Support for aspiring solicitors
Whether you're a student on our LLB, Graduate 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 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.