Our long-established National Law Fair will take place virtually on Thursday 1 July from 2pm and 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're regularly adding new exhibitors, so be sure to check our line-up of exhibiting firms, as it may change. You can then make sure you get to all the firms you have a particular interest in speaking with.
- Army Legal Services
- B P Collins LLP
- Brabners LLP
- Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
- Chambers Student
- Cripps Pemberton Greenish
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Foot Anstey LLP
- Hill Dickinson LLP
- Howard Kennedy LLP
- LPC Law
- Shepherd and Wedderburn
- Stephenson Harwood
Throughout the event you'll get the opportunity to visit stands 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. Previous sessions have included ‘Ask the Graduate Recruiters’, ‘Legal Technology – Law Firms of the Future’ and ‘Careers in Law for Non-Law Students’.
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.
Our National Law Fair is taking place on Thursday 1 July from 2pm – 5:30pm. To register your place, visit our events booking page ➔