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  • Open days – both at course providers (chance to see a Law Careers Adviser – Dates for diary, College of Law Open Days eg 4 th Oct, 15 th and 25 th Nov) and at firms/chambers. We will advertise some on CDEC site but need to keep eyes peeled on firms/chambers you are interested in. Student Law Body – examples of networking events they have put on. Volunteering – eg Project V have opportunities with the Youth Offending Team, would get you in contact with the legal system. Other schemes that you can get involved in around the edges of the system are things like the Sussex Independent Custody Visitor scheme. Worth also thinking about what opportunities will be available at your LPC/BVC provider eg the College of Law has Legal advice centres from which they run advice centres – answering legal enquiries from the general public. This advice and casework programme gives you valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting – particularly useful for LPC students. Court visit – there is a magistrates court in Lewes where you can go and view public cases for contact details see www.hmcourts-service + Lewes Combined court centre Law Fairs – our one. National Pupillage Fair – took place in March this year. Use these as a way to network. Impress them by finding out about their firm before you talk to them. Networking – possible to build contacts here. Some tutors may have interesting contacts working out in practice. Is sometimes worth asking them! Think about everyone you know and ask them who they know! Also the Student Law Body – growing body that is keen to build links with local firms
  • Smaller firms may ask for speculative approaches/ CV and covering letter and not all will have had a July 2010 deadline- only the large firms for 2012.
  • Finding legal work experience

    1. 1. <ul><li>Finding Legal Work Experience </li></ul>
    2. 2. Information about: <ul><li>Why work experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Work Experience- formal schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Other types of legal experience </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul><ul><li>How can Careers & Employability Centre help? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Other options with a Law Degree <ul><li>If not a law career, then what? </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics suggest that approx 60% of all graduate jobs do not ask for a specific degree subject </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your options- </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Look at jobs where a law degree is useful and unrelated jobs- </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why work experience? <ul><li>Work experience is vital when considering a career in law: </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement of many firms as part of recruitment process </li></ul><ul><li>Firms/ chambers want evidence that you are committed to a career in law </li></ul><ul><li>Firms/ chambers want to see that your decision to follow law is an informed one </li></ul><ul><li>Shows serious ambition </li></ul><ul><li>Shows that you have an idea of what the work involves- valuable hands on experience </li></ul><ul><li>Helps when making decisions about where you may specialise </li></ul>
    5. 5. Quote from Partner at City Law firm <ul><li>“ The best way to get into any firm is through its summer scheme. I think the process is like going to a dating agency, but its very much a two- way process. Its not just about us finding the right people- its also about the right people finding us” </li></ul>
    6. 6. Legal Work Experience <ul><li>Vacation Placements (usually paid) </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas, Easter, Summer </li></ul><ul><li>Used as part of the selection process </li></ul><ul><li>Online applications </li></ul><ul><li>see </li></ul><ul><li>Mini- Pupillages (paid and unpaid) </li></ul><ul><li>Application process varies </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. Other legal experience <ul><li>Speculative applications to firms </li></ul><ul><li>Use to search law firms </li></ul><ul><li>by location/specialism </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Work shadowing </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiating and client interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Mooting, debating, presenting- competitions </li></ul><ul><li>National Pupillage fair- usually in March </li></ul><ul><li>FRU - </li></ul><ul><li>Other legal experience (CAB, pro bono work) </li></ul>
    8. 8. What else? <ul><li>Independent custody visiting at Police stations ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Court Visits/ court ushering/ Brighton county court or magistrates court </li></ul><ul><li>Marshalling a Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Open days- see </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering- see </li></ul><ul><li>Student Law Body </li></ul><ul><li>Law Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Careers & Employability Centre Events </li></ul>
    9. 9. Work Experience <ul><li>All types of work experience are useful: </li></ul><ul><li>Other second year vacation schemes </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> -(go to voluntary and work experience) </li></ul><ul><li>Speculative approaches to employers </li></ul><ul><li> university volunteering programme </li></ul><ul><li>Your part-time job! </li></ul><ul><li>International work experience- </li></ul>
    10. 10. How to research the firms <ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Training contract & Pupillage Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Target Jobs Law </li></ul><ul><li>Lex 100 </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>The Firm’s website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> excellent site with fantastic insider information </li></ul><ul><li> – for smaller local law firms </li></ul><ul><li>Also check out the links on the our website- </li></ul>
    11. 11. What to do now <ul><li>Research solicitors, barristers and other employers </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what is important to you: Types of firms? Area of work? Supersets? Working culture? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people working in law or a career area that you are interested in </li></ul>
    12. 12. Careers & Employability Centre Support <ul><li>We are in the Library! </li></ul><ul><li>Website: Look under Law </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on draft applications/CVs/cover letters </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Weekdays 10-5pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Weekly skills sessions </li></ul>