This page is about student-oriented opportunities. For “normal” legal jobs, see Jobs.
Advice for young lawyers seeking good jobs!
Seven Sins of the Law Firm Interview comes from National Accident Helpline and provides advice for law firm applicants. There is advice on avoiding a muddled CV, tryng not to leave a trail of indiscreet social media, what to wear for an interview, the benefits of researching the firm involved, and avoiding cliches like “I love the law”. Whilst written with humour, there is good advice here.
There is also good advice for how to survive the law degree including how to use social media to find required law books cheaply, making useful contacts during the degree, spreading out revision (insead of trying to do it all at once) and volunteering for useful projects (which will look good on the eventual CV).
AllAboutLaw is a lively law careers resource for school leavers, students and graduates. They aim to help students with information ranging from the Areas of Law and Top Law Firms to work for to Interview Tips for Law. They also cover courses, jobs, internships and work placements.
The Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division provides Information for LPC students, paralegals, trainee solicitors and solicitors up to five years qualified. Topics include how to find a training contract, how to use LinkedIn to find Jobs, news items and blogs.
Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services describes a new undergraduate level legal apprenticeship being introduced by Kaplan Altior for people who want to work in law or are already working in a legal environment and want to progress. An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can ‘earn while you learn’ and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. They take between one and four years to complete and cover many different job roles. They offer an alternative entry point into the legal sector and it is intended that they will eventually provide a complete route to qualification as a lawyer.
Law Careers Net is a comprehensive online resource for future lawyers which has now been running for 10 years and oeprates in association with the Law Society. The site offers full details of how to go about joining the legal profession. It features over 1,250 employers and legal educators in three comprehensive directories (firms, barristers, course providers) as well as comprehensive editorial, news and features. There are blogs and podcasts and the site focuses on a specific firm each week. There is a newsletter called LC.N Weekly which goes to over 15,000 readers every Tuesday and the site as a whole is visited over 3 million times per year.
graduate-jobs.com/degree/law (the part of the graduate-jobs.com site for law graduates) provides a range of legal careers, vacation schemes and insight days for students and university leavers. Whether they have completed their LLB or have studied for another degree, the site indicates where there are opportunities for law graduates everywhere from international law firms to small practices. There is a general section (not just for lawyers) providing career insights for all graduates – How to find a graduate job, Interview Reviews, Job Descriptions, Blogs, News and case studies.
Law & Legal provide information on popular law careers with guidance on training and opportunities for law jobs in the UK. There are sections on entry requirements, course options and good establishments for study, gaining a training contract, CV and application tips, starting salaries and career development and job prospects.
StudyingLaw.co.uk provides all sorts of information to law students and potential law students. There’s information on studying law at university, advice on getting a training contract and even more basic information such as the steps you need to take to become a solicitor. For example Your career options is a visualisation of the steps you need to take to get a certain legal role.
Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs was founded in 1990 to promote the excellence and professional recognition of Legal Secretaries and PAs. They are a professional organisation with Students and Members throughout the UK and overseas. The Institute provides nationally recognised qualifications and helps people with their legal secretarial careers by giving advice, support and career guidance. The Legal Secretaries Diploma course provides the legal knowledge and skills needed to work as a Legal Secretary. There are evening classes in London throughout the year and also Distance Learning available. There is a section for members only and a section for jobs.
LawConvert.co.uk concentrates on explaining qualification as a solicitor for those with a UK non-law degree, including an explanation of what the procedure is, and what qualification will be entailed. There are many different routes available for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in England & Wales. The methods in which a person may qualify will differ depending upon the situation. For those holding previous degrees, the common routes to qualifying require students to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This is a practical course, designed to teach students how to work in the legal environment. Students without a.UK law degree are likely to be required to take additional courses before being able to take the LPC. Whether or not this is the case, and what courses these are will be dependent upon both the location and nature of qualifications. Finally, for those without a degree at all there is a unique qualification route provided for them through the Institute Legal Executives (ILEX). There is more on all these routes on the site. Chambers Student Guide, with extensive information on finding training contracts and the sort of firms to contact. There are sections: Find a Training Contract, Learn about the Bar and Pupillage, Find a Law School, and Discover how to get started in the law. Chambers & Partners has been publishing the Student Guide for 14 years and they are a very well established part of the overall legal scene.
