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Law Fair Guide 2013

Wednesday 16th October 2013 Great Hall, College Building 1.30 – 4.30pm

Sponsored by

Brought to you by the Career & Skills Development Service www.city.ac.uk/careers


BPTC & LPC Graduate Recruitment Campaign

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Seeking the Brightest & the Best...

LPC Law is a firm of solicitors that specialises in providing advocacy services to the legal profession. Working as an Advocate, you could be in court everyday, managing your own caseload, formulating your own submissions and putting them before District Judges in chambers. We offer Advocate positions throughout the UK, working with many of the country’s most prestigious law firms. This means that you will receive challenging and rewarding work, in the locations where you want to work. This is your chance to develop the legal skills and experience you have acquired during your professional studies. Every one of our Advocates receives a high level of supervision and support, allowing them to reach their fullest potential and progress to our most complex cases.

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To Find Ou t More visit our stand and speak to one of o ur Advocacy Managers

www.lpc-law.co.uk T Human Resources on 020 7090 1500 E recruitment@lpc-law.co.uk


A welcome from Sponsors of the 2013 Law Fair

Macfarlanes is widely recognised as one of a handful of high quality independent law firms in the UK and we are consistently highly ranked in our chosen areas of expertise. From our single location in the City, we serve a broad range of clients from multi-national companies to private individuals worldwide. At Macfarlanes, we realise that our people are vital to providing an outstanding service. We believe that the strongest firm will be achieved by choosing a mix of people – reflecting different styles so as to meet the needs that we – and our varied range of clients – will have in the future. For our size we are unusual, combining a top flight corporate practice with a pre-eminent private client service. Our size has been determined by careful organic growth and this has helped preserve our distinctive culture. I and over half of my partners trained here. We are recruiting for the future of the firm and our objective is to create lawyers of extraordinary quality. As a trainee here you will find yourself working with some of the world’s leading businesses and business leaders. With close partner support you will be dealing directly with clients and assisting on complex transactions. We are not as large as most of our competitors. Because of our size, trainees will often be close to the front line. This contribution will make a difference. We are looking to recruit up to 25 trainee solicitors for our 2016/17 intake and up to 55 candidates for our 2014 vacation schemes. We would like to hear from ambitious and driven graduates who thrive on responsibility and challenge and are ready to begin their career on day one. Macfarlanes is pleased to be sponsoring the City University London Law Fair. I hope you will use the fair as an opportunity to find out more about a career in Law and to find out which firms suit you. If you are interested in the opportunities we can offer and would like to find out more about life at Macfarlanes then please come and visit our stand to talk to us. We look forward to answering any questions you may have. With best wishes for your future career as a solicitor. John Hornby Partner, Private Client Property


We are delighted to invite you to the 2013 Law Fair. This event is an ideal opportunity for you to network with key recruiters from the legal sector and gather information that will help you stand out from other applicants. Please use the checklist below that our Careers team has prepared for you in order to help you make the most out of this event and get ahead of the competition.

Before

the fair

Have you: Registered and attended one of the VIP preparation sessions? Pre-registered online? Done some research on the companies that you want to approach on the day? Researched how employers prefer to be approached at Careers Fairs? Prepared some relevant questions that demonstrate your interest in that area of work? Prepared a couple of sentences to introduce yourself clearly and succinctly to organisations?


On the

day

Do • Approach the stand as you would do at an interview – first impressions count! • Start conversations with expressions such as “I am interested in...” or “I know about your company and would like to find out more about...” • Be prepared to succinctly outline your knowledge of the company, express enthusiasm in what the company does and describe how your background could contribute to their needs • Find out what exhibitors are looking for by asking them what skills and experience they require. You can then tailor your experiences and responses to what they are looking for • Try to get the name and contact details of anyone you speak to. There is a space for you to write this down under each company entry in this brochure • Be proactive and keen: talk to the recruiters • Dress smartly.

Don’t • Stand in a huddle in the corner talking to your friends • Monopolise a single person to the point of boring them • Just browse or collect freebies • Dress too casually (jeans, trainers and baseball caps are not recommended).

