(Please be aware that this information is relevant to Law Students and Non-Law students who are or may consider Converting to Law).
The October/November period is always busy and the Law School Careers Programme is dominated at this time of year by the big law firms who want to visit Cardiff Law School as part of their recruitment drive – Allen & Overy, Macfarlanes and CMS Cameron McKenna among others have already confirmed their involvement. Those of you more interested in smaller firms haven’t been forgotten – further talks will take place in the spring which will be relevant to your plans.
Careers sessions In addition to the employer talks (check facebook events) taking place this term, I will be running introductory sessions outlining the ways in which you can start developing your employability skills to increase your chances of application success in the future. I’ll also be running sessions on Preparing a professional CV, Completing Applications and Identifying the skills Employers Want. All welcome, regardless of year of study. Non law students who are considering converting to Law are also welcome to attend.
Cardiff Law Fair This annual event is taking place on Tuesday 5th November 2013 from 1.30-4.30pm at City Hall. This is an excellent opportunity to speak to approx 40 legal recruiters and to gain first hand information and insights from current trainees. See the Careers & Employability website for further details and a list of the exhibitors attending and the talks taking place on the day.
Prepare for the Law Fair It’s important to make a good impression at the Law Fair, so to help you prepare I have organised a preparatory event in the Law School on Thursday 24th October 5-7pm where firms Bond Dickinson (Bristol) and Capital Law (Cardiff) will be running sessions on ‘How to impress at the Law fair’ and ‘Developing and demonstrating commercial awareness’. Don’t miss it.
Careers at the Bar Those of you planning a career as a barrister will want to attend this evening event aimed specifically at you with talks from 2 local barristers (30 Park Place and Civitas) on ‘Life at the Bar’ and ‘Tips for getting pupillage’. This is taking place on Tuesday 19th November 5-7pm in the Law School.
Apply now! If you are interested in commercial law, now is the time to start applying for vacation schemes with the commercial law firms. Christmas vacation schemes have closing dates in October and November, whilst many summer schemes have application deadlines of 31st January. The LawCareers.net website has a useful list of vacation scheme (and training contract) deadlines. Many schemes target second year Law students and final year non law students, but there are also opportunities for final years students, GDL students and even first years. If you are an aspiring barrister, note that the closing date for BPTC applications is early January 2014.
Keep up to date If you’ve started to look at application forms for vacation schemes, training contracts or mini pupillages, you’ll know that legal employers are increasingly interested in your understanding of current affairs, the general business world and the implications for barristers and solicitors. A good way to keep up to date is to read a broadsheet newspaper regularly, and to browse the many free legal publications from the first floor landing in the Law School. Glossy magazines such as Legal Week and Lawyer2B will help you to keep up to speed with developments in the legal world as will http://www.lawcareers.net/ and the Guardian Law pages. More generally, the Economist and BBC Business pages are useful.
How’s your maths? May seem like a silly question, but many graduate employers require applicants to undertake a series of verbal and numerical reasoning tests as part of the initial selection criteria. If your mental maths is a bit rusty, don’t wait until the week of your tests to do something about it! Evidence shows that practice improves performance, so get over to Careers & Employability to check out their library of aptitude tests resources, and register to complete their free online practice tests.
Online Careers Resources Careers and Employability have developed an online careers resource: Career Central which is jam-packed with information, advice and guidance to help you with all your career related decisions and activities throughout University. It houses all Careers & Employability resources from CV booklets to subject specific Getting Started leaflets. Login with your Cardiff username and password to access the stacks of information designed to help you in your career planning.
The Career Consultant for Law is me – Helen McNally
To make an appointment with me you can book online.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Helen, Career Consultant for Cardiff Law School