Employability skills embedded into innovative Employment Law module

Employment Law students get hands-on experience working with solicitors and take part in a mock tribunal with a practicing judge

Students taking the popular Employment Law module on their LLB course are given opportunities to participate in activities and events to enhance their learning experience and employability. Students are able to develop their skills and receive feedback in ‘client advice’ exercises led by a solicitor from Geldards LLP, one of the leading legal firms specialising in Employment Law. The best performing students are selected for annual placements at Geldards LLP in Nottingham. These week-long placements fully immerse students in the daily working life of a solicitor where they are challenged with the tasks of preparing clients’ cases for employment tribunals, writing reports on legislation development, and attending tribunal hearings.

One student commented: “It has been a great opportunity for hands-on experience, putting theory into practice, particularly the chance to attend a tribunal alongside the employment team. The placement at Geldards has confirmed I would like to train to be a solicitor and hopefully specialise in the area of Employment Law.”

Such placements have contributed to students’ success in securing jobs after graduation. Students have benefited from the placements by securing training contracts with top law firm Baker McKenzie and job offers from Geldards LLP.Employment Law students also have the opportunity to participate in a mock tribunals with Employment Tribunal Judge Martin Bloom, Partner at Hegarty LLP. Mr Bloom offered high praise to students who took part in last year’s mock tribunal hearing and commented that it was extremely valuable for their professional training skills and employability.#

Embedding these opportunities into our curriculum puts legal theory into practice. Students are always enthusiastic about the “practical and commercial value” that this brings to their learning.

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