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Prepare to answer questions “Tell me about your course and why you decided to study it.” “What interests you about law?” “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” Are you ready to sell yourself positively and succinctly in response to general openers like these? Start with your name, course and year of study. You may then want to say a few words about your career aspirations, areas of interest, why you are attending the fair and why you have approached the employer in front of you. Write your notes on the following lines:

Prepare to ask questions Have a look through the pages that follow and identify four employers that you would like to approach at the fair. Think about two questions that you would like to ask them. For example, prepare questions that will help you decide if a particular career or a particular organisation may be the one for you. You may wish to find out more about opportunities for professional qualifications, long-term careers prospects, work-life balance, job security, work environment, training & development opportunities, content of work, opportunities to work internationally, and job availability. You may also wish to ask questions about recent news stories or big issues facing a particular organisation or industry. Ensure you do not ask questions which can be easily answered by doing some very basic research.

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Recruitment opportunities: We recruit for Trainee Solicitors all year round. Business areas we are recruiting for: All legal business areas. What we are looking for: We are searching for candidates who can demonstrate professionalism, interpersonal skills, clear communication skills, enthusiasm to work hard and meet deadlines, commercial awareness, analytical skills and a real passion for law. Candidates will need to demonstrate a high standard of academic achievement at A-level and degree level. Disciplines recruited from: All disciplines. Application method: Online application form.

The General Council of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, was founded in 1894 and is the governing body for barristers in England and Wales. Its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way aecting the administration of justice. Every prospective barrister in England and Wales must join one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns provide scholarships, educational and collegiate opportunities and continuing professional development. Representatives will be on hand to provide prospective barristers from any academic discipline with helpful information on pathways into the profession and careers at the Bar.

Application deadlines: There is no deadline. How we like to be approached during a fair: By enthusiastic students who have already undertaken some research into the legal industry. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To engage with some quality students who want to find out more about becoming a lawyer.

Register for and attend the Careers with a Law degree event on 10th October and Noncommercial Lawyers panel on 17th October to explore your career options. Find out more at www.city.ac.uk/careers.

Contact: ................................................................... info@accutrainee.com www.accutrainee.com

Contact: ................................................................... www.barcouncil.org.uk 4|5


Recruitment opportunities:

Recruitment opportunities:

Four 12 month pupillages with an award of £60,000 for pupillages commencing in October 2015. Mini-pupillages are assessed and form part of the applications process for pupillage.

• 2016 training contracts: minimum ten vacancies • 2014 vacation scheme for training contract applicants

Business areas we are recruiting for:

Business areas we are recruiting for:

Work undertaken covers areas of commercial, employment, public/human rights law and EU. Commercial incorporates financial/business law, financial services, international trade, conflicts, media and entertainment, sport, intellectual property and professional negligence. Public law includes all aspects of human rights and representation both for and against central and local government and regulatory authorities.

Full-service law firm.

What we are looking for:

All disciplines.

Successful candidates will usually have at least 2:1 degree classification with honours, though not necessarily in law.

Application method:

Disciplines recruited from:

Application deadlines:

All disciplines.

Training contract with vacation scheme: 31st March 2014. Training contract without vacation scheme: 7th July 2014.

Application method: By using Chambers, own application form, addressed to Julia Hornor, or online at www.blackstonechambers.com. Application deadlines: By 1st April 2014 for applicants planning to apply for pupillage commencing in 2015. How we like to be approached during a fair: We are happy for students to approach us at our stand at any point during the fair. We do not accept applications at the fair, but are very pleased to be able to speak to potential applicants.

What we are looking for: We are looking for ability, enthusiasm and contribution. Candidates will be high-calibre people with significant personal achievement, strong interpersonal skills and an excellent academic record. Disciplines recruited from:

Online application form which goes live on 1st November 2013 for 2016 trainee intake.

