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Law Student Help are looking for Law Student Volunteers & Student Ambassadors!

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!

 Law Student Help is a newly launched website aiming

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Should I do an Internship or Placement?

Work-Experience-Latest stats from The Graduate Market in 2014  Report* has indicated that “ Recruiters have confirmed a record 37% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations – either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work – and therefore are not open to other students from the ‘Class of 2014’ ”. This stat confirms the strong value employers place on experience, so how do you choose which is right for you – internship or placement?

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Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme 2014 – for students from minority ethnic groups OR underepresented socio-economic groups

Interested in government and politics? Like to get a taste of what it might be like to work as a high-powered civil servant? Then you might like to apply for the Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme which prepares you to compete more effectively for a place on the highly prestigious Fast Track Civil Service Graduate Scheme. The Fast Track programme leads to a careers in departments such as health, the environment, education, transport, the economy, justice, industry, agriculture, defence, welfare, taxation and  overseas development.

Vital Statistics

Recruiters for the Diversity Scheme have recently told us how disappointed they are with the very low numbers of applicants from City students.  They received only 7 applications from City students last year and there are at least 162 places available.

What advantages would a 6-9 week Summer Diversity placement give me?

The Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme  can help you to win a place on exceptionally competitive Civil Service graduate scheme known as Fast Track by providing you with  relevant wiork experience.  During the internship, you would also be  provided with a Fast Track buddy who will support your through the Fast Track application process. On the Diversity Scheme, you will be placed in a government department where you will be involved in stretching and challenging project-related work, including research, supporting projects, assisting on policy documents, shadowing senior civil servants and attending critical meetings with senior advisors on major issues. There is a training allowance in London of £350 pw. Continue Reading

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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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Training Contract* Antarctica?

Having been given a task to blog about trends around vacancies, I spent a good few hours (though admittedly no sleepless nights) trying to figure out which industry or sector my first post might be about. And then one morning, after the first sift through the emails but probably before the first coffee, I came across an article on the “The Lawyer” which reported a plunge in the number of training contract vacancies. Ouch. Gloomy news on an already gloomy day.

Being a law grad, a happy ex-vac schemer and a less happy ex-training contract seeker, this topic is close to my heart so I immersed myself in the article temporarily forgetting about those law fair invites that had to be sent.

If you love stats as much as I do, you’ll be interested to know that…

“In 2011/12 4,869 training contracts were registered by the Law Society compared with 5,441 in 2010/11 and 6,303 in 2006/07. The current figure is 16 per cent lower than pre-2008 numbers”.

These figures were reported towards the end of May in the Law Society’s Annual Statistics Report and show that the number of training contracts in 2011-2012 has decreased by 10.5 per cent as compared to the number in 2010-2011. Meanwhile, the numbers of applicants are going up.

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How to get valuable work experience as a Psychology student

Are you a Psychology student who is aiming to become a Psychologist, Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker or another professional role needing knowledge of mental health issues? Then you need to build relevant work experience into your CV whilst at City. Graduating without any relevant experience will mean you will have to volunteer after graduation to gain work experience, when you could be entering paid employment if you had gained experience beforehand. If you are planning to take a Psychology Masters, be aware that only a fifth of applicants are successful in winning a place on a course. So demonstrating your interest and commitment through work experience could help you to stand out against the competition.

When to start though? First year is ideal, as it will leave you time to take on a variety of roles, which will add depth to your CV, but if you are a second or third year, it is never too late to start.

Volunteering is the main way to get experience of working with people who have mental health issues and a huge range of opportunities exist. Continue Reading