Our career skills seminars
Our career skills seminars provide you with the best possible start to planning your legal career through a menu of: (i) extra-curricula vocational training, (ii) guest speaker events, and (iii) the opportunity to network with your potential future employers. Our career skills seminars have a broader focus than our commercial awareness workshops; they aim to provide practical advice and sound guidance to help you kick-start your legal careers by developing your comprehensive skills-set and increasing your prospects of forging a career in law.
Why is it important for you to attend our career skills seminars?
Aspiring lawyers must be able to demonstrate certain discernible skills in order to succeed in the ultra-competitive legal recruitment process, and to operate effectively as a lawyer in the professional and business world. Law firms / chambers do not expect you to be the finished article, but are looking for "projected ability" and real potential. We help you develop your comprehensive skills-set and learn how to demonstrate those key skills in your application forms, during the assessment days and throughout the interview stages. The right careers advice can make all the difference to your future legal career, and our career skills seminars will help you to:
- develop your all-round portfolio of skills,
- boost your employability prospects, and
- equip you with the tools to succeed in legal practice.
Our career skills seminarscover all aspects of preparation for a career in the legal professionand include the following sessions:
*Guest speaker events: Leading lawyers give a talk on their careers and provide you with an insight into the realities of what life is like as a commercial solicitor. You will gain an understanding of what it takes to become a successfully forge a career in law and the portfolio of skills you will need to do well.
*Extra-curricula vocational training:
The legal landscape: We provide you with a greater understanding into what law firms are looking for in these challenging times within the current trainee solicitor recruitment market, and the factors to consider which type of law firms to apply to.
CV / cover lettermakeover: Consultants of Hays Legal, a leading recruitment agency, review your CV and offer you top tips and guidance on how to improve your CV.
Raising the standard of your application forms: tips and guidance on how to make successful applications and answer those tough competency-based questions; market your skills effectively, get your applications noticed and stand out from the crowd.
Assessment days: How to cope effectively with group exercises, the written exercise, presentations, verbal reasoning tests and the case study.
Interview success: Tips to increase your confidence and develop your self-belief. We show you how to handle your nerves and use role plays and examples to help you improve your interviewing technique, answer difficult questions and maximise your performance.
Preparing for life as a trainee solicitor: Presentations by law firms on how to make it and survive in legal practice; you will be able to meet and hear the accounts of trainee solicitors, associates, partners and the graduate recruitment team. You will find out all you need to know about the role of a trainee solicitor; get an overview of different departments in law firms and develop professional skills so you hit the ground running once you start your training.
How to network effectively: We provide advice on how to approach / engage business professionals, and build contacts. There will also be networking opportunities with legal professionals.
Alternative career options and opportunities in law: A presentation by Hays Legal on what you can do if you complete your studies without a training contract. You will gain a better understanding of the different types of employers within the legal profession.
Our career skills seminars are practical skills-based training and interactive discussions designed to provide you with the opportunity to improve those key skills to get you through the legal recruitment process. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to develop your analytical, research, problem solving, teamwork, interpersonal, enthusiasm, motivation, time-management, organisational, commercial awareness and communication skills.
* Timetable of our career skills seminars coming soon.