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Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages

Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages



talk given by Helen Gorman, Careers Adviser, February 2010

talk given by Helen Gorman, Careers Adviser, February 2010



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    Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages Presentation Transcript

      • Finding a training contract/ Pupillage
    • Session will cover:
      • What next?
      • Other options
      • Solicitors & Barristers
      • Training contracts & Pupillage
      • Who to apply to, how to apply and when to apply!
      • What do I do now?
      • How to make a good application?
      • How Careers & Employability can help
    • Other options with a Law Degree
      • If not a law career, then what?
      • Statistics suggest that approx 60% of all graduate jobs do not ask for a specific degree subject
      • Consider your options-
      • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/review.php
      • Look at jobs where a law degree is useful and unrelated jobs- www.prospects.ac.uk
    • What is a training contract?
      • LLB
      • Legal Practice Course
      • Training Contract
      • 2 years (may start 6 months early )
      • Complete ‘seats’ in areas of Law
      • Complete Professional Skills Course
    • When to apply ?
      • Training contracts
      • Larger firms recruit 2 years in advance
      • Many deadlines fall on 31 st July 2010
      • Smaller firms 1 year or less – may require a CV/ speculative approach
      • See list of deadlines at www.lawcareers.net
      • Legal Practice Course
      • Application deadlines usually in December in the year before you’re due to start the course see www.lawcabs.ac.uk
    • Who to apply to?
      • Which areas of law interest you?
      • Who do you want your clients to be?
      • What kind of solicitor do you want to be?
      • Private practice or in-house
      • What size of firm?
      • - international/city/magic circle
      • - national/regional
      • - high street firms
      • Location
      • Other considerations- training salaries/ financial help during LPC
    • How to research the firms
      • Publications
      • Training contract & Pupillage Handbook
      • Target Jobs Law 2010
      • Lex 100
      • Websites
      • The Firm’s website
      • www.Lawcareers.net
      • www.prospects.ac.uk/communities
      • www.legal500.com
      • www.thelawyer.com
      • www.wikijob.co.uk- excellent site with fantastic insider information
      • www.yell.com – for smaller local law firms
      • Also check out the links on the our website- www.sussex.ac.uk/careers
    • What is pupillage?
      • LLB
      • Bar Professional Training Course
      • Pupillage
      • Called to the Bar after BPTC
      • 1 year Pupillage
      • 2 six month periods ‘sixes’ spent in Chambers
    • When and how to apply?
      • Joining an Inn
      • Must join before commencing the BPTC but there are many advantages to joining early – www.barstandardsboard.org.uk & www.barcouncil.org for further information
      • Bar Professional Training Course
      • Apply at www.barprofessionaltraining.co.uk from Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 (usually a clearance round Apr- July)
      • Pupillage – 12 months
      • OLPAS online application scheme for pupillages from March 2011- closes in April - www.pupillages.com (12 chambers and 1 clearance)
      • Check out www.lawcareers.net & www.prospects.ac.uk
    • How to make a good application?
      • Research the firm/chambers in depth
      • Address their requirements. These include: communication skills, attention to detail, commercial awareness, good academic grades
      • Give evidence from a range of settings- include your part-time work and extra curricular activities
      • Show why you want to be a solicitor/barrister- it is important to show your commitment to a career in Law
      • Dedicate sufficient time
      • Don’t copy and paste from previous applications
      • Accuracy is essential
    • Careers Support
      • Information Centre
      • Website: Look under Law
      • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careers_info
      • Feedback on draft applications/CVs/cover letters
          • (Weekdays 12- 4pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm)
      • Mock interviews and Assessment Centres