• Future Lawyers Network offers top new year careers resolutions for would-be legal eagles

  • 9 January 2012

  • Aspiring lawyers who haven’t yet got around to setting their New Year career resolutions will be given a helping hand by The College of Law’s Future Lawyers Network website.

    Starting today (Monday, January 9) a new resolution will be posted on the site every day over the next two weeks to remind students of the kind of things they need to be thinking about and doing to give themselves the best possible chance of success in the legal profession.

    Each of the 10 resolutions will provide a link to relevant careers and employment advice, part of the Future Lawyer Network’s unique 10-step legal employability guide.

    The first resolution advises aspiring solicitors to decide now which law firm vacation schemes to apply to, while would-be barristers are urged to start researching the availability of mini-pupillages at barristers’ chambers.

    It links to step four of the employability guide, which gives advice on researching legal recruiters and how to hunt down vacancies and opportunities in the legal market.

    Other resolutions will include: to start writing a killer CV, to decide on a list of employers to apply to, to set up work experience for the holidays and to identify a network of people that can help the student break into law.

    The Future Lawyers Network was launched last autumn to provide free resources to anyone thinking about or starting a career in law. As well as careers advice it also includes articles, blogs, analysis and debate giving valuable insight into the latest legal issues.

    Web users don’t have to be students at the College to access this material and take part in discussion forums but simply need to register free of charge on the site: www.college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers.

    Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at the College, said: “We hope that our New Year’s resolutions will prompt law students to take the necessary steps now to help them maximise their career prospects.

    The competition for solicitor training contracts and barrister pupillages is fierce so those candidates that are organised and well-prepared will give themselves the best possible chance.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)