Now that term is underway and the leaves are falling the Law Fair season has kicked off and will continue nationally until December!
So what are Law Fairs all about?
It’s a great opportunity Law Firms have to make themselves prominent and attract the best students. It is also students’ best opportunity to meet and talk to Firms before deciding where to apply.
The University of Law will be at Law Fairs with other providers, again to attract students and give an insight into what the courses are all about and the choices that need to be made. For students it’s an opportunity to compare providers but also students can make use of the wealth of careers advice staff manning the stands can offer. Check out the employability events that the University of Law provides on campus and at our centres.
The trick is not to treat the Fair as just a freebie opportunity (and there are many weird and wonderful stress balls, memory sticks and sweets on offer!) but as an important career networking opportunity.
My Top Tips for success are;
Preparation – plan your line of attack. Who is attending? Research your top choices. Think of good questions to ask which will show you have researched the firm
Make an impact - Look smart, arrive early, be enthusiastic and prepared to engage.
Follow up - after the Fair follow up on leads and information you obtain. Firms may keep a note of the names of anyone who stands out and be looking out for them in applications.
Remember the best freebies from a Law Fair are business cards and details of people and organisations to add to your network!
Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development, The University of Law Imogen is a Business Development Director at the University of Law. This involves working nationally with Corporate and Commercial law firms and working closely with Universities, Sixth Form Colleges and Schools, designing and implementing a number of skills and employability programmes and events for undergraduate students studying both law and non-law subjects. Imogen qualified as a Solicitor and specialised in Real Estate work in the City. During her time at the University she has designed and taught courses for the post graduate programmes , written resource books, been Course Director and also was Centre Director in Guildford before moving to her current role.
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