Forty university careers advisers from around the UK came together to hear the latest intelligence on legal careers and training at The University of Law’s National University Careers Advisers Conference at its London Moorgate centre on June 24, 2013.
The annual conference, which is now in its 11th year, discussed the newest trends in legal training and careers and provided attendees with an opportunity to network, learn and exchange ideas. Areas of particular interest at the event were the growing globalisation of legal services, of which the UK is a leading hub, and the launch of new types of legal businesses, which will provide more consumer-focused packaged services and products.
The event also discussed some of the key issues affecting the legal employment sector and how graduates can best prepare themselves for a successful career in law. It looked at how opportunities are emerging for students who want to take their skills internationally as well as highlighting the growing importance of social networking for future lawyers.
Students were urged to think ahead to ensure that they have the best chance of securing their chosen jobs by understanding the industry’s changing needs and, for example, gaining relevant experience and learning a language. Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development at The University of Law, said: “There is a range of diverse career options in the legal services market and it’s crucial that young people get the right advice about which career path to follow. Increasingly skills such as languages and broader business skills are in demand and it’s important that aspiring lawyers understand their options.”
The day included presentations and panel discussions from The University of Law specialists along with a number of leading industry speakers including Tony King, Director, Clifford Chance Academy; Lucy Crittenden, Reed Smith and consultant Michael Burton.
The University of Law’s Future Lawyers Network provides useful guides and advice for aspiring lawyers including its StEP progamme, a step-by-step online guide to becoming a lawyer. Further information can be found here: www.law.ac.uk/employability
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