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Help and Information on Careers in the Law


 

Who can help me find information on careers in the law?

Careers & Employability has a range of resources and services available to help you. This includes:

  • Individual appointments with a career consultant
  • Workshops with online and printed guides to help you plan a job-hunting strategy, write a CV and prepare for an interview or an assessment centre
  • Careers fairs and employer presentations
  • Help planning and finding work experience

The Careers & Employability Centre is located at 50 Park Place - the centre's facilities includes desk spaces, computers with specialist careers software and a library. Staff here can also provide students with free copies of a range of publications including:

  • Chambers Student Guide: Careers in the Law
  • The LEX 100: The student Guide to the UK’s Premier Law Firms
  • The Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook
  • TARGETjobs: Law publications

For more information see the Careers & Employability web page What Can I Do with a Degree in Law?

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Does the University hold any events on careers in the law?

Careers & Employability hold a variety of events throughout the year including careers fairs, employability workshops and employer presentations. Of particular note is the annual Cardiff Law Fair which takes place in the Autumn term.

Cardiff Law School organises a full programme of talks on Thursday lunchtimes throughout the year including employer presentations, careers workshops and skills sessions.  The Law School also organises an event for its BPTC, LPC, LLM and final year LLB students called 'Alternative Career Routes into Law'. These usually take place during April.

Cardiff University Law Society raises awareness of external career-related opportunities and holds its own Public Speaking Series workshops where barristers and solicitors meet students and help them to develop public speaking skills.

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Do the Libraries have any books on careers in the law?

A number of books containing information on legal careers are available in the Libraries:

  • Cooper P and Cruickshank E, All You Need to Know About Being a Trainee Solicitor: What They Don't Teach You at Law School (Longtail Publishing Limited 2011)
  • Chambers Student Guide: Careers in the Law
  • Harrison C, From Student to Solicitor: The Complete Guide to Securing a Training Contract (Sweet & Maxwell 2010)
  • Robinson C, Ultimate Guide to Training Contract Success (Ultimate Guides 2010)
  • Stoakes C, All You Need to Know About Commercial Awareness 2011/2012: What it is and Why You Need it to Become a Successful Professional (Longtail Publishing Limited 2011)
  • Stoakes C, All You Need to Know About the City 2011: Who Does What and Why in London's Financial Markets (Longtail Publishing Limited 2011)
  • The LEX 100: The Student Guide to the UK's Premier Law Firms
  • The Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook
  • Wolfe G, The Path to Pupillage: A Guide for the Aspiring Barrister (Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters 2010)

You can find out where these books are located by searching LibrarySearch.

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Are there any online resources on careers in law?

There are a number of online resources on careers in the law including:

AllAboutLaw includes information on legal work experience, applications and interviews, range of legal and alternative careers and news.

Cardiff Law School has published a series of alumni profiles 

CareerPlayer.com contains an interactive video library to help you explore career options, get a feel for different industries and seek advice on how to break into them – it includes a channel on law and law related careers.

Chambers Student contains profiles of legal firms and chambers from confidential interviews with trainees and pupils. It also includes information on alternative career options as well as a career as a solicitor or barrister.

Lawbore Future Lawyer is published by the Law Library at City University. The site focuses on the career routes available to law students and offers an insight into the paths City University alumni have taken via articles and video interviews.

LawCampus is a website published by LexisNexis and contains 'A Day in the Life' videos for a Law Lecturer, EU Tracker Intern and a Court Reporter.

LawCareers.Net is published in association with the Law Society. It contains a wealth of information including directories of firms and chambers, information on becoming a lawyer or barrister, training contract and work placement deadlines, news and meet the recruiter. They have also published a how-to-guide to researching law firms and features on commercial awareness, preparing for law fairs, acing that pupillage interview and applications for pupillage.

Law Student magazine is published by the legal publishing company Thomson Reuters and in 2011 one issue focussed on legal careers.

Lawyer2B is published by the same team who publish The Lawyer. It includes information on practice areas, survival guides on topics such as application forms and vacation schemes, Question of the Week, interviews and news.

Prospects is the UK's official graduate careers website. The Job Sectors: Law section includes information on training contract and work placement deadlines, job roles and law specialisms. The Options for your Subject: Law section includes information on alternative career options.

Pupillage and How to Get It is a blog written by a barrister - blog postings include tips on how to become a barrister as well as more general musings.

TARGETjobs: Law includes information on legal work experience, applications and interviews, a range of legal careers and practice areas, employer insights and job news.

The Law Society's Junior Lawyers Division website includes features on topics including vacation placements, videos on alternative careers to private practice and securing a training contract as well as FAQs.

The Legal 500 is a guide to leading law firms and barristers chambers in the UK and around the world. It includes detailed overviews of firms, chambers, legal practice areas and news.

The Lex 100 is a comparative guide to the leading law firms – it bases its information on the results of a survey sent to current trainees for their views about their firm.

Roll on Friday is an irreverent website that "provides news, views and gossip on the legal profession - including the top firms' salaries."