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2019

Ethical business models: BOGO

Ethical products are more popular than ever but there’s one business model that takes this idea a step further. You may be familiar with the buy one get one free (BOGOF) offers that you see in supermarkets but the internet is now home to a wealth of BOGO (buy one, give one)  businesses. BOGO (sometimes known as one-for-one giving) sees businesses donate one product for every one sold. 

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards – Entrepreneur for Good Award winner Julie Anne Parker

Our ULaw Business School is the proud sponsor of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards for the second year. Originally founded in 2013 to acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Great Britain the annual event includes awards such as Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year, the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Entrepreneur for Good Award.

Taking up Space: An Interview with Chelsea Kwakye

Cambridge graduate Chelsea Kwakye is currently studying the GDL at our Moorgate Campus but it’s not just Chelsea’s education that makes her future so bright. As the only black girl in her history cohort she fought imposter syndrome to become Vice President of the African-Caribbean Society, Captain of Homerton Ladies Football team and the BME Officer for Homerton Union of Students. Now she’s studying law, has a training contract confirmed and is writing her first book under Stormzy’s #Merky publishing imprint. With so much to talk about let’s dive right in…

8 Reasons to Study in Nottingham

Nottingham, the city that will be home to our brand new campus from September 2019, has a huge population of over 60,000 students, making the city a haven for scholars looking for a city that prioritises their needs.

2019: Things for your calendar

We’ve arrived in 2019. Christmas is over and the hangovers of New Year’s have hopefully faded. It’s going to be at least a couple of weeks before we’re all used to writing the date with a nine at the end, but with the new year comes a lot to look forward to. There are loads of great things coming up in the next twelve months, so we’ve shortlisted what we think are some of the most important legal and business events for you to put in your planner.

2018

Christmas movie time: Our top legal flic picks

‘Tis the season for switching off, chilling out, eating and drinking loads, and, of course, watching movies. But that doesn’t mean that you have to completely forget about your love of the law. There are plenty of great legal movies to choose from, some so well-renowned that you could almost call watching them “homework”, and many that are nearly guaranteed to be on over the holidays. Here’s a list of some of ULaw’s top choices if you want to get your legal fix in front of the telly this festive season.

International Student Focus: Dr. Shuang Liang

When lecturer Dr. Shuang Liang decided to enhance her knowledge of British law she left her home of China and studied the GDL at our Leeds Campus, before going on to study the LPC at our Manchester Campus. Shuang continues to represent ULaw as an international ambassador for China. We caught up with her to find out what she’s up to now and how The University of Law has helped her to reach her ambitions.

Meeting our finance and accounting expert: Posi Olatubosun

Posi Olatubosun is the latest addition to The University of Law Business School’s faculty. With over 13 years of experience in teaching or examining, he’s keen to bring his expertise to our students. Posi’s specialism is in finance and accounting and he has joined ULaw as Senior Tutor in Finance and Accounting. We sat down with him to find out more about his background and what he’s going to be bringing to our classes.

Applying to BarSAS: What to do

If you want to train to become a barrister in the UK, you’ll need to complete the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). And to get a place on the course, you’ll need to apply through BarSAS. Here's a lowdown on BarSAS and tips to nail your application.

Digital HR: How tech is helping HR departments

You can see the impact of technology in businesses at all levels, from the kitchen to boardroom and everywhere in between. Of all places though, perhaps the most ideally positioned to implement changes is the Human Resources department. It’s a great proving ground to make use of the latest innovations in workplace technology, or organisational psychology. Here we’ve taken a look at some of the most effective and regularly seen improvements that companies are using.

Entrepreneurship: Top tips for starting your own business

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The University of Law Business School brought together entrepreneurial experts at our campus in London Bloomsbury to give students the chance to find out how successful business-starters had achieved their ambitions. We also got the chance to ask our guests for their top tips on how to get your start-up going. Here’s what they said

The Untraditional Lawyer: Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Miriam González Durántez is known for her marriage to Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister.  However, she’s had a formidable career in foreign affairs and is now a partner at Dechert, where she advises on Brexit and EU law. Miriam wants to see more women at the top with her.

5 Reasons to Study in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a small but vibrant city where Eastern and Western influences unite to create a diverse and unique environment. Ranked 12th in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, there are numerous reasons why Hong Kong is an incredible place to study. We take a look at the top 5 reasons to study in Hong Kong.

ULaw hosts Miranda Brawn Diversity Lecture

We had the pleasure of hosting The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture at our Moorgate campus last month. This is the third year we have been involved in, and this year’s lecture theme was 'Together we can make a positive change to the world and workplace’.

A dream destination: From law to luxury travel

Deborah Barnett completed her LPC with The University of Law and worked in commercial litigation before a discussion with her sister led her down a very different path. She is now the co-owner of Essential Escapes and Tots Too, luxury spa, experience and family holiday providers. We sat down with Deborah to find out more about how she came to make the shift from the legal sector into the luxury holiday business and what she considers the recipe for success when starting your own venture.

Mocha mogul: An interview with Ben Lion, co-founder of Crude

As part of Entrepreneurship Week, The University of Law Business School is hosting a series of events including a Setting Up Your Own Business panel. One of our guest speakers is Ben Lion, who will be talking about his experience of co-founding Crude, a coffee company with a difference… and a conscience.

