, legal method, to study your LPC or BPTC There will be competition legal research skills and the use of the may also influence your for places, so when filling course’s various learning resources. decision. You can also visit in the application form you The course is usually taught through law schools to view the will need to be convincing lectures and tutorials and may also facilities and meet lecturers about your commitment include specialist workshops. and students. to a law career and why ‘We find that students really appreciate Students apply for entry you are so eager to face The course face-to-face contact,’ Ruth says. ‘Our full- to a conversion course in their the pressures of the course. Alternative puts non-law time students have an hour lecture per graduates in final year of undergraduate You should find out more careers week in each unit and an hour and a half England and study. All applications for about law careers and workshop each fortnight.’ Wales on equal full-time places are made weigh up your chances terms with Some assessment is provided through to the Central Applications of success as soon those who have written coursework, though examinations been studying Board while part-time as possible. are the main means of evaluation. law for years
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90 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and trainingThe Legal PracticeCourse (LPC)It can often be difficult provider but the three electives may be studied with otherto put what you have been authorised providers.taught in the classroom into Students still study the core subjects together but can thenpractice in a firm. The LPC choose to take the electivesis the vocational stage that at a later date provided the entire LPC is completed withinhelps you to fill in the gaps an overarching time limit. It couldbetween academic and allow students to embark on the training contract six monthspractical law earlier, or to work while they study, in order to spread out the cost.This is where you get down to thebasics of how to conduct client Study and workmeetings, calculate lawyers’ tax, Students have the opportunity to enter employment before theycomplete watertight contracts, complete the electives. They willand much more. One of the features also be able to choose electives thatof the course is its intensity and the are best suited to the work they arevolume of material that students undertaking. It is possible to entermust deal with. Here, lectures a training contract to gain theof academic law studies often experience of legal work thatgive way to more practical is required before qualificationassessments and exams. as a solicitor, and study the Assessments are numerous as electives at the same time.you have to be examined in 15 or 16 As things stand, the mosttopics. To start with, there are fortunate students starting thethe core practice areas of business The LPC year There is also a whole range of is intense and LPC already have contracts fromlaw and practice; civil litigation choices relevant to small and fast-paced: there big law firms to train with themand criminal litigation; and medium-sized firms such as is a lot to cover at the end of the course. However,property law and practice. Then in a short space commercial property, commercial many students do not and hopethere are the skills of advising of time law, employment, family, to be taken on by firms at someand advocacy; interviewing; immigration and welfare law. stage. Students may opt to takepractical legal research; writing Electives and skills the first half of the LPC full timeand drafting. In addition are the The LPC is broken into two free- and then improve their financesareas of professional conduct standing halves. Stage one covers by becoming a legal supportand regulation; solicitors the three essential practice areas, worker while doing the secondaccounts; taxation; and wills the skills and the additional areas. half of the course.and administration of estates. Stage two is made up of the three Law schools have the flexibility If that’s not enough, these are vocational electives. to decide how to design their LPCfollowed by the three electives The course takes around ten courses. Courses will still needor options to be taken in the second months to complete full time, the approval from the Solicitorspart of the course. These include electives can be taken over a longer Regulation Authority (SRA) butchoices for those heading for City period, either studied together there will be opportunities forfirms: private acquisitions; public or separately. The first stage must courses to offer more e-learningcompanies and debt/banking. be studied with one course and to be pitched specifically
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 91 Advice and guidance Further study and training Where to trainat students aiming for specific Applications and deadlineslegal destinations for example, Applications to full-time courseslarge firms or Legal Aid work. go through the CAB starting on 1 October. Prospective part-Competition and challenges time students apply directly.The reality is that students who Different institutions may operatepass the course face tough different admissions procedurescompetition for training contracts. and practices. CAB strongly advisesBefore enrolling on the LPC applicants to visit individualyou need to be clear about the Inside view institutions’ websites for details Solicitorschallenges that may lie aheadand how well equipped and of courses and admissions Natasha Bowyer studied law with French procedures.motivated you are to overcome law and language at the Universitythem. A discussion with a university Going through the CAB youcareers adviser is strongly can rank three choices of law of East Anglia, before doing her LPC school. There are no interviewsrecommended. at The College of Law If you are sure you are going so success hinges on theahead, you must select up to three application form. CAB prefers its My goal was to become a solicitor, and the LPC wasLPC providers (i.e. law schools) online application form to be used the next step in fulfilling this. Although I did not havefor your application. Increasing but students can ask for a form Further study a training contract when I started the course, I hopednumbers of firms insist that their to be sent to them (by phoning that completing it would make me more employablefuture trainees study at specific law 01483 301282 or writing from and I knew that there would be networkingschools including set electives. 1 October). Be aware that this and opportunities and a supportive careers departmentInformation about courses is other arrangements can change. behind me at The College.available from the LPC’s Central When planning your application For the first half of the year I studied core subjectsApplications Board (CAB) you should include time for the such as litigation and business; after that I couldat www.lawcabs.ac.uk contribution of your referee. The choose three elective subjects. Preparation for You need to look preferred method is for the form workshops was quite varied and normally includedclosely at the content, to be submitted online an online ‘i-Tutorial’ to watch, textbook reading,context and balance and for a hard copy There is no longer a written task and an online exercise to test students’of the programme a deadline for to be passed to your understanding. The workshops and preparation are Barristersat the provider that applying by way referee. There is no focused on understanding the law and being ableyou are interested of CABs, but you longer a deadline should note that to apply it to the client’s case. Workshops at Thein, so that it best for applying by way the most popular College are interactive and practical: tasks rangematches up with of CABs, but you courses fill up from role-play activities to completing court formswhat you intend quickly should note that the and drafting documents.to do in your career. most popular courses The LPC year is intense and fast-paced: thereStudents who do not fill up quickly and the is a lot to cover in a short space of time. However,have training contracts need SRA has very strict deadlines for being able to work under pressure is arguably goodto make further calculations. Good student enrolment, see preparation for practice.connections with local firms and www.sra.org.uk for details. I will be working as a paralegal at a Magic Circle Alternativeadvice on how to find a contract Some of the most popular schools firm for a year before beginning my training contract careersare important. Cost is also an issue only consider applicants who have with a regional practice in 2013. I am looking forwardif there is no future employer put them first in the centralised to developing my legal skills, gaining experienceto pick up the bill of between applications procedure. There are and having a successful and rewarding career£6,000 and £11,500 upwards for also schools that guarantee places on qualification.fees, with living expenses on top. to their GDL/CPE students.