ELIXIR (European Lawyers’ Information eXchange & Internet Resource) is a project based at The University of Birmingham Law School. This includes material provided by Dr Julian Lonbay on the different legal systems in all the EU countries, including training requirements, and an introduction to the EC Law on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications in EU countries. Information on notaries and bailiffs is now also included. There is a “What’s New” page which describes the areas of policy where there have been changes, and which parts of the web site relate to these.
Lawbore Future Lawyer is a blog focused on careers information for students from City Law School.
LawWorks Student Section describes the activities going on across the UK within law schools, and also those student pro bono activities available outside of law school. There are also useful links and resources and information about upcoming and past events. Their aim is to encourage the widespread involvement of law schools and their students in pro bono activity. The ultimate aim is to establish a commitment from students that will continue throughout their professional career. The site has a facegroup group to encourage contact between people interested in pro bono developments.
Lawyer2B.com is a useful student and trainee website and journal from the Lawyer. It provides information on careers in the law and how to secure a training contract or pupillage. There are news stories selected from the Lawyer’s main coverage and various features. There is also a video of LPC students at the College of Law talking about their experiences (not all good). There are separate sections: Law Firms and The Bar, Law in Practice, Education & Training, Careers, The Lawyer, and Graduate Recruitment Guide.
Newly Qualified Solicitor Jobs is a specialist website giving careers advice to newly qualified solicitors including application tips, latest job vacancies and general job hunting advice for junior solicitors. The site was created, and is maintained by, an ex-lawyer who has become acutely aware of the problems faced by many young lawyers at the start of their careers. There is a lot of useful information here about that vital first job.
Graduate Recruitment Bureau is a niche recruitment agency specialising in placing graduates into graduate jobs. They provide a free career matchmaking service for students and graduates and have a team of consultants who will inform work with the applicant. They have placed hundreds of high calibre graduates into many leading job roles across the UK in the past 15 years.
Pannone Trainees provide a summary of their typical working day. The aim of the diaries is to give students information about what they can expect from a training contract. There are also testimonials from two Pannone trainees who progressed from the position of paralegal to trainee, an avenue often overlooked.
Save the Graduate is a career portal supporting students and recent graduates on their path into the working world. The website is rich in content, and features a number of useful resources including a job search engine, application deadlines and employer profiles. Guides go beyond careers advice to cover a broad range of topics concerning life after university, including personal finance, self-employment and travel.
Student Pro Bono describes itself as “the gateway to Student Pro Bono”. There is a database of what law schools are doing in the pro bono area. The information available includes project description, who takes part, supervision details and contact information for those wishing to find out more. It can be searched using a variety of criteria. The initiative comes from LawWorks and Queen Mary University of London, fusing parallel initiatives and combining resources to create and develop a website solely dedicated to student pro bono and its promotion.
TARGETjobs Law is used by solicitors’ firms to advertise their training contracts and vacations schemes, and barristers’ chambers to promote their mini-pupillages and pupillages. The site also provides useful advice for law and non-law graduates on securing a job in the legal sector and the skills necessary to make a good lawyer, alongside graduate profiles, overviews of practice areas and legal news.
Ten percent Legal Recruitment are legal recruitment consultants for UK and international legal jobs and also provide one of the largest free sources of information for law students and lawyers on legal careers. The website has a careers centre with over 100 pages of information and advice, and is linked to LegalRecruitment.blogspot.com with a further 200+ articles on legal careers and recruitment, written by the Managing Director, Jonathan Fagan. There is a legal work experience scheme available to students and graduates at no cost, as well as the well-used list of “100 top legal job interview questions” (answers are available through the blog). The company also provides paid for services including Legal Career Coaching for a range of clients from law student through to senior partners and CV Writing Services.
Trainee Solicitor is a forum for trainee solicitors and wannabee trainees to discuss issues surrounding qualifying as a solicitor and training contracts.
WikiJob is a careers advice website for students and graduates interested in finding out about top careers, jobs and discussing interview processes at law, finance & accountancy firms in the UK. The site has been designed to let students and graduates find out what careers, employers and interviews are really like. It is the first candidate focused graduate recruitment website and the largest graduate job search community on the internet. WikiJob helps candidates find out what they really want to know about employers, and puts the power in their hands to tell other people what they think too. WikiJob’s Wiki profiles are open for anyone to edit, which means the information inside them has been written by both candidates and companies.
Particular firms offering training contracts
Eversheds Training Contracts are available to legal graduates and students looking for legal graduate jobs. Their training contracts consist of four seats of six months each over two years. At least one seat must be in a contentious area. As part of any training contract, you can also apply to do a secondment at a client office or at another Eversheds office in the UK or internationally.