Great China Scholarship Winners 2018

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, The University of Law offered four scholarships worth £5,500 each to candidates from China wishing to study a postgraduate course. We’re delighted to introduce you to the winners and share their feelings about winning the scholarship, studying in the UK and their ambitions for the future.

Top Business Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn on the move but with so many shows available it can be hard to know where to start. Here at The University of Law Business School we have put together a list of our favourite business podcasts that make perfect listening for aspiring business students or anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship. If you’re ready to listen, learn and be inspired, plug in your headphones and subscribe to these top business podcasts.

Law with Government and Politics: Looking at the bigger picture

The parallels between law and politics are pretty clear to see all around us; from politicians with a legal background, such as Sadiq Khan, to the political campaigners seeking change, like James Libson. So it makes sense to have an understanding of the wider picture of politics and how it works if you want to become a lawyer, a politician or a leader of social change.

On the up: Training contracts on the rise

Law’s as popular a career choice as ever. Nearly 18,000 undergraduates started studying the subject in 2016, according to the Law Society. How optimistic can these students be of bagging a training contract once their degree – and Legal Practice Course (LPC) – is done?

Working in-house versus in private practice

Is the way to wealth private practice, or does in-house life offer similar rewards?

Halloween Laws

The UK is all too used to reports of teenagers being banned from buying eggs and the occasional creepy clown story hitting the headlines around the Halloween season.  Apart from laws to protect residents from antisocial behaviour, the UK doesn’t legally restrict festivities. However, the same can’t be said for the rest of the world. To celebrate Halloween we take a look at Halloween related laws across the world.

Learn Your Way - Studying the LLB

The LLB is the preferred undergraduate route into law, it’s designed to be the most relevant degree-level education available to help you achieve your career ambitions.

A world of opportunity: An interview with international alumni ambassador for Cyprus, Christos Heracleous

Christos Heracleous had dreams of working in law with international clientele in his home country of Cyprus. To gain the experience required to achieve his goals he joined ULaw as an international student. Christos signed up to the Legal Practice Course in 2014 at our London Bloomsbury Campus and is now our International Alumni Ambassador for Cyprus. We caught up with him to ask how studying at ULaw has helped shape his career.

Top 10 tips for job hunting graduates

You’ve worked your socks off for the last few years to get your qualification and now you want to start seeing money come into your account; you want to actually afford to eat food other than beans on toast. But before you can start earning (and stop living off your student loan), you’ve got one last hurdle… finding a job. So where to start? We asked CMI PR Manager Becca Davis for her ten top tips for job-hunting graduates.

Eight things The Apprentice won't teach you

The new series of BBC’s The Apprentice has just hit our screens, and if watching the contestants battle through challenges to be crowned this year’s winner has inspired you to launch your own business, there are a few things you should know, that you can’t learn from watching the TV.

Everyday mental health tips for students

The importance of mental health is more widely understood than ever before and 10 October celebrates World Mental Health Day, an initiative from the World Federation for Mental Health, to spread awareness even further. This year their campaign concentrates on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. We wanted to share a handful of ways that students can take positive steps to look after their mental health.

Experience counts: Our Foundation Year courses

Have you ever thought about a career in law or policing but dismissed it as a daydream due to your lack of formal qualifications? Did Atticus Finch capture your heart in To Kill a Mockingbird or did Martha Costello QC of Silk ignite your passion for justice? Has DCI Sarah Lund from The Killing or DCI John Luther drawn you to the world of policing?

Is social media the new law specialism?

The first recorded use of the phrase “social media” by an English court was by the Lord Chief Justice, who was responding to an appeal by two men convicted of stirring up some of the 2011 London riots via Facebook.

Business Trends Entrepreneurs Need to Watch

Technology is advancing faster than ever and business trends are reflecting these changes. Current entrepreneurs are under pressure to be forward thinking, to stay current or be left behind. We have brought together a few of the innovative trends that we expect to see impacting our lives.

Gina Miller: My Battle Against Brexit

Despite having to drop out of her law degree, Gina Miller made history by taking her Brexit case to the Supreme Court.

In Your Defence: An interview with Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister in criminal and family law since 2006. She studied the GDL at The University of Law Guildford campus and was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court. After practising law for nearly a decade Sarah took parental leave to start a family and also used her time-off to write about her experiences as a barrister. In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law has been published to rave reviews from the likes of Helena Kennedy QC and the Secret Barrister, it has also been optioned for TV by the British production company Working Title. We caught up with Sarah to talk about her time at ULaw and the inspiration behind her new book.

Lead the way: What's your leadership style?

From small business ventures to mighty empires, success depends on having a great leadership style. But more than that, it depends on having the right leadership style.

Learning online: Kenneth Wallace-Muller

When genetics graduate Kenneth Wallace-Müller discovered his passion for law he couldn’t put his work or travel plans on hold, so he needed a qualification that would fit around his busy lifestyle. That’s why he chose to study online with ULaw. Kenneth began studying the iGDL in 2015 and graduated in 2017; we caught up with him to talk about his experience of studying online.

Top tips for Freshers' Week

Freshers’ Week is almost upon us and a new generation of students will get their first taste of university life. It can be a daunting time and with so much happening it can be difficult to prioritise people, places and financial choices. We’ve put together a list of top tips to help new students make the most of Freshers' Week and start their university life as they mean to go on.