92 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law OUR PROFESSIONAL LAW COURSES TICK ALL THE BOXES LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE TAUGHT BY commended by the PROFESSIONAL At Lancashire Law School, UCLan, our professional body – PRACTITIONERS postgraduate qualiﬁcations are taught by full-time and part-time WORLD-LEADING professional practitioners who are conducting RESEARCH WITH world-leading and internationally acclaimed REAL-WORLD EXCELLENT IMPACT research. Furthermore, with our Moot Court RESEARCH LEARNING PROFESSIONAL DEGREES RESOURCES Room, excellent online learning resources and SKILLS COURSE supportive environment, it’s no wonder that short blocks during your our graduates are some of the most sought training contract SENIOR GRADUATE after in the country. STATUS LLB DIPLOMA IN LAW graduate entry full-time, part-time Find out more: advanced two (evening study) SUPPORTIVE year degree or distance/e-learning www.uclan.ac.uk/pg ENVIRONMENT or tel 01772 892400 LPC Graduate Call 0191 243 7035 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.northumbrialawschool.co.uk
Advice and guidanceA historyof ﬁrsts Where to trainBPP Law School is part of BPP ProfessionalEducation, one of the UK’s largest trainingproviders. We’re renowned for our cutting edge Solicitorsprogrammes. We pioneered the fully onlineGDL, the accelerated LPC and the ﬁrst practicefacing LLB. Our programmes combine innovativelearning materials and tutor support, and aredesigned to ﬁt our students’ needs, not the otherway round. Further studyOur Legal Practice Course is an essential steptowards becoming a qualiﬁed lawyer. Wedevelop your commercial acumen via our ‘LawFirm as a Business’ module. If you want morein-depth business knowledge (and employersbeating a path to your door), we now offer theonly LPC as a full Masters degree integrating lawwith business, the MA (LPC with Business).Call: 020 3131 0193 BarristersVisit: bpp.com Alternative careersYOUR AMBITION REALISED
94 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law Want to be a top lawyer? Start thinking like one. LL.M Legal Practice Course* Through our new and exclusive LL.M LPC you will be better prepared and more employable for modern legal services than graduates from any other law school. Ready to take the ﬁrst step? Join our free online community - the Future Lawyers Want to ﬁnd out more? Network - for a head start in the modern world of law. www.college-of-law.co.uk college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers62 Postgraduate Law - programmes designed with you in mind. The School of Law and Criminology at the University of Derby were ranked joint first in the recent 2013 Guardian League Table for Value Added, a testimony to the support students receive whilst studying with us and the excellence in academic teaching provided across the school. Postgraduate Law at Derby • Flexible delivery • Family Court Room and Interview Suites • Specialist courses including International and Transnational Law Apply now 01332 591875 or email email@example.com www.derby.ac.uk/law
Advice and guidanceLPC Where to trainEducating Lawyers in OxfordPersonal, professional,collegial SolicitorsExcellent careers supportHigh quality teachingAward-winning pro bonoscheme Further studywww.law.brookes.ac.uk ‘ ‘ The excellent standard of teaching on the LPC at Oxford Brookes has shaped me into the solicitor that I want to be. Barristers Alternative LPC student, careers Danielle Aquilina
96 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and trainingMasters in lawWhile many students headstraight for the practicaltraining offered by the LPC,there is another option forthose wishing to continuetheir studies in lawWhether you want to focus ona subject you have already studiedor investigate a new area, a widerange of one-year taught Mastersprogrammes is available. Theapproach taken by universitiesand specific courses varies too,with Masters programmes tendingto take a broader look at subjectsthan LLMs. Other postgraduateoptions are a Masters by Researchor a Doctorate. An academic career is one aimof students on postgraduatecourses, but a Masters or LLM fruitful where its subject A Masters addition to the CV of a 2:2 degreecan also be preparation for work is a specialism that the student or LLM can also holder who applies to lessin commerce, finance and industry. be preparation wishes to pursue as a solicitor. prominent firms.Courses can also help students for work in Not only will they acquire relevant commerce, The lengthy training contracton their way to practise knowledge, but also demonstrate finance and application process can makeas a solicitor or barrister, after to law firms their motivation industry Masters study a useful way to fillthe necessary vocational study, to practise in a particular field. in time before starting a trainingtraining and qualification. A further The timetable for applying contract. Students who arecategory of students are solicitors to large law firms in England and successful in applying for a trainingreturning to university to gain Wales is important to consider: contract at the end of theirspecialist knowledge and take a student who wants to go straight academic studies may have a blanktheir careers to a higher level. from an LLM course into a training year after their LPC if the law firm The part-time option is usually contract would normally have does not want them for anotherchosen by solicitors returning to apply to the firm before two years. Law firms do not usuallyto study, however the option starting the course or even foot the bill in such situations,to take courses over two years putting in an application. however, so course fees will needsometimes suits recent graduates The Masters student who most to be considered.too because it may be more impresses the large law firms With so many universities, lawreadily affordable, if combined will be one who is building schools and courses, choosing canwith employment. on an already strong academic be complicated. Students may wishRelevant knowledge record. Top firms are unlikely to consider law schools’ academicIt is important to remember to see an LLM as compensating credentials as well as the reputationthat an LLM or Masters does for a 2:2, and their electronic among students. It is also worthnot automatically strengthen selection systems may not even asking the tutors running coursesapplications for training contracts. accept such an application. where their students have goneFurther study is likely to be most An LLM might be a more useful on to employment.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 97 Advice and guidance Further study and trainingInside views Where to train Polona Florijancic did the LLM International in which the school specialises. The school is home to seven research centres and groups promoting the exchange of Human Rights Law and LLB General Law knowledge in these subject areas through conferences, lectures at Brunel University and workshops, in which students at all levels, staff and international academics and practitioners are encouraged Studying an LLM at Brunel to participate. For example, this year, the Human Rights Law School (BLS) was one Centre, in association with the United Nations, hosted a major of the best choices I’ve ever international conference on the rights of indigenous people. Solicitors made. The school is brilliant The lecturers are always looking to keep things fresh and prides itself on being and exciting. In February 2012, a group of LLM students visited a supportive academic the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and community committed in previous years I participated in a summer study to the academic and programme in China. BLS offers outstanding research professional growth facilities and emphasises professional development, making of its students. Nearly the school an outstanding choice for those who wish to all of my lecturers have vast international experience in the practice law at an advanced level or for aspiring academics. field of human rights and consult for high-profile international My studies inspired me to continue on to a PhD and Further study organisations, which means that they contribute real-world I was selected as a graduate teaching assistant, which experience to their teaching and research. gives me the opportunity to refine my expertise through Along with commercial law and intellectual property teaching and research. BLS opened so many doors for law, international human rights law is one of the three areas me and I’m thrilled to be a part of this community. Miriam Katche did the LLM International and as international banking and finance law, public international law and legal scholarship. I was able to understand the way Comparative Law at the University of Derby banks are regulated internationally and why they should be regulated. I also had the opportunity to understand the Barristers I had always wanted civil and common law systems. to study a Masters degree The help, support and teaching provided by the staff at some point after my was invaluable. I also met a lot of new people from undergraduate degree. interesting backgrounds, which made the experience I was faced with a difficult decision of whether to do rich and exciting. it before or after the Legal The University of Derby also creates an intellectual yet Practice Course (LPC) and friendly environment, which made me feel at home. Studying eventually decided is made even more exciting by the very friendly, approachable to do it before. and supportive nature of the staff. They are always prepared Alternative I believed that the Masters programme would help improve to answer questions and provide advice. careers my knowledge and skills, which would be very useful not only Meeting new people from around the world, studying in law but in other areas if I chose to pursue a different career. in a friendly environment and having the opportunity The work on the course taught me a lot and was very to centre my studies around modules that interested interesting. I had the opportunity to study modules such me were highlights of my LLM course.
