Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages


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Presentation by Helen Gorman, Careers Adviser, University of Sussex, February 2010

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Finding Training Contracts And Pupillages

  1. 1. <ul><li>Finding a training contract/ Pupillage </li></ul>
  2. 2. Session will cover: <ul><li>What next? </li></ul><ul><li>Other options </li></ul><ul><li>Solicitors & Barristers </li></ul><ul><li>Training contracts & Pupillage </li></ul><ul><li>Who to apply to, how to apply and when to apply! </li></ul><ul><li>What do I do now? </li></ul><ul><li>How to make a good application? </li></ul><ul><li>How Careers & Employability can 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. What is a training contract? <ul><li>LLB </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Practice Course </li></ul><ul><li>Training Contract </li></ul><ul><li>2 years (may start 6 months early ) </li></ul><ul><li>Complete ‘seats’ in areas of Law </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Professional Skills Course </li></ul>
  5. 5. When to apply ? <ul><li>Training contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Larger firms recruit 2 years in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Many deadlines fall on 31 st July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller firms 1 year or less – may require a CV/ speculative approach </li></ul><ul><li>See list of deadlines at </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Practice Course </li></ul><ul><li>Application deadlines usually in December in the year before you’re due to start the course see </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who to apply to? <ul><li>Which areas of law interest you? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you want your clients to be? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of solicitor do you want to be? </li></ul><ul><li>Private practice or in-house </li></ul><ul><li>What size of firm? </li></ul><ul><li>- international/city/magic circle </li></ul><ul><li>- national/regional </li></ul><ul><li>- high street firms </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Other considerations- training salaries/ financial help during LPC </li></ul>
  7. 7. How to research the firms <ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Training contract & Pupillage Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Target Jobs Law 2010 </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> 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>
  8. 8. What is pupillage? <ul><li>LLB </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Professional Training Course </li></ul><ul><li>Pupillage </li></ul><ul><li>Called to the Bar after BPTC </li></ul><ul><li>1 year Pupillage </li></ul><ul><li>2 six month periods ‘sixes’ spent in Chambers </li></ul>
  9. 9. When and how to apply? <ul><li>Joining an Inn </li></ul><ul><li>Must join before commencing the BPTC but there are many advantages to joining early – & for further information </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Professional Training Course </li></ul><ul><li>Apply at from Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 (usually a clearance round Apr- July) </li></ul><ul><li>Pupillage – 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>OLPAS online application scheme for pupillages from March 2011- closes in April - (12 chambers and 1 clearance) </li></ul><ul><li>Check out & </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to make a good application? <ul><li>Research the firm/chambers in depth </li></ul><ul><li>Address their requirements. These include: communication skills, attention to detail, commercial awareness, good academic grades </li></ul><ul><li>Give evidence from a range of settings- include your part-time work and extra curricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Show why you want to be a solicitor/barrister- it is important to show your commitment to a career in Law </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicate sufficient time </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t copy and paste from previous applications </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy is essential </li></ul>
  11. 11. Careers Support <ul><li>Information Centre </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 12- 4pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mock interviews and Assessment Centres </li></ul>