The Future of Business: Glass Box Culture

In the current age of transparency, a positive internal culture of business is vital for growth and positive public image.

Fashion or formalities? Lawyers can do both

Appearances, just like first impressions, matter wherever you go, and nowhere more so than in the legal industry. How can you get the balance right between style and seriousness?

#CareersInCharity: An Interview with Kate Billingham Wilson, Head of Partnerships at ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Kate BIllingham Wilson has worked in the charity sector for 20 years at a wide variety of organisations including museums, cancer research, medical research and addiction. Her career in fundraising started at a military museum in Wales as a sole fundraiser, after which she moved to London to work for a grant making trust focused on supporting charities in Eastern Europe.

Inns scholarship application tips

Applications for Inns scholarships open in September, so we’ve been speaking to Joanne Twomey and Joe O’Leary – Future Pupil Programme Coordinators at ULaw – to get some top tips on what students should be doing to prepare before applying for these coveted awards.

Choose Law widening access scholarship winners

Each year we support the ambition of our students by awarding four Choose Law scholarships to postgraduate applicants. Last year’s winners were Chloe Grant, Abigail Grace, Christina Leinen and Ashleigh Lennard.

The Rise of Lawyer Robots

From start-ups to in-house investments in research and development, tech disruption is on the up across the legal industry.

As interest and funding in tech continues to rise, will lawyers be replaced by tech altogether, or will tech merely shift the lawyer’s focus?

The Benefits of Modular Learning

Here at The University of Law, we strive to make our courses manageable while still getting you through your studies as quickly as possible, so you can get on with your career and reach your ambitions. Some of our courses, like the GDL – our conversion course – do this with a modular approach to your learning. But what is modular learning, and how can it help you achieve better?

Clearing Clinic FAQ 2: More of your questions answered

To help you get ready for Clearing, we’ve held various clinics and webinars, taking questions on all manner of Clearing related subjects. We want to be sure you can find the answers to those important Clearing questions, so here’s a write-up of some of the FAQs that we’ve received.

Top Legal Podcasts

It’s easier than ever to find, subscribe and listen to podcasts, filling your ears with any subject you find interesting. One of the key benefits of listening to podcasts is maximising your spare time, allowing you to learn and develop while you’re walking, driving, commuting or even just getting chores done around the house.

Clearing Clinic FAQ

We held our first ever Clearing Clinic on Facebook Live to field any questions you had about the Clearing process, and we had loads of queries come through. Our panel of ULaw experts got through a lot of questions while the session was live, so we want to make sure that if you missed it, you can still find the answers to those important Clearing questions. Here’s a write-up of the FAQs that came through during our Clearing Clinic.

Online Study: An Interview with Ivan Grechkivsky

When Ivan Grechkivsky decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and study law, leaving his home in the Ukraine wasn’t an option. Instead, he joined ULaw and in 2012 he began to study the i-LLM. Today he explains the perks of studying online and how it has helped propel his legal career.

Money, money, money

Good news – many firms have upped their associate pay in the last 12 months. By how much they’ve increased their salaries, however, differs from practice to practice.

The University of Law’s Business School’s MBA courses go online

Elaine Garcia from Interactive Pro says studying an MBA online with The University of Law Business School will be just as good as being in the lecture hall.

Is Sexism Stifling Startups?

According to a new study, almost half of startups believe there is a gender bias problem, with 4 in 10 female founders frequently encountering discrimination. The Unilever Foundry, a platform for start-ups and innovators, surveyed 685 founders from global startups to discover 39% of female founders frequently encountered sexism. Previous research has shown that female entrepreneurs are fighting an unconscious bias when it comes to the pitching room.

Clearing Clinics

The day you get your A Level results is a hive of activity, especially if you’re considering your options through Clearing, so it’s a good idea to do some prep work in the run up to it. To help you get your head around everything that is Clearing, we’re running a Clearing Clinic on Facebook Live, starting at 4pm on Thursday 9 August.

My Clearing experience: James Walters

Clearing season is upon us but there’s no need to panic. Here at ULaw we have plenty of experience in making sure that students are supported throughout their Clearing experience. James Walters is currently studying the BA in Business Management at our Bloomsbury campus after applying through Clearing. We caught up with him to discuss his experiences of the process.

How to make it in law and politics

The two professions demand similar skills, but what does it really take to succeed in these high-powered worlds?

Clearing Dos and Don'ts

Huge numbers of students have come through Clearing and gone on to create successful academic and professional careers. That’s the message from Claire Latham, Undergraduate Admissions Manager at The University of Law.

Dos and don'ts of social media

The legal and business social media landscape is expanding. Excitingly, law and business students alike are using a whole range of sites to hunt for job opportunities, from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to Instagram and even Tinder.

Teaching the Business professionals of tomorrow

Dr Sara Fisher is a Lecturer and Programme Collaborative Coordinator at the University of Law Business School. A specialist in product design, she has worked across industry in the UK and in the USA. During her PhD Sara worked on strategic planning with entrepreneurs, and now she’s sharing her considerable business know-how with ULaw’s business students.

Stowe Family Law and ULaw Collaborate to Inspire the Next Generation of Legal Professionals

When the largest family law firm in the UK Stowe Family Law decided they wanted to give something back to the legal sector and inspire the next generation of lawyers they formed a partnership with The University of Law to create  awards for various ULaw campuses across the country, including one for our London Moorgate campus.