How we like to be approached during a fair: We are happy for people to approach us, therefore please do come and talk to us about our firm. If you have done research on Blake Lapthorn, it always helps and then we can answer your specific questions. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To meet future applicants for us to recruit as trainees in 2016.

Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: City University London offers a wide range of very able candidates both on the LLB and postgraduate courses including the GDL and BTPC. It holds an excellent reputation and a number of our members of chambers have attended City. Contact: ................................................................... pupillage@blackstonechambers.com www.blackstonechambers.com

Contact: ................................................................... graduateinfo@bllaw.co.uk www.bllaw.co.uk


The Chambers Student Guide lifts the lid on all the major firms and barristers’ chambers to give you the true picture about training. We can also tell you about each firm’s strategy, application process and vacation schemes; about law schools and how to seek funding for course fees; about the best way to build your cv and how to perform well in interviews. Come over and pick up a free copy of the Student Guide from our stand. We’ll also be happy to answer any careers questions you might have.

Your Careers Service

Visit us online at www.chambersstudent.co.uk.

At www.city.ac.uk/careers, you can:

You can also find us on Facebook, where we post regular links to useful ‘commercial awareness’ stories.

• Book online for cv, cover letter and application form checks (20 minute appointments), mock interviews and in-depth career guidance sessions (45 minute appointments) • View hundreds of graduate roles, placements and internships, part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities on and off campus • Register to attend a range of career events to gain first hand company information, network with employers and access the hidden job market • Access a comprehensive range of resources, including career videos, career guides, statistics on what recent graduates from your course are doing and view hundreds of useful links to external resources.

Do not miss out on the following events: Macfarlanes cv clinic – 21st November (afternoon) Taylor Wessing Partner Talk – 21st November (evening) Find out more at www.city.ac.uk/careers.

Contact: ................................................................... www.chambersstudent.co.uk 6|7


Recruitment opportunities:

Recruitment opportunities:

The Civil Service Fast Stream is a talent management programme for graduates who have the potential to become future leaders of the Civil Service.

In 2014 we will be recruiting for individuals who are already established in practice and candidates who are looking to begin their career within a growing and innovative legal services environment. We recruit into entry level roles such as Paralegal and Support Assistants with a view to progressing their careers through a structured and achievable succession route.

Business areas we are recruiting for: Education, Health, Justice, Employment, Defence, Transport, Climate Change, International Development and Foreign Affairs. These are just some of the areas where graduates on the Civil Service Fast Stream get to put their ideas into practice, as they work on issues that affect the entire country and beyond.

Business areas we are recruiting for: We cover a range of legal practice areas but our key areas of recruitment will be Probate, Wills and Family Law.

What we are looking for:

What we are looking for:

A minimum lower class second honours in any degree discipline (although for some schemes an upper second class honours degree is necessary.)

Undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates who have the passion and drive to deliver excellent customer service and the commitment to contribute to a growing organisation.

Disciplines recruited from:

Disciplines recruited from:

Any degree discipline.

LLB, LPC, GDL and other.

Application method:

Application method:

Online.

Via: www.co-operative.jobs.

Application deadlines:

Application deadlines:

GFS (including in-service) and all other schemes: 2 nd September – 31st October Analytical FS round 1: 2 nd September –30th September Analytical FS round 2: mid-February –7th April SDIP: 14th October – 3rd January

Indicated per vacancy.

How we like to be approached during a fair: By students who have done their research on working in the civil service and the opportunities we offer. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To target a diverse range of students who have the ability and skill to work in the civil service. We want to dispel the notion of the stereotypical civil servant.

Contact: ................................................................... http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/

How we like to be approached during a fair: In person by students with an understanding and desire to know more about way in which The Co-operative Legal Services works. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: Our London-based Family team is now one year old and has grown significantly. We have more growth planned across London, Bristol and Manchester for those students who are looking for opportunities in the Capital, the South West or North West.

