Our long-established annual National Law Fair provides an excellent opportunity for you to improve your chance of securing a training contract.
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 30 law firms and organisations
- A great opportunity to meet potential employers
- Get advice on different firms’ recruitment processes
Our National Law Fair is attended by a wide range of law firms and recruiters.
We’ll be adding the exhibitors at our next National Law Fair here. Previous exhibitors include:
- Accutrainee Limited
- Brabners LLP
- Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
- Butcher and Barlow
- Cripps Pemberton Greenish
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Foot Anstey LLP
- Hill Dickinson LLP
- Howard Kennedy LLP
- LPC Law
- Michelmores LLP
- Stephenson Harwood
Throughout the event you'll get the opportunity to visit online booths where you can talk to the exhibitors or attend a range of talks and panel sessions where you can ask any questions you may have.
See our full agenda below:
14:15 - 14:45: How to Make the most of a Virtual Law Fair
This session will help you make the most of the NLF. We'll touch on commercial awareness, influencing people and personal brand.
15:00 – 15:30: Panel Session: Graduate Recruitment
A panel of legal graduate recruitment experts will discuss a range of topics, including the recruitment process and trends in the sector.
15:30 – 16:00: The Corporate Governance Profession
Corporate Governance is a hugely relevant area in today’s commercial world. Requirements for companies to observe stricter practices and show their compliance has increased immeasurably and as a result the company secretarial and professions in these areas have grown significantly. Find out more about corporate governance and company secretary roles as we speak to Jenny Suprani. Jenny studied the GDL and LPC and is now an assistant company secretary, who will share her journey and why she has chosen this route.
16:00 – 16:30: Careers in Law for Non-Law Students
This session is for students from a non-law background and will cover questions including how to convert to law & training contract advice.
16:30-17:00: Panel Session: Meet the Trainee Solicitors
A panel of trainee Solicitors will share their route into practice, tips on successfully navigating the recruitment process and lessons from their time in practice.
Preparing for the National Law Fair
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 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.
We’ll be announcing the date of our next National Law Fair on this page, so keep an eye out for further details. In the meantime, you can view our Open Days and events that we run throughout the year here