Balancing your job with your degree - the benefits of part-time study

Part-time study has become increasingly popular over the past few years. It’s often a choice made by people who want or need to work while they study, and more and more students need to fund themselves through education. And although balancing work and study can be demanding, it can also be hugely beneficial.

Get into Law: Tips for GCSE completers

If you've just finished your GCSEs and you’re one of the lucky few who already knows what career path you want to follow then you have a great opportunity to get ahead of the game. And if you've got your sights set on a career in law then you’ve got plenty of time to give yourself a head start during your A Levels. We asked ULaw Employability Director John Watkins what you can do to make a start towards your ambitions early.

Apprenticeships at The University of Law

At The University of Law, we understand how valuable apprenticeships can be to both students and businesses.  Apprenticeships allow students to gain experience and qualifications whilst being paid whilst companies get to train the apprentice to fit their company requirements in a really cost effective way.

Technological Disruption in the Business World

Syed Muhammad is a senior lecturer at The University of Law Business School. His own career running a consultancy business makes his teaching highly relevant and practical. Here Syed reveals how technological disruption is changing the business world.

Online Study: An Interview with Richard Haggett

The University of Law is at the forefront of digital education, offering an extensive range of both legal and business courses. Leading our ongoing innovation in this area is our National Programme Director, Richard Haggett. Today Richard gives us an insight into his vision for the future of online learning and the opportunities it provides our students worldwide.

Soft Skills Employers are Looking for in a Graduate

The graduate job market is becoming increasingly competitive, and simply having a degree is no longer enough to make you stand out from the crowd. Instead, employers are looking for a candidate with transferable soft skills that will enable you to adapt quickly to working life and slot into a team. 

Prepare for Clearing with new online tools

Clearing opens this year on Thursday 5 July. Start preparing for it now, and you could get your future off to a great start… especially now that there are some new online tools available to make the process easier.

The Stowe Family Law Award, Manchester

April 2018 saw Stowe Family Law’s Manchester office and ULaw Manchester come together to present an award to inspire the next generation of legal post graduates, as well as giving high achieving students’ recognition and improved prospects of finding a training contract at a reputable firm.

How to impress at the National Law Fair

The University of Law is hosting the National Law Fair (NLF) at our Moorgate campus on Friday 22 June. This huge annual event gives law students a great opportunity to meet with exhibiting firms and recruiters from across the country and a range of legal areas. To find out how best to approach the fair, we asked ULaw’s Director of Employability John Watkins for some top tips on how to shine at the NLF.

Environmental essay champion: An interview with Samuel March

Samuel March is currently studying the GDL at our Moorgate campus with aspirations of becoming a criminal barrister, but that hasn’t stopped him continuing his passion for the environment and sustainability. He recently won the 2018 Andrew Lees essay competition. We sat down with Sam to find out about his passion for the environment, what prompted him to undertake a conversion course into law and why he entered the essay competition.

Set for Success: Karen Betts

Karen Betts studied the CPE and the LPC at our Guildford campus, graduating in 1997. Karen is now the Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, the first woman in the organisation's 105-year history to take on the role. Karen told us more about her career and how a background in law has helped her succeed.

History Maker: James Libson

James Libson is an alumnus of The University of Law who graduated in 1991 and has since gone on to be involved in some of the most relevant cases of our recent history. Most notably, James formed part of the defence team supporting Deborah Lipstadt during the Holocaust libel case of the 1990s...

A PERFECT BLEND: FORMER LAWYER AND TEA BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR ERICA MOORE

Saturday 21 April is National Tea Day so to celebrate, we decided to talk to ULaw alumna and entrepreneur Erica Moore who, after nearly six years of working as a lawyer in insurance and re-insurance, started her own ethical tea business in 2008: eteaket. 

INTERACTIVEPRO INSIGHTS

As technology evolves, so too do its practical applications for enhancing our lives. In the 21st century, online learning has come on leaps and bounds in proving to be an effective method for attaining higher education qualifications. 

#BUSINESSTALKS: AN INTERVIEW WITH KAREN HOLDEN

Karen Holden took part in #BusinessTalks – a series of presentations by top professionals and part of The University of Law Business School’s unique pledge to bring business into the classroom.

PICTURING SUCCESS: OLA SUNMOLAH, BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENT

 Ola Sunmolah is currently studying the BA (Hons) Business Management at The University of Law Business School. He completed his Foundation Year in 2017 and is now in Year 1 of his degree.  

BECOME A SOLICITOR YOUR WAY: THE MANY STUDY METHODS OF THE LPC

The LPC is the key qualification to becoming a solicitor. It’s an intensive course that focuses on the practical aspects of being a lawyer, building on the more academic training of the undergraduate legal courses.

#BUSINESSTALKS: AN INTERVIEW WITH FEMI OPANEYE

 Entrepreneur Femi Opaneye was one of the first speakers at #BusinessTalks – a series of presentations by top professionals and part of ULaw Business School’s unique pledge to bring business into the classroom.  

FUTURE HISTORY MAKER: CATHERINE BRYDGES

Catherine Brydges is an alumna of The University of Law who graduated from the Legal Practice Course in 2017 and has since gone on to work with the Government Legal Department.

FUTURE HISTORY MAKER: LAUREN JONES

Lauren Jones is an alumna of The University of Law who studied the Bar Professional Training Course and graduated from our Birmingham campus in 2017.

