Each autumn, the University hosts the Law Fair, in which we welcome over 50 law firms, including some of the largest law firms in the world, to the University's Great Hall. The attendees represent law firms of all sizes and most areas of practice.
Schemes and Placements
Through its status as a leading Law School and its links with the professions, the Law School is able to offer a unique combination of schemes to its students. In recent years, that offering has included a First Year Placement Scheme and a “Law in the City” event for second years. Many of the first students to have participated in these schemes during their degrees have gone on to secure training contracts at major law firms around the country. We are currently looking to continue to expand the exclusive placement opportunities for our students.
First Year Placement Scheme
Since 2009, the leading law firm Pinsent Masons has run a placement scheme, which enables selected students to gain valuable work experience at the firm at the end of their first year, an opportunity not normally available to candidates until the penultimate year of their degree.
"Law in the City"
For second years, we have worked in partnership with five global law firms – Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells and Slaughter and May – to organise a one-day event in London, ‘Law in the City’, which gives up to thirty of our high-achieving students the opportunity to meet with lawyers and recruiters from these firms and to attend applications and commercial awareness sessions throughout the day.
"Law in Practice” Seminar Series
The School runs a series of “Law in Practice” seminars, in which practitioners explain to students how the area of law relevant to a specific module works in practice. These popular sessions are invaluable opportunities for students to enhance their studies, and additionally enable them to improve their commercial awareness. Recent such seminars have included ‘Tort Law’ with Ince & Co, ‘Medical Law’ with Irwin Mitchell, ‘European Law’ with DLA Piper, ‘Media Law’ with Lewis Silkin and ‘Property Law’ with Mills & Reeve. Through our Pro Bono Group, we are also able to offer students lectures from those working for charities and campaign groups, such as the Howard League for Penal Reform.
In June each year, the Law School hosts “Employability Fortnight”, after the end of the examinations period in the summer term. The events which run in this fortnight have included an Applications Process Panel Session, a Midlands Circuit Court Visit followed by an Inner Temple Drinks Reception in the evening, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop by Herbert Smith, and dedicated Careers Advice Drop-in Sessions.
Peter Whitehouse, Law student: "The Law School regularly has top law firms come in and visit, giving us help and advice on how to begin our careers"
Students may find out more about entering the legal profession by joining the activities which are organised by the Holdsworth Club. This is a society exclusively for Law students, which organises many events attended and sponsored by representatives of major law firms, from pub quizzes to commercial awareness workshops. Through the Inns of Court Student Association, students can learn more about a career as a barrister and visit the Inns of Court in London.
Mooting and Debating
The Law School runs several mooting competitions, which regularly see barristers and solicitors visit the School to judge mock trials between student advocates. There is also an annual Debating competition, exclusively for Law students. Further details on mooting are available here.
The Law School is very proud of its Pro Bono group, which enables students to experience the practical application of the law, and to interact with practitioners in a variety of ways.