A unique online employability programme for would-be lawyers provided by The University of Law has received a top award from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).
Its innovative Student Employability Programme (StEP) has won in the ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education)’ category of the AGR’s Development Awards 2013, which were announced yesterday (March 14). The University’s Employability Service developed the ten-step programme to help aspiring lawyers prepare for a legal career, in response to concerns about access to the profession. It is a key part of the University’s Future Lawyers Network website and is available free to anyone who registers on the site.
The AGR is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose members work in all aspects of graduate recruitment. Its Development Awards recognise best practice in graduate development and are judged by graduate development professionals from a variety of sectors as well as university careers services.Colin Davey, Business Development Director at The University of Law, is presented with the award for the ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education)’ by Claire Adams, Relationship Manager at the AGR (left), and Leyla Jama, Senior Account Executive at Graduate Prospects.
StEP covers all aspects of successfully entering the legal profession including understanding the market, researching recruiters, completing application forms and preparing for interviews and assessments.
Included are online workshops, resource books, activities, FAQs and video clips from legal professionals. In total the programme has around 250 pages of resources, four hours of presentations, 34 case studies and information on 24 practice areas.Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at The University of Law, said: “I'm absolutely delighted that the emphasis we place on employability, and our commitment to providing timely, detailed and specialist guidance to anyone interested in a career in law, has received this recognition. The judges were particularly impressed that this wealth of information is freely accessible to all. We are keen to raise awareness of StEP, including among other university law schools, a number of which now host the programme on their own websites.”
As well as StEP, The Future Lawyers Network 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. Since its launch just under 18 months ago it has attracted 28,000 members.The University of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York. Previously known as The College of Law, it was granted university title in November 2012.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)