SET FOR SUCCESS: RACHEL WANG, DIRECTOR OF CHOCOLATE FILMS

An Entrepreneur of the Year, Rachel Wang is an alumna of The University of Law who, after completing her LPC and working in corporate finance for four years, decided to set up her own video production company. It may not seem like the most obvious career digression, but Rachel’s legal education has come in pretty handy over the years.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALUMNA LITSAN CHONG

The University of Law prides itself on encouraging and supporting students from all walks of life to follow their aspirations to pursue a career in what they love. To champion the achievements of our alumnae on International Women’s Day we decided to catch up with Litsan Chong...

HISTORY MAKER: CHERIE BLAIR, FOUNDER AND CHAIR OF OMNIA STRATEGY LLP

Alumna Cherie Blair honoured with a History Maker Award by the University for her incredible work as a committed and active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. Cherie studied for her Bar Finals with ULaw in 1975. She was called to the Bar in 1976, initially working in broad practice including personal injury, criminal and family law.

UCAS EXTRA

UCAS Extra opened on Sunday 25 February, giving students a second chance to apply to universities for September 2018 entry. But who’s it for and how do you use it? We got some advice from the Admissions team at The University of Law on UCAS Extra.

UNDERSTANDING THE SQE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR ME

Last year the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced their decision to reform solicitor qualification in England and Wales by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SRA have been consulting on reforms since 2015, and their proposals have been controversial with firms and universities alike. Now that they’ve decided how they want to proceed, students looking to qualify as a solicitor are asking about what the changes might mean.

CMI SAYS: PERFECTING YOUR PERSONAL BRANDING

The University of Law Business School is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and through this partnership we’re pleased to bring you a series of blog articles from the CMI on how to be the best business professional that you can be. We look forward to bringing you more great advice and insights from the CMI and our other Business School experts in the future, but for now...

Set for Success: Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore is a Trainee Solicitor at Stowe Family Law and one of 15 ULaw alumni now working within the firm. After completing her GDL and LPC at The University of Law, Rebecca joined Stowe Family Law in 2016 and has worked her way up through the ranks. Here she talks about her experience, aspirations and motivations to work in a family law firm.

ASSESSMENT CENTRES: THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT

 Training contract assessment centres might seem like a rather daunting concept, but they don’t have to be. We sat down with The University of Law’s Employability Director, John Watkins, to find out more about what assessment centres are, where they came from and to get some top tips on ensuring you make the most of your opportunity to impress.

MISSED THE UCAS DEADLINE? DON'T PANIC...HERE'S WHAT TO DO

The UCAS application deadline came and went on Monday 15 January with an almost audible sigh coming from students across the country as they completed their submissions in the nick of time. But what if, for whatever reason, you missed it?

Set for Success: José Mirza

José Mirza completed his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law (ULaw) in 2014 and has recently completed his training contract at eBay, advancing on to become a Commercial Lawyer for the giant online company. We wanted to find out what life is like for an in-house legal professional in the fast-growth e-commerce and online industries. Here José talks about his swift progress through eBay and how his time at ULaw helped set him up for success in finding his ideal job. 

2017

Paula Littlewood, Ulaw Teacher of the Year 2017 | The University of Law

Paula Littlewood was voted Teacher of the Year by students at The University of Law in 2017, receiving her well-deserved award at the November graduation ceremony.

As you like it: Study options to suit any lifestyle | The University of Law

At The University of Law we offer a variety of course lengths and study methods designed to suit students in any situation. Whether it’s our full-time three year degrees or part-time courses, our two year accelerated courses, or our online study options, there are different benefits to all forms of study. 

Aim High: Where a Business degree can take you

Business degrees are hands-down the most popular choices for undergraduate studies in the UK, and for good reason. It’s one of the most diverse and well-rounded fields of higher education out there, offering a vast array of transferable skills that can lead you into almost any industry. Here we’ve picked out some of the most common areas that business graduates go into after their studies.

Making the Most of Freshers Week

Freshers’ Week is upon us and students are flooding into centres across the country. It’s an exciting time for many new undergraduates getting that first taste of freedom and independence, but there’s a lot more to Freshers’ Week than partying and freebies. 

CATCHING UP AFTER CLEARING: HOW TO GET UP TO SPEED AT SHORT NOTICE

Joining a course through Clearing might feel like you’re on the back foot, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

CLEARING: HOW IT WORKED FOR ME, FROM ULAW LLB STUDENTS

If you’ve got a big red ring around Thursday 17 August you will know that A Level results day is fast approaching. 

Hackathon Inspires Innovation

This month two hundred lawyers, tech experts and students gathered at The University of Law’s Moorgate campus to compete in the Online Courts Hackathon.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation Scheme

Exams are coming to an end and the summer is upon us, which means that firms around the country are about to welcome hundreds of law students onto their summer vacation schemes. Congratulations to you if you’re one of those students; be sure to get the most out of this excellent opportunity with our top tips on making this valuable work placement work for you.

Be Ready for Clearing with ULaw

While it may still be a way off before you get your A Level results, it’s worth being ahead of the game to see what Clearing has to offer.