98 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law BANGOR LAW SCHOOL An innovative and expanding international law school, focussing on legal systems and the legal environment in the UK and internationally, equipping students with the knowledge and skills required for operating successfully in the global marketplace. LLM MBA MA SCHOLARSHIPS BURSARIES AVAILABLE www.bangor.ac.uk/law OUR POSTGRADUATE LAW COURSES TICK ALL At Lancashire Law School, our postgraduate qualiﬁcations are taught by professionals who are conducting world-leading THE BOXES research. With our Moot Court Room, excellent online learning resources and supportive environment, it’s no wonder that our graduates are sought after. Find out more: www.uclan.ac.uk/pg or tel 01772 830660 WORLD-LEADING TAUGHT BY RESEARCH WITH LLM LAW PROFESSIONAL REAL-WORLD PRACTITIONERS IMPACT LLM ADVANCED LEGAL PRACTICE LLM EMPLOYMENT LAW LLM FORENSIC AND LEGAL MEDICINE EXCELLENT LLM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW LEARNING RESOURCES LLM MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS
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100 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law Want to be a top lawyer? Start thinking like one. Master of Laws degrees (LL.M) Enhance your legal career. Fulﬁl your true potential at the cutting-edge of modern law. Ready to take the ﬁrst step? Join our free online community - the Future Lawyers Want to ﬁnd out more? Network - for a head start in the modern world of law. college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers64 www.college-of-law.co.uk Postgraduate Law - Do it justice at Derby! The School of Law and Criminology at the University of Derby offer a wide variety of flexible postgraduate programmes to suit you. 2013 programmes include: LLM (Human Rights and LLM Personal Freedom) “ The LLM at Derby is LLM (Commercial Law) LLM (International and really flexible so you LLM (Corporate and Comparative Law) can fit your studies and Financial Law) LLM (Transnational modules around your LLM (Intellectual Property Criminal Law) area of interest.” and Information Legal Practice Course (LPC) Technology Law) LLM (Legal Practice-Top Up) Derby graduate Apply now 01332 591875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.derby.ac.uk/law
Advice and guidance World-class legal education in the heart of LondonThe best Where to train legaleducation Solicitors in town Further studyUndergraduate: LLM in Public International Law FOR MORE INFORMATION LLB Law LLM in Criminal Litigation LLM in Civil Litigation and +44 (0)20 7040 3309Postgraduate: Dispute Resolution Graduate Entry LLB www.city.ac.uk/law Masters in Innovation, Creativity Barristers Graduate Diploma in Law and Leadership email@example.com LLM in EU Commercial Law PhD, MPhil or LLM by Research LLM in International Banking When contacting us please quote the following and Finance Professional: reference: PRO 2012 LLM / M.Jur in International Legal Practice Course Commercial Law Bar Professional Training Course LLM in International Competition Law LLM in Professional Legal Practice LLM in International Energy Litigation LLM in Professional Legal Skills LLM in Maritime Law (UK) CPD courses LLM in Maritime Law (Greece) Alternative careerswww.city.ac.uk/law
102 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law Stand out from the crowd We’re proud to be one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, ranked ninth for the quality of our research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008). School of Law Committed to providing legal education of the highest quality in a supportive and welcoming environment, we offer a range of specialised degrees taught by internationally renowned experts – all to help you prepare for a leadership career in the legal community. Taught courses T LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights T LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law T LLM EU Law and Comparative Legal Studies T LLM International Human Rights Law T LLM European Union Law T LLM International Human Rights Law (Economic Relations) T LLM Health Care Law and Human Rights T LLM International Trade Law T LLM International Business Law T LLM Internet Law T LLM International Commercial Law T LLM UK Human Rights and Public Law Research study PhD and MPhil opportunities are available in most ﬁelds of law and the School has funds to award University scholarships to outstanding applicants. Contact us now for further details: For taught courses: T +44 (0)1206 872587 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.essex.ac.uk/law For research study: T +44 (0)1206 872585 E email@example.com www.essex.ac.uk/law
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and training Prospects Law 103 Advice and guidance School of Law Where to train Study at the University of Glasgow School of Law 1st in the UK for ‘career after six months’ (Guardian University Guide 2013) Solicitors The best Law School in Scotland (The Times Good University Guide 2012) We offer seven specialist LLMs: • Contemporary Law Practice • Corporate Financial Law Further study • Intellectual Property the Digital Economy • International Commercial Law • International Competition Law Policy • International Law • International Law Security To find out more visit: Barristers www.glasgow.ac.uk/schools/law/postgraduate/ E: firstname.lastname@example.org ‘Taking the decision to study at the University of Glasgow was the best decision I could have made. My course, the LLM in International Law and Security, is as interesting Alternative as it is challenging and as a result the year has gone by far too quickly. Between the people careers you can meet, the classes that you can take and the activities you can do I cannot recommend the University of Glasgow strongly enough. Eoin Craven, Ireland
104 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and trainingFunding further studyBefore you can earn thebig money associated withlaw, you need to find thefunding to complete yourlegal educationAll potential lawyers in Englandand Wales must complete eitherthe Legal Practice Course (LPC)or the Bar Professional TrainingCourse (BPTC), with fees rangingfrom £8,000 to upwards of £13,350,and most towards the moreexpensive end of the range. Includeliving costs, and the total risesto £15,000 or more. Graduatesof non-law degrees will also needto fund the conversion course,with fees between £3,400 and£9,400 plus living costs. There is some good news: peopleout there are ready to chip in. Largefirms of solicitors recruit two years Try to have Although these sources of funding leap and consider ways to minimiseahead of training contract start arrangements in can help, many aspiring solicitors the cost of further study. Try to havedates, and are well placed to offer place well before and barristers will have to fund funding arrangements in place welltheir successful candidates the course starts so that fees can be themselves. The authorities before the course starts so that feesa bursary or money for the tuition paid and, if there of the legal world recognise can be paid and, if there is anyfees for the LPC. Often they stump is any funding these difficulties and there has funding going, apply for it andup conversion course funding too. going, apply for it been much discussion about apply early. Would-be barristers have the and apply early the situation. Living at home is one usefulsupport of the Inns of Court. For the time being, many way to save costs. Whether youThese barristers’ clubs provide students on conversion courses, live at home or rent a place of yourapproximately £4.5million each the LPC or the BPTC will have own, it is vital to draw up a budgetyear to students on the BPTC. A few to fund themselves. This is possible, to live within. Another wayof the richest barristers’ chambers and proven by the many self- of mitigating the expensealso offer money towards the cost financing students who complete is to spread it by studying partof the BPTC, similar to the way postgraduate study in law time. Conversion courses, theleading firms of solicitors fund each year.their trainees. Smaller firms LPC and the BPTC all have part-of solicitors and occasionally Consider your options time options available.chambers may offer loans In a difficult economic climate Many students work to buildor advances on future wages. it is important to look before you up funds before their postgraduate
