Preparing law graduates for the future
Producing graduates who are highly employable is a central focus of City University London.
In 2013/14, The City Law School introduced a compulsory Graduate Market and Employability module for all LLB Law first year students to continue producing graduates that will leave the university well equipped to enter the world of work.
The module was developed to bridge the gap between the protective educational environment and the demands of professional life. It is designed to encourage students to engage with careers planning and improve their ability to learn independently.
Margaret Carran, former Director of the LLB Programme at City University London, commented:
"It is necessary for law degrees to equip students, not only with the skills required for the legal sector, but also for alternative professional careers. A strong academic qualification is now a pre-requisite for a successful job application; employers expect self-aware applicants who demonstrate the flexibility and resourcefulness needed for the continually changing global market".
The module draws on a combination of traditional career frameworks and a student-centred educational approach, incorporating independent study units on Moodle, lectures from careers professionals, talks from practitioners and panel sessions with The City Law School alumni who have pursued careers within and outside the legal sector and are now working for organisations, such as Linklaters, Pump Court Chambers, Clifford Chance, Willis Towers Watson and PwC Legal. Bespoke employers' workshops have been delivered by leading law firms.
The combination of lectures, talks and self-directed units have been designed to encourage students to engage in self-reflection and empowers them to manage their own careers. Developed in conjunction with the City University's Careers department, the Employability module is unique to The City Law School and will help students to make better informed decisions about the career path they take, whether in the legal sector or not.