Contact: ................................................................... www.co-operative.jobs


Recruitment opportunities: Summer vacation schemes (60 vacancies) We take students on our vacation schemes who are in the penultimate year of an undergraduate degree. We take both law and non-law students on our schemes. Apply between 1st October 2013 and 6th January 2014. Since we offer places as we go along, the sooner you apply the better. Training contracts (90 vacancies) If you want to apply for a training contract to begin in February or August 2016, you will need to apply online between 1st October 2013 and 6th January 2014 (for all students) or between 1st June 2014 to 31st July 2014 (for law students). Business areas we are recruiting for: Legal. What we are looking for: We are looking for people with strong academic qualifications (the ability to achieve a high 2:1 or first degree classification), a broad range of skills and a good record of achievement in other areas. Disciplines recruited from: All. Application method: Via our website. Application deadlines: See above. How we like to be approached during a fair: With an air of enthusiasm: it is also always impressive when a student’s opening line is something they already know about the firm. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: Attending the fair is one of the main ways we engage with students at City early on in the year. It is a great way to meet a healthy cross-section of students, and speak to them about their career goals.

First year students! It’s never too early to start thinking about your career – read on to find out why it is important to engage early...

Despite the majority of firms not offering work experience for first year students it is still extremely invaluable to visit the fairs to pick up brochures and talk to the trainees on the stands. This will definitely help you to distinguish between firms and make a more informed decision on who to apply to. Travers Smith We offer opportunities open exclusively for first year students to gain an early insight into a legal career and the firm so that they can decide whether it is the right career for them. Herbert Smith Freehills It gives students a chance to clear up any queries about the profession they may have. Researching careers early in your university career is important as it will help you decide whether this is the right path for you and you can make efforts to increase your chances of succeeding later on. Blackstone Chambers

Contact: ................................................................... www.freshfields.com/uktrainees/ 8|9


“IF YOU WANT VERY BRIGHT COUNSEL... YOU NEED TO GO TO LANDMARK” Chambers UK 2013

Landmark is a leading London chambers offering integrated advocacy and advice in four key areas n n n n

Environmental Planning Property Public

We offer up to three pupillages a year with an award of £45,000 for each pupil. We are a member of the Pupillage Gateway. For more information, please visit our website: www.landmarkchambers.co.uk Landmark Chambers 180 Fleet Street London EC4A 2HG DX:1042 (LDE) t: +44 (0)20 7430 1221 f: +44 (0)20 7421 6060 e:clerks@landmarkchambers.co.uk @Landmark_LC 6


Recruitment opportunities:

Recruitment opportunities:

FRU’s work is done by volunteers, who are law students, law graduates or lawyers at the start of their career. They use their legal knowledge and skills to help FRU’s clients, while gaining valuable advocacy experience.

We are currently recruiting for 2016: 100 vacation scheme places 70 training contracts.

Business areas we are recruiting for: Volunteers to represent clients in Employment and Social Security tribunals. What we are looking for: To qualify as a Social Security Representative, you must be at least a third year LLB student (or have reached May in your penultimate year) or a GDL student. To qualify as an Employment Representative, you must be at least a LLB graduate (or have reached May in your final year), an LLM student or a GDL student. Disciplines recruited from: Legal. Application method: Before you can volunteer for FRU you must go through training and ratification. Potential volunteers will need to attend a training day, pass a written test, observe a tribunal and attend an office induction before taking on a case. You need to take out your first case in one of our two areas of law, social security and employment, within a year of attending a training day in that subject.

Business areas we are recruiting for: Legal services. What we are looking for: Upper second class honours degree or above (or equivalent). Disciplines recruited from: All. Application method: Online application and online tests. Application deadlines: Please see website: www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers. How we like to be approached during a fair: We are open and approachable and would like to meet students who are enthusiastic and come equipped with intelligent questions. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To spot bright graduates.

Application deadlines: FRU runs the training days three times per year. Please see our website for further details: www.thefru.org.uk/volunteers. How we like to be approached during a fair: Come on over and ask as many questions in order to find out the benefits of volunteering for FRU. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To encourage as many students as possible to become FRU volunteers.