Set for Success: Mariam Munang

Alumna Mariam Munang is an Associate Legal Officer at the United Nations (UN), which takes actions on issues confronting humanity in the 21st century. Based in its New York headquarters, she secured the job through the UN’s highly competitive Young Professionals Programme (YPP). She now works with colleagues across the world and travels internationally to work on major UN inquiries. Mariam is part of a new generation of lawyers who started their careers at ULaw, having studied our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC); here, she talks about her exciting career.

Set for Success: Shami Chakrabarti

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, is a member of the House of Lords, Labour politician, barrister and former director of the human rights group Liberty. She is also an Honorary Doctor of The University of Law. Shami was the keynote speaker at our BPTC 20th anniversary event in June 2017, where she spoke passionately about the rule of law and the role of lawyers in maintaining it. Before delivering her speech, she spoke to us about her career successes.

Understanding CMI: An interview with CEO Ann Francke

With all of The University of Law Business School’s postgraduate qualifying degrees accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you can be sure that you’re working towards a prestigious qualification. But what exactly is CMI, and what do they do? To find out, we asked CEO Ann Francke to give us an insight into CMI’s objectives, and get a few tips from the top on how to succeed.

GDL Inns Scholarship Interview Tips

GDL Inns scholarship interview tips

Summertime Swotting: Preparing for the BPTC

You’ve applied to a place at an Inn of Court and now you’re waiting to start your BPTC course. Congratulations. It’s time to start prepping, so what can you do over the summer months to make sure you’re fighting fit for September? We asked Matt Withers, Future Pupil Programme Coordinator at The University of Law, what aspiring barristers can do to get a step ahead.

How to get a scholarship for The University of Law’s 2017 courses

If you’ve got the skills and the brains to study law, a lack of funds should never stop you. The University of Law firmly believes in supporting bright students from all backgrounds who want to study law – so much so that it offers the UK’s largest combined university law scholarship and bursaries fund, standing at just over £600,000.

Alumni Profile: Nicholas Plant

Alumnus Nicholas Plant heads up the private equity practice at the world’s largest law firm, Dentons. Here he shares what his law firm looks for and explains how a law degree can set you up for success.

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Alumni profile: Baroness Warsi

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a lawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet.

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Alumni profile: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Law in its graduation ceremony this month (April 2017).

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Riding High: Exploring the Laws of Horserace Doping

We chat with former BHA Compliance Advisor for Drugs, Annita Sophocleous, about the complexities of doping and equine law in horseracing.

Ayisha Robertson

Ayisha Robertson, a pupil at Pump Court Chambers, studied the GDL and BPTC part-time at The University of Law. A career changer with a young family, Ayisha shares some great tips for applying to the Bar.

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Staff Snapshot: Robert Foxall – Associate Professor, London

Robert Foxall, Associate Professor at The University of Law (ULaw), has worked in higher education for over ten years following a successful career in private practice. We asked Robert about his passion for tax law, and what skills are needed to work in a field that’s more exciting and rewarding than you might think.

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What Would Happen If the Queen Went on a Crime Spree?

What would happen if the Queen committed a crime? Could Her Majesty be arrested? Alex Shattock provides a whistle stop tour of the legal difficulties.

Revision Tips 2017

Revision Tips 2017

MONEYLAW: A Bonus for UK Lawyers?

With top legal firms in the US adopting ever climbing salaries, hence the term MoneyLaw, will UK lawyers be set to benefit from a following of suit?

Alumni Speaking at Leading Conference Legalex

We take a look at our alumni who are set to speak at one of the biggest events in the legal industry, Legalex, taking place at the end of March.

Brexit: Opportunities Amid the Uncertainty

How is Brexit going to affect law students and trainee lawyers? Where will the opportunities be, and which sectors should law students look to move into?

Law is like a box of chocolates

This month two hundred lawyers, tech experts and students gathered at The University of Law’s Moorgate campus to compete in the Online Courts Hackathon.

Lessons in a Legal Career from Alumna Karen Holden

Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm, studied our LPC part-time while working in the public sector and recently made headlines. Here she shares her secrets for success.

Sarfraz Learns to Moot

Sarfraz Manzoor came to The University of Law to learn advocacy skills; he also interviewed John Watkins, our Director of Employability, before taking part in a moot with our students at leading chambers 9 Bedford Row.

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Student Snapshot: Ibrahim Olabi

Ibrahim Olabi studies the Bar Professional Training Course (BTPC) part-time at The University of Law. Amazingly, he combines his studies with his role as Executive Director of the Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP), which he founded in 2013.

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Why Do Recruiters Love Law Graduates?

Valentine’s Day may only fall once a year but when it comes to loving law, that’s an everyday thing for ambitious law students. To fuel their passion in this post we ask: What is it about law graduates that make recruiters gooey-eyed?

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Boost Your Chances of Getting a Training Contract

Securing a training contract will be playing on all aspiring solicitor’s minds at the moment. The competition for roles is often fierce, and young future lawyers need to brace themselves for applications, interviews, and assessment days. Worried? Fear not, we spoke to future trainee lawyers Nuri Mirwani, Megan McMellon and Aliana Chambers, along with recruiter Jessica Booker, to get their top tips on how to get a training contract. Read on to find out why they had to say.

Melanie Williams, Teacher of the Year 2016

Melanie Williams was voted Teacher of the Year 2016 by students at The University of Law. She joined our university 23 years ago after working as a solicitor at Collyer-Bristow and Alsop Wilkinson, and is now a firm and favourite fixture at our Guildford centre. Continue reading.

