The University of Law (ULaw) is launching a new series of employability events for aspiring lawyers to help them secure their break into the industry. The Step Up Events will be interactive sessions that help prospective LPC and GDL students prepare for their legal career including supporting prospective students to get work experience by improving CVs, cover letters and applications and through networking with ULaw alumni.
The events work hand in hand with ULaw’s award winning Employability Service, which annually carries out over 16,500 career appointments, events and pro bono opportunities. The commitment of the University to the employability of its students is reflected in its most recent destination figures: based on known destinations, 98% of full time LPC students who graduated in summer 2013 had secured employment within nine months of graduation.
The events include a Step-Up Roadshow featuring one to one and small group sessions from the highly regarded legal careers expert, Chris White of Aspiring Solicitors, and an alumni of the ULaw Moorgate. Chris set up the Aspiring Solicitors in January 2014 with a mission to promote and increase diversity in the legal profession having himself worked for a leading international law firm. To date, Aspiring Solicitors has helped over 235 students secure training contracts and vacation schemes throughout the UK and has provided over 1300 new legal opportunities for its members.
Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at ULaw, said: “The ‘Step Up’ events are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of our ongoing employability initiatives, which include over 600 mentoring places, over 3,300 pro bono opportunities, access to our award-winning online student employability programme (‘StEP’) and networking opportunities with hundreds of legal recruiters. The addition of these events underlines our continuing commitment to helping our students get the careers they want.”
Chris White, said “I am delighted to be working with ULaw to help aspiring solicitors to achieve their legal ambitions. Assisting students irrespective of their educational background, social mobility, race, sexual orientation, disability or age is central to the founding principles of Aspiring Solicitors and crucial to increasing diversity in the legal profession. I know ULaw values these principles having been delivering workshops and seminars to its students for over a year. It is great to formalise this relationship and I look forward to working with the University going forward”.
The first event for the road show kicks off on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at ULaw’s London Moorgate centre and over the coming weeks will include three further sessions in ULaw’s London centres before travelling to the University’s sites in Guildford, Leeds, Chester, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Places are limited and can be booked at law.ac.uk/events.
For further information, please contact: The University of Law: Mark Knight/ Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/Henry Adams Telephone: 020 7726 6111 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org