The School places great importance on ensuring students’ employability skills are enhanced through their studies and a range of other activities within the Law School. There are two members of academic staff who are dedicated Careers Tutors, as well as extensive support from the University Career Development Service.
The Law Careers Fair is the highlight of each year’s careers activities where around 40 law firms visit the University. This is an excellent opportunity for students to make contact with recruiters in major firms. In addition, there is an annual Barristers Fair, where students can meet barristers from a range of chambers.
Events are organised throughout the year within the School, such as visits by Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers, law firms and Leicester graduates working in the legal profession. Presentations and coffee mornings have been arranged for both local and Magic Circle law firms such as Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Nabarro, Irwin Mitchell and SNR Denton. The Law School maintains close links with the Leicestershire Law Society. Local solicitors provide generous assistance in helping with the operation of legal competitions and the Legal Advice Clinic.
The Law Careers Tutors manage an active Law Careers Intranet site with weekly e-mail bulletins on the latest careers events, information and opportunities. We produce a Law Careers Handbook annually, as well as a guide to Law-Related Careers for those thinking of careers outside the legal profession.
The Law School encourages law students to take part in legal competitions. These competitions enhance the skills expected of barristers and solicitors—eloquence, clarity, an ability to think under pressure and subject to time constraints, and an ability to interpret the nuances of jurisprudence and apply it to a specific case. The School operates a number of competitions:
- Client Interviewing Competition offers students the opportunity to practice and improve their client interviewing skills which are crucial to those who intend to pursue a career as a solicitor.
- Mooting As in the Court of Appeal, you must argue points of law before a judge (actually an academic staff member). Many chambers and firms would expect graduates to have experience of mooting and for graduates not pursuing a legal career you will be equipped with essential presentation and reporting skills.
- Negotiation Competition is an opportunity for law students to practice, improve and pit their negotiation skills against one another.
The Pro Bono Group is another is another excellent way of preparing for work in the legal profession (and beyond). This student-led organisation has two main strands
- Legal Advice Clinic Student legal advisers offer advice on a free pro–bono basis to students and staff.
- Innocence Project A student–run initiative seeking to overturn wrongful convictions in real world cases.
The School awards a number of careers-related prizes each year.
- The 36 Bedford Row Prize (Best overall second year performance by a student intending to be a barrister)
- The Leicestershire Law Society Prize (Best graduate of the year intending to practise as a solicitor)
- The Neil Head Memorial Prize, donated by Josiah Hincks Solicitors, Leicester (Best overall performance of a graduate intending to practice as a solicitor in Leicester/Leicestershire)