Networking your way to a legal internship or work experience

Posted by MaraGardner on 24 March 2015

Missed the deadlines for a vacation scheme or mini-pupillage? Looking for work experience in other areas of law? There are alternatives for work experience and networking is a key way to unearth these opportunities.

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Topics: employability skills, law, work experience

Conversations with a Commercial Barrister

Posted by careers consultant on 21 March 2014

Many of the recent law careers blog posts have focused on careers as a solicitor in a commercial law firm. Arguably, this is entirely appropriate, given that there will be around ten times as many training contracts as pupillages available this year. In fact, there are likely to be less than 400 pupillages available in total. Of those pupillages, only a very small number will be in sets of chambers specialising in commercial law. That said, a career at the Commercial Bar could offer a rewarding alternative to students with top academics (and I really do mean top!) and a strong interest in commercial law. I talked to Anton, a junior tenant at Essex Court Chambers, to find out more….

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, employability skills, law, work experience

A time for reflection...

Posted by VickiTipton on 25 March 2013

Employers often cite a lack of reflection as a reason why an application might not stand out – for example, an applicant may not have spent enough time thinking about how they actually contributed to a team’s effort to get to the final of a mooting competition. This shows in an application and doesn't help move you up the shortlist.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, employability skills, CVs and applications, law, work experience

Preparing for summer (what can you do if you haven't got a vac scheme?)

Posted by Stephen Gurman on 18 March 2013

by Stephen Gurman

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, CVs and applications, law, work experience

What is commercial awareness and how do I get some?

Posted by VickiTipton on 18 February 2013
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Topics: CVs and applications, assessment centres, law, work experience, Interviews

Answering your toughest interview questions

Posted by Stephen Gurman on 1 February 2013
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Topics: Jobs and Internships, law, work experience, Interviews

Mini pupillages: what are they and how do you get one (or more?)?

Posted by VickiTipton on 5 December 2012

What is a mini pupillage?

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Topics: CVs and applications, law, work experience

Not studying law as a first degree? - Starting points on getting vacation work

Posted by Stephen Gurman on 28 November 2012

What any recruiter wants is to know that you are capable, that you are motivated, and that you will fit into their organisation. Law Firms and Barristers Chambers are no different.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, CVs and applications, law, work experience

Making the most of networking events – with ALUMNI or EMPLOYERS!

Posted by Stephen Gurman on 19 November 2012

By now you may be getting the most you can from them, and be quite good at getting a conversation going – but in case you still find them daunting – HERE ARE SOME EFFECTIVE QUESTIONS YOU COULD TRY!

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Topics: law, work experience

Want to get into law? Get involved!

Posted by Stephen Gurman on 12 November 2012
by Stephen Gurman
A question we’re commonly asked is “what are law firms looking for?” While there is no one answer applicable to all, there are common qualities that many law firms are looking for.

It goes without saying that law firms are looking for students to have strong academic results. However, many firms see strong academics as a first step; your grades alone will probably not be enough to secure a training contract. Helpfully, many law firms offer advice in their publications and websites regarding how you can impress them. Rather than give you our views, we thought you might want to read what some of the leading law firms have published:

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Topics: CVs and applications, law, work experience

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