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 105 Advice and guidance Further study and training Funding sources Law Society schemes applications starting in January for the Where to train The Law Society operates the Diversity following academic year. For more Access Scheme offering assistance with information see www.hrla.org.uk fees for the LPC to exceptional, aspiring The Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust entrants to the solicitors’ profession. The trust makes one, or occasionallystudy begins. Doing paid work The Diversity Access Scheme two, grants per year towards legal trainingduring a course is also common, specifically aims to support a small for women from immigrant or refugeealthough tutors may advise against number of individuals who have overcome backgrounds who intend to practiseit. Part-time study makes it easier. or who face exceptional obstacles. These or teach law in the UK. Contact theThe new arrangements for the may be of a social or personal nature, trust administrator for further detailsflexible LPC could offer the further relate to difficult family circumstances at email@example.com of completing the first or to a disability that makes the goalblock and then taking a break of qualifying as a solicitor a particularly BPP scholarships Solicitorsto earn money. challenging one. There are three elements BPP Law School offers a number Beginning a career weighed to the scheme: a bursary, work placement of scholarship places for exceptionaldown by debt is far from ideal. and mentoring. individuals demonstrating a strong desireAspiring solicitors and barristers Applications for the scheme are invited and level of commitment to qualifyingwho don’t quite make it can be left around February/March of each year. within the legal field but who, withoutwith a major problem, but they Further information is available from the Law support, would find it difficult to attainwill be considered employable Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.uk their dream. Details can be foundin other fields. and the Junior Lawyers Division website at www.bpplawschool.com Those who do get onto the legal at www.juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk Further studycareer ladder have excellent Enquiries on the Law Society schemes Professional and Careerfinancial prospects. The minimum should be sent to bursaryapplications@ Development Loanssalary for trainee solicitors working lawsociety.org.uk These loans are available from two banksin Central London is £18,590. – Barclays and The Co-operative – and areFor trainees working elsewhere Local authority grants another way to pay for the LPC and the BPTC,in England and Wales, it is £16,650. Your local authority will be able to provide but conversion courses are outside the remit.It should be noted that in August you with details of mandatory and Students can borrow between £300 and2014 this will be changing – from discretionary award policies. The CPE, GDL £10,000 from the participating banks, whichthen on, employers will be required and LPC are categorised as discretionary is repaid at the end of your studies. The Skillsto pay a minimum of the Main awards. These awards are limited, and you Funding Agency pays the interest on the loanRate under the National Minimum should check with your local authority while you’re studying – and for one month BarristersWage Regulations 1999. when to apply. Your local authority awards afterwards. After this, you’ll pay interest officer will also have information about at the rate fixed when you took out the loan.Those who do get onto the legal local charities and grant-making trustscareer ladder have excellent for which you may qualify.financial prospects At the time we researched this guide (July 2012), there was uncertainty as to what changes Scholarships and awards were to be made in relation to funding. HRLA Bursary Award Therefore we advise that you keep checking In 2006 the Human Rights Lawyers’ websites before applying for anything. Association (HRLA) established a bursary scheme to assist law students in undertaking Alternative such work. Each year the HRLA will provide Pick up a copy of Prospects Postgraduate careers around five awards from a maximum annual Funding Guide free from university careers bursary fund of £6,000, provided there are services or visit www.prospects.ac.uk/ suitable applicants. A single award will not funding_my_further_study.htm for normally total more than £1,000, with more information.
106 Prospects Law Further study and training www.prospects.ac.uk/law School Of Law TheSchool ofof Law has long-standing reputation as one of thedistinguished centres of legal teaching and research in the UK. We research 300 The School Law has long-standing reputation as one of the UK’s most UK’s most distinguished centres of legal teaching and have over in the UK. We have studying in postgraduate65 full-time studyingof staff with a broad rangefull-time members of expertise. a broad range postgraduate students over 300 the School, and students members in the School, and 65 of research interests and staff with of research interests and expertise. profession both in Manchester and the City of London. The School enjoys close links with the legal The School enjoys close links with the legal profession both in Manchester and the City of London. LLM Degrees Health Care Ethics and Law LLM Degrees • LLM (General) Criminology Care Ethics and Law • LLM Health • LLM (General) * and European Law • Public International • MA Crime, Ethicsand Society Diploma • Health Care Law and Law MA/PG • Corporate Governance • Public International and European Law * * Campus Based or Distance Learning • Intellectual Property Law • MRes Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies • Health Care Ethics and Law MSc Intercalated • European Law and Governance * • International Business Commercial Law • PG Cert Health Care Law Health Care Ethics and Law • Corporate Governance • International Financial Law • PG Cert Health Care Ethics • IntellectualTrade Transactions • International Property Law • Health Care Ethics and Law MA/PG Diploma • International Business Commercial Law • Law and Development Research Degrees or Distance Learning * Campus Based • Health Care Ethics and Law • MPhil in Law • International Financial Law • HealthLaw Ethics and Law MSc Intercalated • PhD in Care • International Trade Transactions Intellectual Property Law (validated programme) • Law and Development Research Criminology • PhD in Degrees • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law • PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence New streams commencing September 2010 * • MPhil in Law Law and Development Continuing Professional Development Intellectual Property Law (validated programme) • MA Law and Development • PhD in Law in ethics and law CPD online courses • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law • MPhil in Criminology Criminology Law and Development • MA Crime, Law and Society • PhD in Criminology • MRes Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies • MA Law and Development • PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence For more information: For more information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – taught degrees, email@example.com – research degrees Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – taught degrees, email@example.com – research degrees Web: http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.html Web: http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.html Apply online: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/ Apply online: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/ Your essential guide to funding postgraduate study Postgraduate Funding Guide Pick up a copy from your university careers service or graduate fair www.prospects.ac.uk/funding
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Further study and training Prospects Law 107 Advice and guidance Masters programmes at Full-time Northumbria Law School Where to train Part-time LLM Advanced Legal Practice Graduate Distance Learning Call 0191 243 7035 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.northumbrialawschool.co.uk Solicitors Further study START YOUR A degree in law gives you the freedom to explore a world of job opportunities, while setting solid foundations for a JOURNEY dynamic career path. NTU is one of the leading law schools in the UK. We offer a range of LLB degrees as well as the chance to study by distance or flexible learning. If you’re Barristers looking for a great student experience, and a degree that’s going to open as many doors as possible, then why not see where a law degree from NTU can take you? Start your journey. www.ntu.ac.uk/prospectslaw Law, take a Alternative careers closer look
