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Why City Joining the University of London is a Big Deal

Includes reasons from City’s very own Vice-Chancellor. ivubhsjn

In September 2016, City joined the University of London federation, which is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse unis’s in the world.

But what does joining the University of London mean to City and its thousands of students and staff?

In her latest piece, second-year law student Christianah Babajide digs out reasons from City’s students and staff to find out why City joining the University of London is such a big deal.

Here are CityCareers top 9:

  • Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor (now President)

“Joining the university of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a great opportunity and a recognition of our far we have come as an institution.”

  • Emma Hancock-Taylor, BSc Speech and Language Therapy

“The University is London is well recognised around the world so to graduate as part of City but also as part of the University of London would be really good. it is very recognisable and it’s such a global brand.”

  • Professor Andrew Jones, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)

“City already has strong international research relationship of course but in joining such a strong brand as the University of London, then that really enhances our capacity to reach out to universities and academic research across the globe.”

  • Edoardo Faini, BSc Management

“Student experience at City will improve because I have access to the Senate House, which is the central library for universities of London.

  • Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor

“City joining the federation demonstrates that the University of London continues to be a focus for academic excellence. City also brings unique links with many of the institutions in the City of London including the Lord Mayor’s Office, the Livery Companies and businesses in the Square Mile.”

  • Sumaiyah Javic, BPTC

“The libraries [Senate House] are so beautiful. You are kind of spoilt for choice!”

  • Christianah Babajide, Bachelor of Lawsshouting

“It is a big deal because it is a key milestone in City’s long history and stands as recognition of the great strides that it has made as an institution over the last decade.”

  • Michelle Preston, Head of Student Services

“Joining the University of London means that students will gain access to the intercollegiate Halls of Residence. The University of London Housing Services Team is quite extensive and provides some really good support for students living in the private sector.”

  • Issy Cooke, Former President of City’s Students’ Union

“The Career Service at the University of London will offer our students a much broader range of opportunities and access to different businesses, different organisations and different events.”

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Christianah Babajide is a legal journalist and aspiring barrister. She is studying her Bachelor of LawAuthor: Christianah Babajides at The City Law School. On behalf of City University London’s Careers Service, she hopes to write event reviews and be sharing crucial tips she has learnt over the years in her LLB degree on this blog. Christianah also writes for Lawbore as a Future Lawyer. 

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Do you want to become a Student Ambassador?
Do you want to Volunteer for an upcoming legal website?
Then Get Involved with Law Student Help!

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The legal extra curricular activity that will genuinely make you stand out – the Model United Nations

Whether you’ve just started your LLB  or conversion GDL or are already a couple of years in to that LLB, you may have picked up the nagging suspicion that securing that 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree or distinction in your GDL is not going to be enough in today’s competitive legal recruitment market. And you’d be right. In fact you can read some articles here, here and here that directly address the issue of the role extra curricular activities (e.g. activities other than your course of study or work experience) can play in making you an attractive candidate to that Firm, Set of Chambers, in house Law function or Public Sector body.

It’s at this point I’d like to draw your attention to a one off opportunity that might fit neatly into your busy schedule and will allow you to demonstrate some of the essential skills required of a lawyer. It’s called the Model United Nations and there is one taking place in Reading from Friday through to Sunday, November 27th to 29th.

What is the Model United Nations? It’s an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. More recently, simulation of other deliberative bodies, such as the United States National Security Council, has been included in Model United Nations, even if they are completely unrelated to the UN or international affairs as a whole.

During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills can include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing.

Delegate Registration is open now.

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Making the Most of Your Student Guide

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 kphotonow 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.

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“Essential first year advice” by Chris White of Aspiring Solicitors

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.

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New Resource Update: Government Legal Service

Are you studying law but not sure you want to go into commercial practice?  The Government Legal Service is a great option for pupillage, training contracts, vacation schemes and graduate careers for law students.  Over 30 government departments including HMRC, the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills hire law graduates.  Working for the GLS can be a great way to practice law in a variety of different areas.

We’ve rounded up some resources on what the Government Legal Service is, what it’s like to work for the GLS, and application procedures and requirements.  Use the links below, or look under Government Legal Service on CareersHub Resources.

Applications should be made before your final year.  The application period opens 1 July 2014 and closes 31 July 2014, so start thinking now if you want to apply next summer to start in 2015.

GLS Official Website

Chambers Student – Guide to Government Legal Service

Law Gazette – In House: Government Legal Service

Prospects – Life as a GLS Lawyer

TargetJobs – Government Legal Service Pupillage, Training Contracts and Graduate Schemes

Trainee Solicitor Surgery – Government Legal Service video

All About Law – How Do You Get Into the Government Legal Service?

All About Law – How To Join the Government Legal Service

The Law Society – GLS: Non-Traditional Work for Non-Traditional Lawyers