They say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Second-year law student Christianah Babajide, interviewed top law students across the country to dig out the best and most effective tips for newbie networkers.
Now, more than ever, you will hear a lot about the importance of “networking.” In other walks of life, networking simply means getting to know people but the meaning weighs heavier for law students. Nowadays, networking can either make or break your legal career.
Networking events usually consists of the attendees networking in a room over lunch or canapes, and demonstrating their commercial awareness, or lack of it, to big-shot City Lawyers.
Whether you like it or not, as law students, you have to network, network and network some more. But If you play your cards right, you can find yourself networking your way to Continue Reading
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The global law firm held an exclusive Open Day which means I had the opportunity to receive tips from Recruitment Adviser Clare Feaver – straight from the horse’s mouth.
1. The Application Form
A few weeks ago, Bethany Foote delivered an interactive workshop at The City Law School. Beth works in the award-winning graduate team as a Recruitment Specialist at Clifford Chance.
She was able
Earlier in the summer new research from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty commission caused controversy with its ruminations on the proportion of private school educated students finding their way into the “top of the society”. Chiefly by looking at the percentage who find their way into the top echelons of their career sector. That includes looking at job roles like court judges. Whilst there’s nothing the UK likes better than reflecting on class divide in its society, how diverse really is the legal profession in the UK?
What might surprise you is that on both the solicitor and barrister side both the The Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been actively tracking and reporting this information. The Bar Standards Board does so in its yearly “Bar Barometer” report. The SRA goes a step further and in 2011 announced that all firms regulated by the SRA would be required yearly to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity make-up of their workforce. When it comes to publishing the data they can choose when during that 12 months and they aren’t required to report sexual orientation, and religion or belief. But all else is there to see.
Would this information influence your shortlist of Firms/Chambers?
GLS – Government Legal Service – applications now open
Applications opened today for 35 trainee solicitor and pupil barrister places and closes on 31 July. The GLS employs 2000 lawyers (75% Solicitors and 25% barristers) who advise ministers and colleagues on the legality of proposed policy , create new legislation or represent the govt in high profile litigation cases.The role really suits people with a keen interest in Politics. The work environment is supportive and collaborative. There are no long hours and flexible working hours are in place. Those who draft legislation as it goes through parliament feel a sense of uniqueness. Tips for applications: show a strong interest in politics, follow stories in the media and think how legal services can tie in, demonstrate why interested in public law + attend GLS open days. Few in the GLS have trained there, but move into the role later. Warning: competition is very severe. e.g. 3000 previously applied for 20 places. http://www.gls.gov.uk/
A guest blog post from The Lex 100
The internet brings good tidings: you are, at any point, exactly one “How to… law” Google search away from an embarrassment of information riches on how to ground and grow your legal career. To add to that, you can also count on student guides to law for overviews and peer to peer reviews of the training contracts of particular firms.
Because we know it can be difficult to filter through all the facts and figures that student guides have to offer, we’ve put together a list of five key points we think will help you research even more efficiently:
1) Says who? We get everyone’s input when we’re in a spot, but we generally only take advice from people we trust. Conversely, always look into where a guide’s coming from and how it got its information, and make sure that what you’re reading came from sources and through methods you find both convincing and reliable.
It’s not just careers services that are aware what a vital tool a blog can be in providing its audience up to date, engaging and meaningful information. Companies are increasingly turning to them too. Take Grant Thornton as an example. They’ve got 9 recent trainees blogging without restraint and with a good degree of frequency. So, if your interests lie on the legal side of things it’s unmissable stuff. Interested in other areas? See if your favourite companies are blogging too and keep an eye on our own blog roll on this site.
My name is Chris White and I am a solicitor at a leading global law firm.
When I started university as a law student 10 years ago(!), I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a “first generation undergraduate” in my family and had no “family contacts” in the legal profession, but I knew I wanted to become a solicitor. However, very early on in my first year I made a huge error, one that nearly prevented me from securing my goal of becoming a solicitor at a leading global law firm.
At a Law Society event, I made the error of listening to a third year law student who told me that first year grades at law school “didn’t count”. This person was on the Committee of the Law Society so I automatically added extra weight to his advice. Looking back at this advice, I can honestly say that it was the worst piece of advice I received throughout my entire 4 year degree course.