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 113 Advice and guidance Further study and trainingStudying law in IrelandPaul Murray did the LLM in Law, such as data retention, internet regulation preside at seminars dealing with topics Where to train and intellectual property rights. I attended ranging from corporate governance toTechnology and Governance the NUI Galway Law, Technology and internet regulation.at the National University Governance student conference in 2011, In May 2012, the class presented and was impressed by the excellent the findings of dissertation researchof Ireland (NUI) Galway presentations given by the students at a public conference. My topic was and by the considerable variety telecommunications data tetention I chose to study of interesting topics they dealt in the European Union: at NUI Galway with. I concluded that they The class sizes Arriving at an equitable system because no other had benefited considerably were small of retention. Each student courses of this from pursuing the course enough to allow fielded questions and received kind were on offer and wanted to share this lecturers to give feedback from the attendees. detailed guidance anywhere else. experience. to each student The students of the copyright Solicitors The class sizes The LLM offers a variety in the digital era module made were small of modules including copyright a written submission to the Copyrightenough to allow lecturers to give detailed in the digital era, data retention, privacy Review Committee. As one of thoseguidance to each student. This was and protection, regulation of biotechnology students, I found this exercise veryparticularly helpful with written and law, regulation and enterprise: beneficial and enlightening.assignments. contemporary issues. The course involves In the future I would like to do further I had completed an LLB and wanted continuous assessment and during the research to pursue a career in academicto gain an understanding of legal areas academic year expert guest speakers law in addition to qualifying as a barrister. Further study Barristers Alternative careers
114 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law BarristersBecoming a barristerWhen it comes to law, Stage two: Legal trainingbarristers are often seen The next step occurs in the finalas the glamorous side of the year of law degrees or during theprofession. But the road CPE/GDL conversion course for non-law graduates. At this point,to the Bar is not an easy one, all would-be barristers applyand it will take hard work to the BPTC. However, the BPTC is oversubscribed with 2,657and dedication to get there applicants chasing 1,793 places in 2009/10. By the end of MayBarristers are renowned for their of the year that the course begins,skills of public debate. The less students must join one of the Innsvisible side of the profession is their of Court, which offer the chancework in chambers advising on legal of some financial support anddisputes and drafting documents later make the ‘call to the Bar’.for proceedings. Many barristers Although everyone who passesappear in hearings infrequently,but they still have to be at the top the BPTC and has been ‘calledof their game for when their days to the Bar’ is a barrister, as longin court arrive. as they are not providing legal To enter the profession, graduates services, they are still some waymust beat heavy competition from being able to practise.to make the transition from student Stage three:to tenant (i.e. established barrister) Applying for pupillagein chambers. Legal work experience,the Bar Professional Training Course All would-be barristers must apply Stage one: To enter the for pupillage (on-the-job training)(BPTC) (see page 116) and pupillage Work experience professionin chambers all need to be legal work in chambers. Competition iscompleted, as well as the CPE/GDL Legal work experience is the first experience, the fiercest in London’s commercial Bar Professional chambers where top barristers earn(see page 80) for non-law graduates. step on the way to the Bar. For Training Course The stages of training that need would-be barristers this experience (BPTC) and more than a million pounds a year.to be completed by intending takes the form of mini-pupillages pupillage in Here, an almost perfect academicbarristers in the early stages of their in chambers, although other forms chambers all record is required, still perhaps of legal work experience will also need to be including a First. Elsewhere, thecareers are necessary in order completedto demonstrate that the required be useful. academic demands are not quitestandard for each successive stage Competition is fiercest for so steep, and legal experience,of training is met. They perhaps also those looking for mini-pupillages debating and extra-curricularpoint to an essential aspect of the in leading London chambers during achievements may carry morejob – being comfortable with risk. holiday times. Other chambers weight. However, many chambersIn court, barristers improvise their may be more flexible and all have a minimum requirementstatements, even in cases where possible legal experience should of a 2:1.millions of pounds or a defendant’s be sampled. This includes work with Applications for pupillage areliberty is at stake. Perhaps even law firms, the Free Representation submitted online through themore importantly, as (mainly) self- Unit and pro bono schemes. The Pupillage Portal if chambers chooseemployed businesspeople working knowledge gained will produce to use the online applicationtogether in chambers, their income more convincing applications system, or directly to chambersalso depends entirely on their own and interviews and demonstrate if not. The application processefforts week by week. motivation for a Bar career. through the Pupillage Portal starts
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 115 Advice and guidance Barristersin March and closes at the end commercial chambers. Where to trainof April, and pupillages are For the first six months,generally applied for 18 months pupils will be shadowing theirin advance. This means that supervisor, but in the second Deadline checklistcandidates will usually apply they can undertake their ownin the final year of their law work and earn fees. A further Penultimate year Final year lawdegree, or during their GDL. selection process takes place at law students and students andApplications may also be the end of pupillage. To be able final year non-law conversion yearsubmitted through chambers’ to practise, barristers must be students non-law studentsown application procedure granted tenancy by a chambers,if they are outside the official although not necessarily the Autumn Autumnsystem. All pupillages, whether one in which they did their Assess your motivation/ Apply for the BPTC via skills to become a barrister www.barprofessional Solicitorsapplied for through the pupillage. Some opportunitiesonline system or directly are also available to become an Research the Inns of Court training.org.ukto chambers, are advertised employed barrister, for example Attend careers service Join an Inn of Court at thisat www.pupillages.com as an employee of public and events stage if you have not At every stage, pupillage private sector organisations Look at funding options already joinedcommittees will be looking with regular hours and salary. From November, non-law Apply to Inns forfor evidence of a combination Work may be spasmodic students must complete scholarship/bursary forof intellectual skills and to begin with. Traditionally, (full-time) conversion BPTC (closing date usuallya commitment to the Bar, cases are referred to barristers course (GDL) application late October/early forms from the Central November) and plan your Further studyas well as their chambers and by solicitors rather than directlypractice areas in particular. from the clients. However, Applications Board – see financial arrangementsThe process of application and it is now possible for members www.lawcabs.ac.uk for the courseinterview reduces the 1,500 of the public to approachstudents who pass the BPTC some barristers directly. Clerks Winter Springto less than 500 pupils. in chambers are intermediaries Research chambers Investigate pupillage Unsuccessful applicants can in this process and market Apply for mini-pupillages opportunities and attendkeep applying for five years, their tenants, so they are Look for other work pupillage fairswhile strengthening their well worth cultivating early experience opportunities Consult the Pupillageapplications by gaining more Portal for available on in a Bar career.legal experience and taking Spring pupillage vacancies The Bar Standards Boardfeedback on board. Re- Attend careers events Apply for Pupillage is currently in the process Barristersapplications can be made to the and pupillage fairs Portal vacancies starting of introducing an aptitude testsame chambers as before, as well Check the Pupillage Portal at the end of March for those wishing to undertakeas others not yet approached. at www.pupillages.com for Apply for pupillages the BPTC. It is designed details of pupillages that outside of the online to ensure that only thoseStage four: take applications a year system, as required suitable and likely to succeedPupillage and tenancy earlier than usual undertake the BPTC. The Apply for Inns scholarship SummerFor barristers who are deemed aptitude test (which is currently for GDL (non-law students Check how applicationsto be of sufficient calibre subject to approval) is set only) are progressingto obtain pupillage in chambers, to be introduced in autumnthe first years are the time 2012 for those starting the course Alternative Summer Autumnto establish a reputation. in September 2013. Until then, careers Start looking at BPTCs Start BPTC courseTwo six-month pupillages are students must make their own Make the most of worknormally undertaken paying judgment as to whether they experience and mini-a minimum of £6,000 each, but have what it takes to achieve the pupillagesanything up to £40,000 for the barrister’s sought-after work,year can be earned in leading status and rewards.
