JOIN US AT OUR NATIONAL LAW FAIR 2019
Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: The University of Law London Moorgate
The University of Law’s long established National Law Fair will once again be taking place this year. Attended by a range of law firms and recruiters, our National Law Fair will help you improve your chances of securing a training contract.
This is an excellent opportunity to speak to a number of law firms and organisations exhibiting at the National Law Fair about their training opportunities. All firms will be offering advice on their recruitment process with regard to work placements and training contracts.
WHY COME TO OUR NATIONAL LAW FAIR?
This is a key networking opportunity and a chance to have all your questions answered.
- Network with over 30 law firms and organisations
- A great opportunity to meet potential employers - make the most of it by doing your research!
- Get advice on their recruitment processes
Please ensure that you read the information Preparing for the Law Fair.
EXHIBITORS ATTENDING THE NATIONAL LAW FAIR 2019
We have a wide range of law firms, organisations and recruiters attending this year’s National Law Fair, with more being confirmed all the time.
|B P Collins LLP||Bevan Brittan|
|Burges Salmon||Charles Russell Speechlys|
|Cripps||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Gateley PLC||GN Law|
|Gowling WLG||Harbottle & Lewis|
|Hugh James||Howard Kennedy|
|Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy||Nockolds|
|Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP||Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP|
|Totally Legal||Trowers & Hamlins|
|Veale Wasbrough Vizards||Womble Bond Dickinson|
PREPARING FOR THE NATIONAL LAW FAIR
This is your chance to talk to recruiters and trainees from a range of law firms and recruiters. 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 also the range of opportunities on offer once you have qualified.
Hear from our Director of Employability, John Watkins about his top ten tips for getting the most out of your day.
To make a positive impression, you will need to ensure you have prepared thoroughly - lack of basic knowledge will not impress!
- Look at the list of firms attending to find out who is going to be there. Do they provide the kind of training contract you want, and the career you want? Do you fit their requirements? And if not, what else can you offer to offset this?
- Carry out some research on the firms before you arrive. This can be done by reading their brochures or visiting their websites. Start off by visiting the Exhibitors page and follow the instructions from there. Find out the areas of practice the firms cover, who their recent clients are and try to build an idea of their culture. Would they be especially interested in your particular degree subject or your prior experience? Maybe your previous career gives you a particular 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, particular strengths, branch locations, number of trainees they recruit each year and so on.
- Dress smartly but comfortably, as you will be on your feet for some time. Smart casual wear is appropriate at this stage - jacket and trousers for men, and either dress, skirt or trousers and a jacket for women.
- Whatever the weather, t-shirts, jeans, skimpy tops and strappy dresses are not appropriate. Recruiters will be looking to see if they would be happy for you to represent their firm and deal with their clients, and dressing the part will give you confidence when presenting yourself at their stands.
- Prepare the type of questions you want to ask. Stands are usually staffed by a mix of recruitment partners, human resources personnel and current trainees. You could, for example, ask how the firm selects its trainees, whether they have trainees with a similar background to you, and what life is like there, both as a trainee and after qualification. Don't forget it's ok to ask about the social life as well as the workload!
- Plan your strategy. If you are nervous about presenting yourself to firms, a good tip is not to rush in straight away. Spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the stands to plan your strategy.
- Check out who is actually at the National Law Fair:
- There may be some last minute changes, so use the programme to select the firms you want to speak to.
- It's a good idea to practice on firms that aren't your first choice, and then 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.
- Don't worry about taking along copies of your CV to the National Law Fair. Once you've spoken to the firms, you may find that you want to change your CV before you submit it - and in any case, most of the firms will only accept on-line CVs and application forms.
- Just ensure you mention in any applications that you spoke to someone from the firm at the National Law Fair.
ON THE DAY
The National Law Fair starts at 1.00pm and finishes at 4.00pm. The law fair is really busy so to ensure you have the best experience, you will have an allocated time slot of two hours. Please refer to your joining instructions for relevant information.
The National Law Fair will take place at The University of Law London Moorgate.
On arrival, please register at the reception desk located just inside the entrance and you will be given information for the afternoon.
Speaking to the exhibitors
The National Law Fair tends to be very busy and we want to make sure that you speak to your chosen organisations without having to wait for too long. As such make sure you plan which stands you want to visit before you arrive rather than visiting every stand.
The University of Law's stand
You can also visit The University of Law's stand, located at the entrance to the main exhibition hall where staff will be available to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
Café 1876 serves light refreshments and coffee which can be purchased on the ground floor. There are plenty of other cafes, bars and restaurants close by.
AFTER THE NATIONAL LAW FAIR
Take advantage of our award-winning Careers and Employability Service
Once you have attended the National Law Fair, you will have the opportunity to make further use of The University of Law's Careers and Employability Service which includes:
- online guidance with a wealth of careers articles
- access to JobSearch, our online vacancy database
- one-to-one advice sessions with our careers consultants
If you have accepted an offer to study with us or are a current student, find out more about the Careers and Employability Service by logging into ELITE and using your student login and password and click the tab labelled ‘My Career'. Here you will find the careers articles, the vacancies database and much more.
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