The University of Law (ULaw) solicitor apprenticeship programme, which started on 25th September 2017, is designed to create successful partnerships between the University, employers and apprentices to meet the requirements of the Government’s employer-led trailblazer standard for solicitor qualification.
The new solicitor apprenticeships herald a fantastic opportunity for both students and law firms alike, but as yet, places are limited. Kate Durcan speaks to recruiters and apprentices to reveal the pros and cons (are there any?) of this route to qualification.
You want to work in the legal industry but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to going down the (rather long) route to becoming a solicitor just yet? Maybe you want to gain experience working in a law firm before you decide if a career in law is for you at all.
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The University of Law (ULaw) is the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education with a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices. Our innovative business-focused postgraduate courses are designed and taught by lawyers with real commercial experience and have a strong emphasis on building the practical skills that today’s employers are looking for, focusing on developing the best legal minds.
With centres based in the UK’s most vibrant and interesting cities, The University of Law offers a diverse choice of locations to study in. Whether it’s the bustling cities of London and Manchester or the heritage-rich Guildford and Chester that appeal, all of our centres provide the same first-class professional learning environment.
At ULaw you’ll have access to the country’s largest and most varied pro bono programme with over 3,700 opportunities to put your legal skills into practice. Not to mention the UK’s largest legal mentoring programme, with the support of 600 practising lawyers.
Our record speaks for itself, each year over 90% of our full-time LPC students secure legal positions within nine months, the majority securing training contracts.*
We have always been confident in our teaching and the results we consistently achieve for our students. This is highlighted by our Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in June 2017 and our shortlisting as a finalist in the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Global Teaching Excellence Awards 2017.
*Based on LPC students who passed in the summer, with known destinations.
Last year the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced their decision to reform solicitor qualification in England and Wales by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SRA have been consulting on reforms since 2015, and their proposals have been controversial with firms and universities alike.
Caroline Kenny is a leading lawyer for Facebook in all countries outside the US. She kick started her high-flying career when she graduated from The University of Law in 2004, having studied the GDL and LPC.
Attending a training contract assessment centre may be a daunting concept, but it doesn’t have to be. We sat down with The University of Law’s employability director, John Watkins, to find out more about what assessment centres are, where they came from and to get some top tips on ensuring you make the most of your opportunity to impress.
An Entrepreneur of the Year, Rachel Wang is an alumna of The University of Law who, after completing her LPC and working in corporate finance for four years, decided to set up her own video production company. It may not seem like the most obvious career digression, but Rachel’s legal education has come in pretty handy over the years. We caught up with her to find out why and to learn more about the fascinating ventures her film company is involved in.
Advice from The University of Law on the best approach.
Success at interview is one thing. Steve Bone of The University of Law, York looks at the skills you need to acquire in order to succeed at the law firm of your choice.
Joanne Rourke of The University of Law gets behind this most elusive of qualities on the recruiters’ wish list.
When it comes to gaining a training contract one of the essential tools in any applicant’s skill set has to be ‘commercial awareness’. Legal recruiters seem to place great emphasis on this elusive expression yet many would-be applicants seem perplexed as to what it is and how they can get some.
Marc Steward of The University of Law provides tips on turning that interview into a job offer.
Congratulations on securing an interview! You’ve done a great job “selling” yourself to the firm on paper, now you have to convince them you are the right person at interview.
From LPC student to MD, The University of Law alumnus Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo Car UK, talks to The University of Law.
The University of Law alumnus Steve Shaw, head of communications for technology, safety and legal at BP, talks to The University of Law about how his legal studies here have helped shape his career.
Rachel Harris, head of the employability service at The University of Law, offers sound advice.
Law is an ever-popular career choice, and competition to enter the profession is always high even at the best of times. In the current economic climate you need to keep one step ahead of the competition, in order to maximise your chances of success.
Angela Smith from The University of Law explains the benefits of work experience and considers the options.
Gaining work experience is one of the most useful things you can do, both in terms of improving your CV and genuinely discovering whether your notion of life in a legal firm matches the reality. But what do you do when firms are cutting back on vacation schemes and work experience seems difficult to come by?
The Legal Practice Course is the final mandatory qualification required before commencing a training contract. It’s also a considerable financial commitment, especially in the light of constant hikes in tuition fees. For that reason, you are well-advised to do as much research as you can – so read on!
While attending numerous law fairs last autumn, the Lex team was struck by the number of students voicing uncertainty and concern about the law conversion course and how candidates who have sat it may be perceived by employers. This article will hopefully offer a bit more information on what the conversion course is, and calm fears that it may be anything other than a respected, well-worn pathway into the legal profession.
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