At City you will be provided with one-to-one careers support and guidance.
At City you will be provided with one-to-one careers support and guidance. The School has an onsite Career & Development Centre and you will also be able to access the University's Centre for Career Skills & Development.
Both centres provide services including: career workshops and presentations; CV and job application advice; mock interviews, vacancy information and much more.
Career and Development Centre
A Careers Adviser from the Centre for Career and Skills Development will be at the Career Centre on Tuesdays in term-time to offer 45 minutes careers guidance on a one to one basis by prior appointment, which includes help with the following:
- Producing a CV
- Completing Application Forms
- Interview preparation
- Mock interviews
- Alternative careers
- Creative job search
- Sources of careers information
- Vacancy Sources
- Further Study.
The Centre gives students access to a wide range of careers resources, including:
- Take-away handouts and publications on job seeking, legal and non-legal employers and occupational areas
- A selection of reference books
- Electronic resources including Prospect Planner.
Centre for Career Skills and Development
All law students can also use the central University Careers provision at the Centre for Career and Skills Development. The Centre offers students:
- Career information
- In-depth guidance interviews, mock interviews and drop-in sessions
- Employer Presentations
- Skills Workshops
- Aptitude Testing
- Details of full-time graduate vacancies (including legal related)
- Student Employment Service with access to a wide range of part-time and vacation vacancies
- Vacancy Board for graduate recruitment opportunities
- Careers Network - Access to City Graduates working in a variety of organisations.
Support for aspiring Solicitors
Whether you're a student on our LLB, Graduate Entry LLB, Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course or one of the LLM programmes at City a great deal of support is available to you to help with the process of obtaining a training contract in order to become a solicitor.
Many of the career-related events offered each year are designed to help you make connection with firms and find out more about the profession.
In addition, staff are on hand to help you decide which are the best firms for you to direct your applications towards and to advise you on other activities to consider which will help strengthen your chances of success, such as taking up a work placement in a law firm or getting involved in the City Law School pro bono activities.
The annual Law and Social Sciences Fair held at City brings in representatives of leading firms with whom you can discuss training opportunities. Other opportunities to meet practicing solicitors from firms looking to recruit trainees are also offered including: presentations, speaker events and informal drinks evenings.
Before arriving to take up your place on the LPC, you will be sent detailed information on the Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS). This is provided by members of the LPC teaching team who have extensive experience of all types of legal practice and of recruitment procedures across a range of law firms.
They will also help you look for employment or voluntary work in the area of law in which you are interested and identify other ways in which you can demonstrate your commitment to becoming a lawyer in order to increase your chances of success, including participation in pro bono activity.
The TCAS programme begins at the start of the LPC and runs throughout the year, offering a series of evening presentations and lunchtime Career Bites sessions as well as CV and letter-writing support, mock interview practice sessions and advice on alternative careers.
Support for aspiring Barristers
Whether you're a student on our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS), Legal Practice Course, LLM Legal Practice, or our LLM in Professional Skills at City we support you all the way to help with the process of obtaining a training contract in order to become a barrister.
Many of the career-related events offered each year are designed to assist with making applications, developing your CV and learning how to focus your covering letter to barristers' chambers.
Staff are also on hand to help you decide which are the best chambers for you to direct your applications towards and to advise you on other activities, which will help strengthen your chances of success such as obtaining a mini-pupillage or getting involved in The City Law School pro bono activities.
In addition, approximately 20 chambers evenings are held each year. These are informal events run by individual sets of chambers exclusively for City's students, and cover most of the main areas of practice at the Bar.
They normally take place within sets of chambers themselves, and include short talks on the host set's area of practice and approach to recruitment, followed by a drinks party-style session at which students have the opportunity to talk individually to members of the set.
The fact that some of these events have been held annually for more than ten years is a measure of their usefulness, and an increasing number of barristers attending them are themselves graduates of the University's law courses.
Some sets of chambers have adapted the chambers evening format over the years, and now combine their events with mooting sessions or more formal mooting competitions.
Seven of the Bar's leading sets sponsor and judge an essay competition for the University's final year law students, awarding prizes in all seven foundation areas of legal knowledge.
Careers support is available to you as soon as you accept your offer for the BVS course at City and remains available free of charge for five years after you finish. If you are deferring for a year, this support will become available to you the summer before you start the course.
As with all the programmes at The City Law School, staff will help you look for employment or voluntary work in the area of law in which you are interested and identify other ways in which you can demonstrate your commitment to becoming a lawyer in order to increase your chances of success, including participation in pro bono activity.
Advice on obtaining a pupillage in particular is made available to students from the point of acceptance on our BPTC through the Pupillage Advisory Service.
Recommended websites for legal work placements, mini pupillages and job vacancies.
Vacation Placements, Mini Pupillages, Pupillages and Training Contracts
- Bar Standards Board
- Chambers and Partners
- Graduate Jobs
- Graduate Prospects
- Law Society
- Pupillage and how to get it
- The Pupilage Podcast.