Contact: ................................................................... www.thefru.org.uk

Start thinking about your career now: In an increasingly difficult graduate market, with less job opportunities available it is essential to engage with employers early to get ahead of your peers and begin to decide through experience which career is right for you.

Contact: ................................................................... GraduatesUK@hsf.com www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers 10|11


Recruitment opportunities: • Pupillage: 3 pupils per year • Mini pupillage: around 50 per year. Business areas we are recruiting for: Public, Planning, Environmental and Property law. What we are looking for: We expect students to be in the second year of their studies to be considered for our mini pupillage programme.

Launching a career in the legal preparation is no simple matter. It requires knowledge, planning, insight and dedication. If you do not follow the rules of the game you are seriously diminishing your chances of success. LawCareers.Net and The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook are expressly designed to support and inform you as you work towards a legal career. That’s why they have always been, respectively, the most cited online and print resources in applications made over the last four years.

How we like to be approached during a fair:

Both products contain extensive editorial on the background to law, lawyers, types of firm and practitioner as well as guides on different work areas, the recruitment process and timetable as well as news and feature content. And, most importantly, both feature a comprehensive directory of firms and chambers recruiting graduates with the skills, drive and talent to become successful lawyers.

We expect students to approach our barristers with interesting questions and show real enthusiasm for their future profession.

Please visit our stand to pick up free copies of our print publications and to sign up for our email newsletter, LC.N Weekly.

Disciplines recruited from: All disciplines. Application method: Online application. Application deadlines: Please see our website for details.

Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: We believe that the fairs help us to maintain our position as one of the first chambers that students and graduates consider for both pupillage and mini pupillage programmes.

Contact: ................................................................... minipupillage@landmarkchambers.co.uk www.landmarkchambers.co.uk

Contact: ................................................................... info@lawcareers.net www.lawcareers.net and www.tcph.co.uk


Employer in Residence Employers will be based in the Careers Service for mock interviews or cv check sessions. This is to enable you to talk more informally on a one-to¬one basis with representatives from the company and to ask questions that could help you decide whether you would fit into that organisation’s culture.

Skills Sessions + PLUS + These sessions are an excellent way to develop the skills and understanding you have gained from attending the Employability Skills Programme. You will have the chance to broaden your understanding of what employers across different sectors and of different sizes look for.

Enhancing your employability through volunteering A range of events aimed at those looking to gain new skills and experiences and meet people. Find out where you can help, what prospects are available and the challenges faced by charities and NGOs.

Mock assessment and psychometric testing sessions Try out some of the practical exercises that employers may use and receive constructive feedback from fellow students and expert Careers Consultants about your performance. These sessions will help you prepare practically and mentally for the employer’s assessment day.

Panel events Several organisations will be on campus to talk to you about their role, their industry and entry routes to different professions. Presentations will be followed by an opportunity for questions and informal networking.

Employability Skills Programme This series of workshops will cover the skills that are most valued by employers, how you can reflect on these and how to articulate your experiences clearly when talking to employers. If you attend seven of the eighteen sessions you will be awarded a certificate.

Research your next career move, enhance your employability and meet with top recruiters: www.city.ac.uk/careers.


Lawyer2B is a must read magazine for anyone interested in pursuing a career in law. Its lively and compelling content includes news, analysis, jobs and features on all the major developments in the legal sector, as well as unbiased advice on breaking into the profession. Pick up your FREE copy of the autumn issue, from our stand today. You can also visit Lawyer 2B online at www.lawyer2b.com. Our website really is a ‘one stop’ shop for anyone wishing to pursue a career in law and by registering to our free weekly and fortnightly email news services you can keep up-to-date with all the latest deals news, gossip and jobs. Sign up today at our stand. Lawyer 2B is published four times a year – autumn (October), winter (December), spring (February), summer (May). Upcoming Lawyer 2B Events: Thursday 28th November – Not too late for law. Thursday 16th January – Law for non-law.

