The College of Law has launched a new website providing free resources to anyone thinking about or starting a career in law, which includes careers advice and information and debate on the latest legal issues.
The Future Lawyers Network contains a wealth of careers and employability resources to help prospective lawyers take their first steps in the profession. It also features regular articles, blogs and analysis of topical legal news stories and developments in legal education and allows members to join in the debate by posting comments.
Web users don’t have to be students at the College to access this invaluable material and take part in discussion forums but simply need to register free of charge on the site: www.college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers.
Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at the College, said: “Our unique legal employability guide StEP will help members maximise their career prospects and achieve the best possible start to their legal careers by providing a range of tools and tips.
“The 10-step programme offers written advice and online workshops as well as practical activities and useful weblinks. Topics covered include understanding the legal market, researching legal recruiters, completing application forms and preparing for interviews.”
There is information on different areas of the law - what they cover, what they are like in practice – plus real-life case studies of College tutors, careers consultants and pro bono staff giving details of their legal careers and practice areas.
Once students accept a place at The College of Law they can also access its online vacancy database, which contains details of thousands of legal vacancies every year.
Andrew Lamberti, the College’s Head of Marketing Communications, said: “Future Lawyers Network is a way for us to engage with aspiring lawyers by creating an online community and support them as they embark on a career in law. Research that we carried out with students revealed they prefer to communicate with the College via social media and we aim to provide material that is both relevant and of value to them.
“The topical articles and analysis are designed to help students get the key information fast and prepare for legal job interviews while our online forums allow them to share their own views."
The latest article published on the site is titled 'August Riots - The Aftermath' and takes an in-depth look at the sentences passed to those involved in the riots, debating whether some of them were too harsh or justified. Readers can also take part in a poll asking whether they agree with the Government's proposals to allow social landlords to seek fast-track evictions in the light of the riots
‘'Boom or bust? What’s really going on in the new world of law' gives an insight into changes to the legal profession while members can read an analysis of the recent High Court ruling requiring BT to block access to movie download site Newzbin2.
We also share our top ten facts about tuition fees for 2012 in the article 'Don't believe the hype – you too can afford to get a degree'.