116 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law BarristersTraining for the BarThe Bar ProfessionalTraining Course (BPTC)is the vocational stageof training which equipsstudents with the skills theyneed to become pupils andthen fully fledged barristersWith fees in London now reaching£16,000, the vocational stageof training for the Bar is notfor the half hearted. The BPTCis a demanding course and studentsface the added pressure of knowingthat only a small proportionof graduates go on to securetraining places in chambers. Despite these challenges almost1,700 students take the BPTC eachyear. On the course, studentsparticipate in an extensiveprogramme of workshops, role-play exercises, large group There are nine litigation and remedies, conference of professional conduct and ethics.sessions and seminars, in addition providers skills, criminal litigation and Assessment varies between law validated to runto drafting documents and writing sentencing, drafting, evidence, schools but all providers test the the BPTC inopinions. There are nine providers England and legal research, opinion writing knowledge subjects through writtenvalidated to run the BPTC Wales and the and professional ethics. exams which incorporate bothin England and Wales and the course takes one Learning and practising the multiple choice and short answercourse takes one year to complete year to complete skills of advocacy is a central part questions. Advocacy and on a full-timeon a full-time basis. A two-year, basis of the BPTC. Workshop groups may conference skills are tested throughpart-time option is available be confronted with case scenarios, practical exercises often involvingat some law schools. often drawn from real life. Students actors and both seen and unseenPractical work have to research the law in relation elements within the advocacyAlthough the lecture room and to the case, as well as the ‘scenarios’ are routine.library still have a place on the procedural law to enable them James Welsh is joint directorBPTC, the emphasis is now on to pursue it. They then present their of programmes for the BPTClearning through practical work, cases in mock courtrooms where courses at BPP Law Schoolwith many exercises based they are expected to respond to the in London. ‘The course involveson briefs similar to those barristers arguments of opposing counsel a good deal of real, exciting,receive in the early stages of their and think quickly on their feet. practical assessment,’ he says.careers. The course covers a number Many performances are reviewed ‘Advocacy skills are assessed viaof compulsory subjects including: on DVD and particular attention performance in a room withadvocacy, case preparation, civil is paid to complying with the rules an actor, a camera and an assessor.
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 117 Advice and guidance Barristers Where to trainThe attention to detail makes it veryrealistic – students will receive the bulkof the papers in advance and may be givennew information 30 minutes beforethe assessment. Learning to work quicklyis very important in practice.’ James explains that the approach differsconsiderably from that of undergraduate How to applylegal studies. ‘Students will encounter Getting onto the BPTC is far from an automaticassessments where they may have to cross- Solicitorsexamine witnesses from very different process. Applicants outnumber places forwalks of life – this requires a practical set many of the courses at different providersof skills as well as a good understandingof the legal issues involved. A lot of students around the countryare inspired to take the BPTC in the first BPTC providers seek the same a specified threshold in orderplace because of this opportunity to workat both the academic level and at a very qualities and qualifications to gain a place on the course.human and practical level.’ as chambers and a key Visit www.barstandards James suggests that students also requirement is commitment board.org.uk for the latest to a career at the Bar. This information about the test. Further studywork to develop these practical skillsby undertaking voluntary pro bono may be indicated by mini- All applications for thework during their time on the BPTC. pupillages or other BPTC are made online‘Involvement in pro bono work gives experiences such as work at www.barprofessionalstudents so much more to talk about at shadowing and voluntary training.org.uk You caninterview. The earlier you can start working work. apply for up to threeas a lawyer in the community, the better.’ Peter Crisp is dean of BPP courses, indicating your order Alongside pro bono work, BPTC providers Law School; he explains that of preference. The form doesoffer a range of support to help intending competition for places on the not have to be filled in allbarristers secure pupillage. ‘Our careers course is tough. ‘Every year at once and applicants candepartment offers individual appointments we receive far more return to it more than oncefor students and mock interviews for applications than we have before finally submitting it. Barristerspupillage,’ James explains. ‘Students places for on our courses. Applications are made earlyshould also take advantage of CV and For the full-time London in the academic year beforeapplication workshops and regular talks course in particular, you really you intend to start the BPTCfrom chambers and barristers practising need an upper second class (in the autumn of your finalparticular areas of law.’ or first class degree to have year on a law degree course Pass or fail, for some students the BPTC a chance of securing a place.’ or the first term of yourcan be a way of discovering that the Bar The Bar Standards Board conversion course, if you planis not really for them. But, in the process, is currently in the process to do the BPTC immediatelythey will have developed some transferable BPTC providers of introducing an aptitude after your course ends). seek the sameskills to take into other fields. For many test for those wishing For courses starting in 2013, Alternative qualities andothers, their ambitions are confirmed and qualifications to undertake the BPTC that the application process will careersthey leave the course equipped for the next as chambers should help to ensure that open on the Bar Standardsstage in their pursuit of a career at the Bar. and a key only suitable candidates Board website in November requirement undertake the course. 2012, with the first roundAlongside pro bono work, BPTC providers is commitmentoffer a range of support to help intending to a career Students will have to attain closing in January 2013.barristers secure pupillage. at the Bar
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www.prospects.ac.uk/law Barristers Prospects Law 119 Advice and guidance Want to be a top Barrister? Start thinking Where to train like one. Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Weigh up the arguments. Examine the facts. Why do more people start their legal career with us than any other law school? Solicitors Ready to take the ﬁrst step? It’s a compelling case. Want to ﬁnd out more? Join our free online community - the Future Lawyers Network - for a head start in the modern world of law. www.college-of-law.co.uk college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers63 Further study Barristers BPTC Graduate Call 0191 243 7035 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.northumbrialawschool.co.uk Alternative careers
120 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law BarristersWork experienceand the BarWork experience is vital up your initial CV and covering letter with a phone call.for intending barristers. More unstructured minis canTop of the list are mini- sometimes be a challenge. Making the most of the situation is mainlypupillages and visits common sense. Preserve goodto chambers for work humour and politeness at all times whether you’re dealing withshadowing and observation barristers or other staff. Ask questions and offer to help withUsually lasting between two days any task without getting in the way.and one week, mini-pupillages Taking notes during a mini-involve reading papers, discussing pupillage will demonstrate yourcases and shadowing the work interest in the profession. It is alsoof at least one barrister. A typical an important way to keep track‘mini’ also includes court visits of what you did and what youand the opportunity to sit in on learned from the experience,meetings with the client present. which will provide vital evidence In leading chambers in London, for pupillage applications and‘minis’ can be highly sought- interviews further down the line.after and formally organised.Commercial sets, in particular, Other routeshave precise arrangements in place There are other useful waysand may pay travel expenses. Some of building valuable legalleading chambers only accept those Students seeking quality applications. Ask a careers experience to demonstrate your mini-pupillages adviser to look at your application, commitment to a career at thewho wish to be considered for full should look which is usually a CV and covering Bar. These include volunteeringpupillage later. In these cases, to individualassessed mini-pupillages form chambers’ letter. When trying to arrange to ‘clerk’ for small firms of solicitorspart of the selection process for websites where more informal minis, follow (recording what happens in their the applicationfull pupillage and require written procedure willwork to be completed. be set out Formal mini-pupillages are Useful sources of information andavailable for students towards the volunteering opportunities include:end of their degrees and for those Amicus www.amicus-alj.orgon the conversion course. Manychambers ask that applicants Citizens Advice Bureau www.citizensadvice.org.ukare at least in the final year The CAB Advice Guide www.adviceguide.org.ukof their degrees. Students seeking mini-pupillages The Independent Custody Visiting Association www.icva.org.ukshould look to individual chambers’ The Law Centres Federation www.lawcentres.org.ukwebsites where the applicationprocedure will be set out. For well- Pro Bono Information Service www.probonouk.netknown chambers, it is necessary Solicitors Pro Bono Group www.lawworks.org.ukto start looking early, be awareof closing dates and submit top-