Career Options for Law Graduates

There are so many career options for law graduates. A law degree comes with a built-in badge of respect, precisely because it’s difficult and hard-earned. As such, it can set you up for other jobs that are as stimulating and diverse as a conventional legal career.

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Gain Desirable Transferable Skills

Our law degree gives you more than an understanding of what it takes to be a lawyer. It’s packed with the types of transferable skills that make a law graduate worth their weight in gold. Continue reading.

Another Competition Triumph

GDL students Millie Parrott and Aaron Pooni secured the trophy for the third time in the last 4 years at the event held on Saturday 25 November 2016.

New Year’s Resolutions to Start Your Amazing Career

2017, a shiny new year full of hope and possibility. We’ve created some career-themed new year’s resolutions designed to push you ahead of the pack.

2016

How to Survive Your Christmas Revision Break

The Christmas break usually signals a time of festive cheer. Plenty of time to relax, catch up with family and friends and gorge on mince pies… unless, of course, you’re a law student with exams looming, in which case you’re likely to be thinking about work, work, work. Continue reading.

Nailing Training Contracts with Kishan Parshotam

Having graduated top of his class, we asked Kishan Parshotam how he secured a training contract with a leading Magic Circle firm.

The Skills You Need to Succeed by Justine Watkinson

Justine Watkinson, alumna of ULaw and Partner & Head of Employment at Hillyer McKeown, shares her tips on increasing your employability and how to stand out.

RebLawUK Round-Up

RebLaw UK's shared mission is to build a community of law students, practitioners and activists working together for social change.

Alumnus Sergii Kupriienko on Our Pro Bono Opportunities

Sergii Kupriienko, an alumnus of The University of Law, studied for his LPC at our Guildford centre graduating in 2015. Whilst there he took full advantage of the careers and employability service we offer, including the extensive pro bono programme. Continue reading.

Winning Words: an Interview with Kizzie Fenner

LPC student and aspiring commercial lawyer, Kizzie Fenner won five awards at The University of Law Guildford’s 2016 prize-giving, where top students were commended for their excellent scores and achievements. Continue reading.

Alumna Interview: Amber Melville-Brown

Amber Melville-Brown studied at the College of Law in London and now runs the media and reputation team at international law firm, Withers.

Trailblazing Diversity Lecture and Prizegiving Ceremony

Last month we hosted Vernon Hill, Chairman and founder of Metro Bank PLC and their General Counsel Sally-Ann James at a special invite only talk at our Moorgate centre. Our students and staff heard first-hand about the business challenges of launching the first new bank to hit British high streets in more than 100 years. Continue reading.

Alumni Interview: Jane Gray, Solicitor for Stowe Family Law LLP

Jane Gray heads up the wills, tax trusts and probate team at the country’s largest family law specialists, Stowe Family Law LLP. Here, Jane provides an insight into becoming a family lawyer and offers advice to others wanting to take the same path. Continue reading.

Alumni Profile: Nastassia Burton

ULaw alumna Nastassia Burton took her LPC at ULaw Chester. She’s now managing partner at the UK’s largest specialist family law firm. Here she talks about her journey to the top, and offers some great insights for aspiring lawyers. Continue reading.

2015

Graduate Star: Melissa King

ULaw graduate star, Melissa King, took the 2-year accelerated law degree at the London Bloomsbury centre. She received three training contract offers, finally deciding on Ashford LLP, and is now taking her LLM LPC at ULaw Bristol. She helped found ULaw’s online prospectus by students, #liveprospectus, and is a media ambassador. Here she shares her experience so far, with some great advice for law students just starting out. Continue reading.

Hannah Clifford, 2015 Graduate Star

Hannah Clifford graduated last week having achieved a First in her LLB, which she studied at ULaw in Birmingham. Currently studying for her LPC, she gives some invaluable advice based on her own experiences of securing a training contract with Irwin Mitchell. Continue reading.

: Alumni Profile: Solomon Wifa, Partner Willkie Farr & Gallagher

ULaw alumnus Solomon Wifa can lay claim to helping get a man off death row in Jamaica as well as becoming the youngest-ever managing partner of the London office of international firm O’Melveny & Myers. His incredible journey is a real inspiration to students and testament to hard work and perseverance. He shares it with us here. Continue reading.

Alumna Interview: Christina Georgiou

Christina Georgiou’s hard work and determination sees her starting her training contract with Squire Patton Boggs this month. Here she shares her journey and offers some great advice to those students starting out. Continue reading.

Alumni Profile: Nick Connor, Managing Director, Volvo Car UK

We caught up with alumnus Nick Connor who graduated from Guildford centre in 1987. Here he shares his experience of studying with us, explains how a qualification in law has helped him achieve his ambitions and offers advice to those just starting out. Continue reading.

Alumni Interview: Steve Shaw, BP plc

Steve Shaw is Head of Communications for Technology, Safety and Legal at BP plc. Here he shares how a qualification in law has helped him and gives some advice to law students just starting out. Continue reading.

Alumni Interview: Joshua Rozenberg

Alumni Interview: Joshua Rozenberg Continue reading.

From Law Student to General Counsel; Sally-Ann James

Sally-Ann, General Counsel at Metro Bank who grew the in-house legal service, shares her top 10 tips on how a law student can stand out and succeed in the industry.

