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National Law Fair

Our long-established National Law Fair will take place at our London Moorgate campus on Tuesday 6 September from 2pm - 5pm and provides an excellent opportunity for you to improve your chance of securing a training contract.

To ensure you get the most out of your day and valuable time with the leading law firms, there will be several booking slots throughout the afternoon. Use the link below to select your preferred time slot and secure your spot at the National Law Fair.

Please note that this event is for students aged 18 and over only; anyone under 18 will not be able to enter the National Law Fair. Please also note that, due to capacity, no guests will be allowed to enter with registrants.

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Attended by a wide range of law firms and recruiters, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a variety of employers about their training opportunities. All exhibiting firms will be offering advice on their recruitment process, including work placements and training contracts.

Why come to the National Law Fair?

  • Network with over 20 law firms and organisations
  • A great opportunity to meet potential employers
  • Find out more about our postgraduate law courses
  • Speak to our award-winning Employability Team
  • Take part in talks and workshops
  • Get advice on different firms’ recruitment processes

How to succeed at a Law Fair

Find out from our Director of Employability, John Watkins, the top tips for making sure your visits to a law fair is successful. Advice on how to make a good impression, the research to complete before hand and how to take advantage of the opportunities available.

We have a range of law firms and recruiters attending the National Law Fair this September.

We’re regularly adding new exhibitors, so be sure to check this page for updates.

Confirmed exhibitors for September 2022 include:

  • Ashurst
  • CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • Reed Smith
  • RPC
  • Stevens & Bolton
  • Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP
  • LawCareers.Net

Throughout the event you'll get the opportunity to visit our exhibitors' booths where you can talk to the exhibitors and ask your questions, or attend a range of talks and panel sessions where you can ask any questions you may have.

14:00

Our Director of Employability, John Watkins will offer helpful advice on the best ways to help make your application stand out, and how you can tailor your professional and academic experience to each individual firm | 30 mins

14:40

Commercial awareness is a crucial skill to have as a city solicitor. Our presentation will cover the basics on what commercial awareness is, how you can develop it and how you can leverage it in your career | 30 mins

15:10

In this session our Director of Employability, John Watkins will give insight into law firms recruitment, after the application stage including how to make sure you stand out for the right reasons in an assessment centre, and what research is advisable before an interview | 30 mins

From 4pm we will repeat our earlier session for those who may have missed it.

To make a positive impression, you will need to ensure you have prepared thoroughly. Not all firms are the same and you should use the National Law Fair to get a feel for the culture and differences in each firm. You will also be able to find out about the type of training you will undergo as a trainee and the range of opportunities on offer once you have qualified.

  • Look at the list of firms exhibiting to find out who is going to be there. Do they provide the kind of training contract or qualifying work experience and the career you want? Do you fit their requirements? And if not, what else can you offer to offset this?
  • Research the firms before you arrive. Read their brochures or visit their websites. Find out the areas of practice they cover, who their recent clients are and try to build an idea of their culture. Would they be especially interested in your degree subject or your prior experience? Maybe your previous career gives you an insight into the firm's business and an understanding of their clients' needs?
  • Look out for articles in the business or legal press about the firms you intend to see. Visit the websites of the weekly press such as The Lawyer, The Law Society's Gazette, Legal Week and The Times law section (published on Tuesdays) for more information.
  • Find out about the work the firms have been involved in. When speaking to the firms, show you already know something about them - for example their areas of work, strengths, branch locations, number of trainees they recruit each year and so on.
  • There may be some last-minute changes, so use the event programme to select the firms you want to speak to.
  • It's a good idea to practise on firms that aren't your first choice and tackle your favourites when you feel ready.
  • Try to be yourself - remember firms are looking for potential not perfection, and above all, someone who shows a genuine interest in their firm and its business.
  • Be sure to mention in any applications that you spoke to someone from the firm at the National Law Fair.

Exhibitors

If you are a law firm interested in exhibiting at the event, please email [email protected] and the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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