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 121 Advice and guidance Barristers Where to traincourt cases) and court marshalling Inns of Court(sitting with a judge for a few days),which provides another view Like much else about being a barrister, the four Inns of Court harkof judicial processes. back to distant times. But there is nothing far-off about the time Other opportunities include theFree Representation Unit in London when would-be barristers need to join an Inn – it could be now(www.thefru.org.uk), which in the courts of England and Wales. At thisprovides opportunities to prepare stage barristers are free to practice either Solicitorscases and act as an advocate, as tenants in chambers or working throughmainly in tribunals. the employed Bar. Pro bono work, which often Used wisely, the Inns of Court can providetakes place at law schools and law vital support on the way to the Bar. Would-centres, is another important way be barristers should apply for scholarshipsto gain experience and is also or placements offered through their Inn, forpossible for non-law students example to study abroad. You should also ask(turn to page 40 to find out more). about any mentoring schemes they have, and When you have joined an Inn make sure you attend any talks and lectures Further studyof Court more possibilities become they offer about securing pupillages.available to get a taste of the Bar Other benefits of membership includevia events, mooting, societies, the chance to network and the facilitiesapplications for scholarships and Students on law degrees and the GDL must – including bars, common rooms, librariesessay writing competitions. join an Inn by the end of May, in the year and the education department. QualifyingThrough the Inns, the Bar Council before they start their Bar Professional sessions consist of dinners at the Inn as welland Counsel magazine you may also Training Course (BPTC). However, the earlier as collegiate and educational exercises in thehear about events elsewhere you join the better, because the Inns form of advocacy training, lectures, mootsin the London area. can offer valuable advice and even and social events with their own rules. With so many opportunities more useful, money. The Inns provide broadly similar services,to extend your experience and There are four Inns to choose from: Middle so deciding which is most suitable may notCV, the main limitations will Temple, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and be worth prolonged debate. Still, each Inn Barristersbe time and money. Meanwhile, Gray’s Inn. Each charges a one-off admission does have its own atmosphere, in partfocus will also be required to fee ranging from £85 to £100 and between determined by size. Students can talk to themaximize the results of your them they offer £4.5million of funding each Inns’ student officers and be shown aroundstudies. But would-be barristers year in the form of scholarships and bursaries to help them make up their minds. Talkingcan deal with pressure. towards the cost of GDL and BPTC courses. to current BPTC students is also useful. As the gatekeepers of the profession, the But, after due consideration, the important Inns have the exclusive right of admission thing is to join and take another step to the Bar. Only the Inns can ‘call’ someone towards a Bar career. to the Bar. This takes place in an ancient ceremony following the BPTC and Alternative attendance of 12 qualifying sessions such Find out more careers Gray’s Inn www.graysinn.org.uk as dinners or advocacy training evenings organised by your Inn. New barristers must Inner Temple www.innertemple.org.uk then complete 12 months of pupillage before Lincoln’s Inn www.lincolnsinn.org.uk being able to exercise their rights of audience Middle Temple www.middletemple.org.uk
122 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law BarristersPupillage andpupillage applicationsPupillage is the most Bar, opportunities for advocacy will be much more frequent. In moreimportant step on the commercial sets, appearancesway to the Bar. Competition will be more limited with the concentration on written opinions,for the barrister’s pleadings and other paperwork.apprenticeship is intense Being on good terms with the clerks who organise the work of chambersand you will need will help the pupil’s business grow.to be prepared if you The most important part of pupillage is the moment pupilswant to succeed find out whether they have tenancy. In some chambers the decision,Following successful completion or a strong indication of it, canof the BPTC, pupillage with come as early as the end of the firstchambers is the next step six months; in others there mayto becoming a barrister. This one- be no indication until the secondyear apprenticeship is divided six months is almost complete.into two six-month periods Those who don’t achieveof on-the-job training. tenancy may try elsewhereThe first six months or undertake what’s knownThis time is thought of as a period as a third six pupillageof shadowing. Usually, pupils or ‘squatting’ – often advertisedwill have a barrister or mentor on www.barcouncil.org.ukwith overall responsibility for This means being permittedsupervising them but some to remain and work, althoughmay be placed under the wing not as a member of chambers,of different barristers for two in the hope of gaining tenancythree-month periods. New pupils This one-year arguments. Some will be assessed somewhere later. Meanwhile, for apprenticeship is exercises rather than anything that the successful majority of pupils,will accompany their mentor divided into twoto court, conferences and is seen by a client. Later there the most difficult phase in the six-month periods of on-the-job may be work for other members transition to barrister is over andconsultations and provide training of chambers, including ‘devilling’ a career will start to take shape.assistance with his or her papers. in which pupils prepare opinions The mentor is both a teacher How to apply for barristers to use as their own.(mainly by example) and A number of chambers take Formal training in advocacy andan assessor. Pupils and their applications through the Pupillage advice must be fitted in as well.mentors usually share an office Portal which can be accessedand it is important to establish The second six months at www.pupillages.com Withthe ground rules from the outset. The latter part of the experience Pupillage Portal applications,This is not just a matter of what the is where pupils take the daunting the candidate fills in onepupil has to do and when, but how step of starting to work on their electronic form that can be sentto behave in court and in the own. Depending on what sort to up to 12 chambers, withpresence of clients. of work their chambers does, a section that can be tailored to The pupil’s work will include this is the time when pupils begin each application. Other chambersresearch and drafting opinions and to appear in court. In the criminal require direct applications (often