Recruitment opportunities: Training Contracts 2015/16. In February/March 2014, we will be reviewing our needs for our 2015 intake and we will publish any relevant information on our website at that time. Business areas we are recruiting for: All of the firm’s principle areas of expertise: (i) Clinical Negligence; (ii) Personal Injury; (iii) Human Rights; and (iv) International & Group Claims. Trainee Solicitors are expected to spend a minimum of 1 year in 2 of the firm’s departments. What we are looking for: Candidates with an excellent record of academic achievement and extra-curricular activities who have a demonstrable passion for our areas of work. We are looking for the next generation of lawyers to take the firm’s ethos forward. Disciplines recruited from: All. Application method: Cover letter, Application Form and cv – all relevant information will be published on our website. Application deadlines: To be confirmed. How we like to be approached during a fair: We would like to meet students who have read about Leigh Day and our work before the fair, show a genuine interest in finding out more about us and are not afraid of telling us about their aspirations. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: We chose to attend the City Law Fair because we would like to network with City students and raise awareness of our firm.

Contact: ................................................................... www.lawyer2b.com

Contact: ................................................................... www.leighday.co.uk/Careers


Now in its 9th year, The Lex 100 is the marketleading guide for law students at every stage of their legal education. Based on the findings of a questionnaire filled in by over 3,500 trainees, The Lex 100 is the only major law student guide which contains 100% independent editorial coverage. Last year we relaunched our website, www.lex100.co.uk to create an interactive site which helps future law students with the process of researching and applying to law firms for training contracts and vacation schemes. We also have a fully interactive firm comparisons chart so students can pinpoint the firms of their choice by various categories including practice area, location and the results of our survey. Follow us on Twitter at @thelex100 or Facebook to keep up to date with regular information the UK legal market.

Recruitment opportunities: LPC Law specialises in providing advocacy services to clients throughout England and Wales. To maintain LPC Law’s high standards of advocacy we look to recruit BPTC & LPC graduates to work as advocates in the County Courts. We are looking to recruit approximately 30 new advocates in London and the South East. Business areas we are recruiting for: Legal Services. What we are looking for: Candidates must have the ability to understand business needs and commercial realities, demonstrate independence and excellent time management skills. They need to be able to think quickly, research the law and apply it practically. They also need to have excellent public speaking skills and an ability to write accurately. Disciplines recruited from: Law, BPTC & LPC. Application method: Online via www.lpc-law.co.uk. Application deadlines: Year round recruitment. How we like to be approached during a fair: In order to make the most of the opportunity to speak with our representatives, attendees may find it useful to visit our website in advance to gain a basic understanding of the firm. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: In order to inform law students about advocacy opportunities available.

Contact: ................................................................... john.hancock@legalease.co.uk www.lex100.co.uk

Contact: ................................................................... recruitment@lpc-law.co.uk www.lpc-law.co.uk 14|15


Recruitment opportunities: Vacation schemes: 55 places (Easter and Summer) Training contracts: Up to 25 for training contracts commencing September 2016 and March 2017. Business areas we are recruiting for: Law. What we are looking for: We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background who have achieved or expect to achieve an upper second class honours degree classification (or equivalent).

Milkround is the UK’s most popular website for student and graduate careers. Milkround has everything to ensure a successful graduate career with internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes to get the experience you need and take it into a full-time position. On-site you will find news, career advice, industry guides and ideas about what to do with your degree to start narrowing your career search. Visit the Milkround stand today to register for free personalised email service or go to www.milkround.com/register.

Disciplines recruited from: All disciplines (both law and non-law). Application method: Online application form via the website. Application deadlines: Vacation schemes: 31st January 2014 Training contracts: 31st July 2014. How we like to be approached during a fair: By candidates who have researched the firm and taken time to think about the questions they would like to ask. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To meet candidates who are focused and committed to a career as a City lawyer. We would like to give students the chance to find out more about Macfarlanes, meet our trainees and graduate recruits and to get an insight into life at the firm.

Fair preparation sessions Get fast-track entry to the fair and learn how to make a great first impression on employers by attending one of our VIP sessions prior to the fair. Register online at: www.city.ac.uk/careers.