Review: Mootis – Facebook for Lawyers?

A new social network exclusively for lawyers is attempting to muscle in on the likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Continue reading.

How to Approach a Vac Scheme Application Form

With vacation scheme deadlines at most top City of London firms falling on 31 January – and some earlier this month – FLN shares its key tips for application form success. Continue reading.

2014

BBC One's The Apprentice Star, Lauren Riley

It has only been four years since Lauren Riley graduated from The University of Law's Manchester Legal Practice Course (LPC). In that time she has not only qualified as a family law solicitor, but launched a successful sideline as an entrepreneur and won fame starring in this year's The Apprentice. FLN caught up with her and she shared with us her career success tips for future lawyers. Continue reading.

How to Survive a Winter Vac Scheme

Winter work experience is getting more popular. The smaller size of the student intake on winter vac scheme gives them a more intimate feel than the summer ones, so say veterans of both. Further, the type of people you find on them tends to be more mixed, with firms reporting a higher proportion of students who are more advanced in their studies. Continue reading.

National Pro Bono Week: 6 Things to Consider

There was plenty to chew on for future lawyers during National Pro Bono Week: FLN considers the key points Continue reading.

5 Things Learned from #Legalcheeklive

120 law students were given an hour to ask a panel of top lawyers anything they liked. FLN summarises the most interesting things they learned Continue reading.

Law Fair Season

Law Fair season has kicked off! So what are they all about? They provide great networking opportunities for both students and law firms.

The Value of a Law Degree

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Judge Rinder: What's so Wrong with a Bit of Pantomime Law?

We review the UK version of Judge Judy Continue reading.

Tier 4 Visa Application: Top Tips

Head of International Visa Office at The University of Law, Jelena Culum, offers some ‘top tips’ to help students thinking about applying for a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.

Eight Things Every Training Contract Applicant Should Know

The July 31 training contract application deadline for many law firms is fast-approaching, rousing students from their post-exam slumber. Fear not, legal hopefuls - Future Lawyers Network has the advice you need to make your applications count. Continue reading.

How to Nail a Vacation Scheme

Here are FLN's top tips on how to perform well and use the placement as a springboard to a training contract. Continue reading.

The Future Lawyers Network 2014 Quiz

2014 has yielded a bumper crop of legal news stories – some serious, others light-hearted. How much attention have you been paying? Test your knowledge in this end of year FLN legal quiz. Continue reading.

2013

Eight Legal Market Predictions for 2014

We’ve been gazing into the crystal ball to try and identify the trends that will shape the legal profession in the coming year Continue reading.

Inns of Court Scheme to Create Extra Pupillages

Earlier this year, the decision by three barristers' chambers specialising in publicly funded work to withdraw their 2014 pupillages sent shockwaves through the legal profession. Would the government's legal aid reforms threaten the future of the Bar? Continue reading.

Review: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Earlier this month, seven leading members of the legal profession gathered at the Google Campus to share their wisdom with a roomful of law students. Continue reading.

8 Things You Need to Know to Ace the GDL

Eight things you need to know to ace the GDL Continue reading.

Social Media and Juries: an Uneasy Combination

According to 'Was the jury ever self-informing?', an exploration of the history of the jury system by legal academic Daniel Klerman, jurors in medieval England could include not only first-hand knowledge in their decision-making, but also rumour and hearsay. Continue reading.

8 Useful Things Law Students Can Do over the Summer

So you've emerged from the dark hole of revision, faced the terror of exams and celebrated your freedom. But now what? FLN considers some constructive, yet hopefully not too mentally taxing, ways to spend the great British summer. Continue reading.

The Government’s Legal Aid Reform Proposals

Many believe the Ministry of Justice's proposals could undermine this country's internationally-respected judicial system. We outline the key arguments.

The Legal ‘Memes’ That Went Viral

Social media accelerated the meme trend, with lawyers and law students increasingly getting in on the act. Here are ten examples that went viral.

Celebrations After Third Major Award in Just Six Months

We are celebrating after winning our third major award in just six months, with the Development of Talent prize at the Halsbury Legal Awards.

Opportunities for ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyers’

‘As never before, there is an opportunity to be involved in shaping the next generation of legal services’ Continue reading.

Nine Ways to Shine in Law Exams

Nine ways to shine in law exams Continue reading.

The Alternative Careers Interview: Legal Journalism

The latest industry to be hit by the disrupting force of the internet, journalism is undergoing an upheaval comparable to that which hit the music business in the early part of the millennium.

A Brief Chat with CILEx President, Nick Hanning

Brief Chats: Episode 4 Continue reading.

The Big Legal Cases of 2013

The big legal cases of 2013 so far – and the lawyers acting in them Continue reading.

A Brief Chat with Francis Fitzgibbon Qc

Brief Chats: Episode 2 Continue reading.

Legal Power Couples

There is ample evidence that inter-lawyer relationships can work – and even bolster one's career – as these lawyer-power couples demonstrate… Continue reading.

Sexuality in Law

As recently as 2007, not a single law firm made the top 100 employer rankings compiled annually by gay rights charity Stonewall. Happily, there has been steady improvement since then, with this year seeing eight law firms featured in the list – the highest number to date. Continue reading.

A Brief Chat: Tom Kilroy, General Counsel at Misys

Brief Chats: Episode 1 Continue reading.