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 123 Advice and guidance Barristers Life in chambers Madelaine Power did a mixed civil and Where to train criminal pupillage at 7 Bedford Row, a leading multi-practice set of chambersby CV and covering letter) outside it. When you have completedof this system. and saved the first part of the in London Pupillages can be advertised form, you move on to the parttwo years before they are due where you demonstrate why you I spent the first four months with an employment andto start or, more commonly, one are the right pupil for each commercial supervisor. My days were largely spentyear in advance, when most chambers. in chambers developing my written work or followingapplicants will be starting the Every statement should my supervisor to courts and tribunals. I draftedBPTC. Some chambers also be carefully targeted. You must advice to clients, pleadings, grounds of appealadvertise shortly before the show that you know the chambers’ and skeleton arguments. Solicitorspupillage is due to start at the work and character and have My next four months were spent with a criminalend of the BPTC. the skills, knowledge and interests and personal injury supervisor. I was encouraged The Pupillage Portal operates they are looking for. Both parts to spend time with the junior members of chambers,one application season, which of the form must be well so that I could see the type of work I would be doing.opens around March each year expressed, with no grammatical I had assessments set by chambers and advocacyand closes around the end of April. errors. Get someone to check training from senior members of chambers whoChambers using this system the form and discuss it with would act as judges in mock hearings.then make pupillage offers at the your careers service before The night before I first appeared in court withbeginning of August. The Pupillage sending it off. my own case I barely slept, every time I thought Further studyPortal opens again for 14 days Chambers which do not use the of it I felt sick with nerves. The moment I gotin September for students online application system cannot to my feet the following day the nerves meltedto accept any outstanding be ignored. Although these away. This made all the studying and hard workor last minute offers. chambers are outside the system, worthwhile and I have truly loved every day since. a search of the Pupillage Portal What you cannot prepare for are the highs andTarget and research reveals which they are. lows. The day the client says you’ve done a greatWhatever stage you are at in your When looking at entries note the job, the judge who tests you because he knows it’sstudies, go to www.pupillages.com instructions on how to apply. While your first day and the warmth you feel from otherto research which chambers are CVs are most commonly required, members of the Bar who are always willing to offerrecruiting pupils. When some have their own traditional advice when you’re at court.making the choice application forms. For my final four months 7 Bedford Row allowedit is important Guidance on CVs can me to choose who I spent my time with – I chose the Barristersto consider which Present your case be sought from your family team. By this point I was in court on my ownspecialisations appeal convincingly, careers service. Covering cases on average three times a week, doing cases such evidence yourto you. Chambers letters may also be as small claims road traffic hearings and applications experience,in London tend to demonstrate your required and should in the county court to magistrates’ court trials.focus on particular commitment to include a succinct What they don’t prepare you for in Bar schoolpractice areas, while the Bar and that statement of why you is the late night briefs, weekend research, logistical you have the skills nightmare of travelling across the country and thework outside of the want to train at the to sustain itcapital may be more particular chambers feeling of being on a year-long job interview whilewide-ranging. you are applying to. learning hundreds of new things a day. Filling in the online application However you apply, crafting Pupillage is a tough year there is no denying Alternativeform shouldn’t be rushed. You your application should take it. I was in an extremely supportive set of chambers careersneed to present your case hours rather than minutes. that invested so much time training me and I feltconvincingly, evidence your It is the quality of your like everyone there was genuinely willing me toexperience, demonstrate your applications which will enable succeed. It’s made me the barrister I am today andcommitment to the Bar and you to achieve a breakthrough for that I will always be grateful.that you have the skills to sustain into the Bar.
124 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Alternative careersAlternative careersMany people who have lawqualifications eventuallydecide that the legal sectorisn’t right for them. If youare in the same boat, fearnot; plenty of other doorsare open to you...There are many reasons for lawgraduates to follow another careerpath. Maybe they have realised theyare more suited to another industry,or the route they originally wantedto take has been blocked by a lackof opportunities. Either way, a largeproportion of these people willgo on to have long and successfulcareers in a different sector. They manage to do this becauseof the invaluable transferable skillsthey have developed during theirtime studying law. Some of thoseskills include problem solvingand analysing; negotiation and It is vital those necessary. In some positions, on the role.persuasion; written and verbal in HR roles such as legal executive (see page Even though you havecommunication; logical reasoning; have a good 74) it may be possible to gain a number of different pathsresearching; time management understanding of employment law, a professional legal qualification to choose from, there is one thingand attention to detail. as it is the basis in the future. you need to do before deciding Generally there are two main of the majority The second category covers on an alternative career: research.categories of alternative careers of decisions sectors that do not necessarily Think long and hard about whatthat law graduates choose. First are made in the job require graduate employees you want to do and what you havethe jobs that are related to law but with specific degrees, such as to offer. Analyse your skills anddo not require a professional law advertising, human resources interests using Prospects Careerqualification, such as trademark (HR) and journalism. Law graduates Planner (found in the My Prospectsattorney, tax advice and legal are more likely to move into section of www.prospects.ac.uk),publishing. these kinds of careers as a result and read up on the typical work It could be that these kinds of the transferable skills they activities carried out in the jobsof roles require a similar way have developed while studying, you are considering.of working to legal positions, rather than their legal expertise, Here are some of the optionsor that knowledge of law is although this may help depending available to you:
www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 125 Advice and guidance Alternative careers Where to trainLegal publishing and media decide to move, or can open up a path into teaching lawYour extensive knowledge of the law at a college or university.and ability to explain and definecomplex parts of the judicial system Insurancecould make you an ideal candidate A background in law bringsfor a job in the legal publishing with it an array of skills that areor media sector. Solicitors transferable to many industries. There are more potential However, many of those qualities,employers in this field than you including good people skills,might think, from legal magazines experience dealing with clients,and information resources such problem solving, and attentionas the Law Society’s Gazette, to detail, are ideal for workingto media companies that require in insurance.legal correspondents and What’s more, a legal qualificationgovernment-funded organisations. is particularly useful in a claims You may decide you don’t in a number of situations, but Law graduates department of an insurance firm, Further study most commonly when ownership are often in highwant to stray too far from the demand among especially if you have a goodenvironment of a law firm, though. of a business changes. They ensure knowledge of insurance law. financialIf that’s the case, there could be that continuity of service and any institutions other rights are preserved. and banks The Police Serviceroles available in the marketingand communication departments There are numerous legal The appeal of working in the policeof solicitors, which may produce principles to know when a TUPE force to legal graduates is obvious;newsletters, press releases, situation arises, as well as how to it requires a love of the law andresearch and internal manage it and the reasons why a strong belief in the justice system.communication materials. it is necessary from an economic, Finance and accountancy technical or organisationalHuman resources (HR) perspective. It is therefore vital Law graduates are often in high BarristersAn important part of any those in HR roles have a good demand among financialmedium to large-sized company, understanding of employment law, institutions and banks. But it isthe HR department is responsible as it is the basis of the majority of not just a one-way thing; manyfor a wide range of business areas, decisions made in the job. However, law graduates are drawn to high-including equality and diversity; there is a limit to their involvement pressure, competitive City jobs.recruitment and selection; in legal matters − external lawyers Again, a meticulous attentionoccupational health; learning and are consulted when a company to detail is required, as welldevelopment; and pay and benefits. is taken to an employment tribunal. as flexibility, analytical skills, In addition, the Transfer self-discipline, and drive and Academia motivation, all of which areof Undertakings (Protection Alternativeof Employment) Regulations, Many people who have studied law common in those who have careers want to continue to improve their studied law.often referred to as just TUPE,make up a significant part knowledge of the subject byof a job in HR. These are designed undertaking further postgraduate Find out moreto protect employees’ terms research. This can help them www.prospects.ac.uk/and conditions of employment specialise in a field for when they types_of_jobs.htm
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