Contact: ................................................................... gradrec@macfarlanes.com www.macfarlanes.com/careers/ trainee-solicitors.aspx

Contact: ................................................................... www.milkround.com


Recruitment opportunities: We typically offer two 12 month pupillages each year. We also run a mini-pupillage scheme between October and Easter, with each mini pupillage lasting three days. Business areas we are recruiting for: We practise across a wide range of commercial and civil law, with a particular focus on EU, competition, VAT, other indirect taxes and public and administrative law. What we are looking for: Candidates invited to interview usually have a First Class Honours degree (although it need not be in law) or a graduate degree in law. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability and appetite for intellectually challenging legal work, excellent communication skills, both oral and written, ability to reason and argue persuasively and the spirit needed to succeed at the self-employed Bar.

RateMyPlacement.co.uk is the UK’s leading undergraduate resource to help students find their dream placement or internship. Read over 16,000 reviews from students just like you and browse through hundreds of job opportunities, including vacancies from the likes of PwC, Warner Bros, L’Oreal, Linklaters, Barclays, Microsoft and Rolls Royce. Check out our expert advice, industry zones and video content on RateMyPlacement.co.uk too! Interested in finding out who the top placement and internship employers are to work for, as voted by students like you on RateMyPlacement.co.uk? Come and grab a copy of our publication from our stand, A Students’ Guide to the Top Placement & Internship Employers 2013-2014, to find out who has made the top spot! Visit RateMyPlacement.co.uk to find out more and good luck with your search!

Disciplines recruited from: All disciplines. Application method: All applications for a 12-month pupillage should be made through the Pupillage Gateway. If you would like to undertake a mini-pupillage with us, please send a copy of your cv, together with a covering letter setting out the dates when you would be available, to pupillage@monckton.com. Application deadlines: Please see www.monckton.com for details. How we like to be approached during a fair: We are very happy to be approached by students in an informal manner. Our members are happy to offer advice and guidance to those who are considering a career at the Bar.

Contact: ................................................................... pupillage@monckton.com www.monckton.com

City’s Snapshot: Your Insight into Industry Scheme Would you like to meet with and shadow professionals who have specific knowledge about the occupation or career in which you are interested? Look out for City’s Snapshot Scheme at www.city.ac.uk/careers.

Contact: ................................................................... RateMyPlacement.co.uk 16|17


Recruitment opportunities:

Recruitment opportunities:

Legal Volunteers – 6 over a period of one year.

20 Training Contacts to start in 2015.

Business areas we are recruiting for:

Business areas we are recruiting for:

Equality Law Project.

Law.

What we are looking for:

What we are looking for:

Undertaking or completed BPTC or LPC.

We appoint 20 trainees each year from a law or non-law background. Although proven academic ability is important (we require a 2.1 degree or above) we also value energy, enthusiasm, business sense, commitment and the ability to communicate and relate well to others.

Disciplines recruited from: Law. Application method: Send cv and Cover Letter to Poornima@rota.org.uk.

Disciplines recruited from:

Application deadlines:

All disciplines.

1st November 2013.

Application method:

How we like to be approached during a fair:

Online application.

We would like to meet students who have researched ROTA’s work and prepared some questions before the fair.

Application deadlines:

Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: We are looking for volunteers who are passionate and committed to Public Law and Equality. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and put your knowledge of the law to practice, through working with voluntary and community sector organisations to hold public authorities to account.

Summer Scheme 2014 – 31st January 2014 & 2016 Training Contract – 31st July 2014. How we like to be approached during a fair: With enthusiasm and questions. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: We are looking forward to engaging with City University London students.

