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Extra Activities Outside the Law Lecture Hall

In an era of intense competition to get into the top law firms, you need to prove yourself as an all-rounder with a wealth of experience. Recruiters look for students who have practical experience in the real world, not just academic merit alone. Here are a few activities law students should get involved to boost their prospects.

Marshalling: this is a great way to learn about the inner workings of a court. Magistrate courts and Crown courts normally offer marshalling and you should approach them by sending an email to enquire about any availability. The experience allows you to see the court in action and if you are lucky enough to shadow a judge you can ask them questions about how they reach their judgments or what cases are the most memorable?

Open Days and First-year Springboard Scheme: many firms will offer first-year law students a chance to visit their firms. It allows you to learn about the firm, their environment and atmosphere. However, it works both ways, firstly it allows you to see if the firm appeals to you, and the firms can assess whether you are the candidate they want. If you are lucky and impress them enough you may secure a vacation scheme or a training contract. Attending these open days is beneficial when you want to later apply for a job at these firms as it shows them you have already taken the initiative to learn about their firm and is a good talking point in an interview.

Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB): volunteering at the CAB is a great way of learning how to deal with clients. You learn the techniques of interviewing them and extracting the relevant information. You confront the realities of the clients’ hardships and there is a deep sense of satisfaction when you are able to support them. The CAB thrives on the help of volunteers and there is a great sense of giving back to your community.

University Societies: joining your university society is a great way to interact and meet new people. You learn to network by attending various events hosted by the society. In addition, you can apply to be a president, vice president or various other roles to gain experience in taking on projects and show law firms your proven record of being responsible and having leadership qualities.

Local Law Firms: working at local firms are a great starting point for law students, although far from the glitz and glamour of city firms, they have the ability to give you great experience and skills that city firms are looking for. The local firms are normally focused on niche areas of law such as immigration and personal injury but their lawyers spend a lot of time training you. These lawyers have years of expertise and they really nurture you to bring out the best of your skills.

These are some of the many opportunities law students needs to take advantage of. Starting early is always beneficial and gives you more time to develop and hone your skills. So, expand your horizon and look for as many opportunities as you can!

Written By: RABIYA KHAWAJA

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Workshops with leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for first year students of all disciplines interested in a career in law – Apply now!

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Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world’s leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Find out how you could be a part of it.
It’s never too early to start thinking about becoming a brilliant lawyer. And getting a taste of Herbert Smith Freehills during your first year of study is a great opportunity to find out what you’ll need to do to successfully apply for a vacation scheme or training contract later on.

Each spring, we run two-day workshops at our London office. These are designed to give you an idea of what life at the firm is really like. You’ll hear from leading lawyers, take part in interactive projects, discover the variety of the law we practice, and shadow one of our current trainees.

Applications for our 2017 workshops will open to first year students from any discipline from 1 – 31 January 2017. We screen on a rolling basis so we advise you to get your application in as early as possible.

  • 23 – 24 March 2017
  • 12 – 13 April 2017

In order to apply, you will need to complete our online application form and an online verbal reasoning test. We do not interview for places on the workshop.

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong academic performance to date and have shown initiative by getting involved in lots of different things at university.

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How to Network Like a Pro

They say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.networking-communications-events-pr03534693af2d64e1b49cff00008aa896

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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Graduate Confession: “I miss my university already”

Anjeli JaiswalDuring the summer break, Christianah Babajide, one of Lawbore’s legal journalists, caught up with City University Law Graduate- from the class of 2016- and aspiring solicitor— Miss Anjeli Jaiswal.

Law School isn’t for everyone. It is not uncommon to see a flock of law graduates turn to the Student Room to complain about how much university life sucked.
But not this former law student— who has only just graduated—and is missing her university already!
During the interview, Anjeli reminisced about the good times spent at City and talks about the challenges she faced during her three-year law degree.

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Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have released details about their 2016 Legal Trainee Scheme. You can find the full details including instructions how to apply here: Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme application guide. But in a  nutshell here’s what’s on offer.

  • The CPS is offering legal trainee posts to start in November 2016. Pupillage or Period of Recognised Training (PRT) are available, with posts offered in order of merit to the top performing candidates regardless of discipline sought.
  • Candidates must have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree. This does not have to be in law. Candidates with a degree in a subject other than Law will also have needed to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE).
  • Candidates are also required to have successfully completed, or be due to complete, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) to enable them to start with the CPS in November 2016.

According to the application guide the closing date for applications is the 12th of May 2016. If we can be of any assistance to you during the application process here in the Careers Service let us know.

Email: careers@city.ac.uk

Appointments: http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/for-students-and-recent-graduates/planning-your-career/book-an-appointment

Phone: 0207 0408093