Employability Skills Programme Check out City’s Employability Skills Programme. This series of workshops will cover the skills that are most valued by employers and how to articulate your experiences in the best possible way. Register online at: www.city.ac.uk/careers

Contact: ................................................................... poornima@rota.org.uk www.rota.org.uk

Contact: ................................................................... manifesto@rpc.co.uk www.rpc.co.uk


Recruitment opportunities: First year fast-track, Industrial Placements, Summer Internships and Graduate Opportunities. For numbers of recruits please see our website. Business areas we are recruiting for: Investment Banking, Professional Services, Technology, Corporate Law, Advertising and Marketing, TV, Film, Publishing, Theatre. What we are looking for: All degree disciplines across all academic years of study. Disciplines recruited from: All degree disciplines. Application method: Via website: www.seo-london.com. Application deadlines: See website. How we like to be approached during a fair: We are happy to speak to all students from across all academic years. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: To improve access into the most competitive professions for students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds.

South Square is one of the leading commercial law sets of barristers. It specialises in restructuring/insolvency, banking, commercial, company, financial services and fraud related disputes. Members regularly appear in the courts and tribunals of various international jurisdictions in addition to those of England and Wales. Recruitment opportunities: Mini-pupillages (Funded and Unfunded) Pupillages funded (up to 2). What we are looking for: We are actively seeking to recruit the highest calibre of candidates who must be prepared to commit themselves to establishing a successful practice and maintaining Chambers’ position at the forefront of the modern Commercial Bar. The minimum academic qualification is a 2:1 degree. Disciplines recruited from: We recruit and train pupils and select our tenants from applicants with a wide mix of backgrounds and experience, whether recent university graduates or those seeking a second career at the Bar. A number of our members have degrees in Law, and some have the BCL or other postgraduate qualifications. Others have taken non-Law degrees and have gone on to take the CPE/GDL. Application method: Pupillage 2015 – Application Form (available to download from the website); Mini-pupillage – cv and Cover Letter. Application deadlines: Pupillage 2015 – 24th January 2014 Unfunded mini-pupillage – 22 nd November 2013 Funded mini-pupillage – 14th February 2014.

Contact: ................................................................... info@seo-london.com www.seo-london.com

Contact: ................................................................... pupillage@southsquare.com www.southsquare.com 18|19


Recruitment opportunities: Summer vacation schemes 2014: 45 places Training contracts for 2016: 25 places. Business areas we are recruiting for: Law. What we are looking for: We look for people who combine academic excellence with plain common sense, who are articulate, who think on their feet, who are determined and self-motivated and who take their work but not themselves seriously. Minimum requirements: AAB at A level (excluding General Studies). If graduated, an upper second class honours degree. Disciplines recruited from: All disciplines. Application method: Online via cv. Mail through our website at www.traverssmith.com. Application deadlines: Deadline is 31st January 2014 for summer vacation schemes and 31st July 2014 for training contracts. How we like to be approached during a fair: It is useful to have some questions on the firm prepared in advance so you can ask relevant questions to the trainees on the day. Why we are coming to City to attend the fair: We are looking to attract students interested in applying for our vacation schemes and training contracts.

Networking can be a daunting experience for some students – read on for some top tips on how to overcome the fear…

Research before you go. This will give you a clear idea of what you want to know and who from. You will be more confident and ask more informed questions. Enjoy the event and relish talking to those in the profession, you are likely to get a better idea of a firm/set at these events. Blackstone Chambers Remember that the purpose of networking is to build and develop relationships, not selling. Just be yourself and listen to others. People are generally more engaged when they are being listened to, rather than the other way round. Shift the focus from you to everyone else in the room. Macfarlanes What have you learned... …from each one of your top five employers today that you didn’t know already?

Contact: ................................................................... graduate.recruitment@traverssmith.com www.traverssmith.com

CONTACT: ............................................................ www.standardbank.com/graduates graduatesint@standardbank.com


After

the fair • Send a ‘thank you’ email to any contacts you met on the day. It might just add to the positive impression you have made and set the stage for future correspondence • Take note of everything that you have learned and refer to this throughout the selection and recruitment process • Think about how well you would fit into the organisations that you have spoken with.

Next steps • Get your cv or application form checked at the Careers Service • Practise interviews and assessment exercises •C  heck the Careers website regularly for upcoming campus events • Log on to the Careers website to view hundreds of opportunities and receive job email alerts.

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2013 Careers Fair: Law