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Verdict Magazine: Employability Special is out

The next edition of our Verdict Magazine, aimed at giving law students the inside track, is out. The effects of the pandemic are seeing future lawyers concerned about achieving their ambitions, so our special Employability edition features a range of recruitment professionals and recent trainees sharing practical advice and inside knowledge on how to land your dream job.

In the issue, we talk diversity, law and how firms are evolving in our new world with Chelsea Kwayke, ULaw alumna and co-author of “Taking Up Space” from Stormzy’s #Merky books. We also take a look at the strides made in 2021 to widen access to the legal profession and discuss that striving to be a diverse legal industry is a marathon not a sprint.

You can also hear from HR leaders, Katie Garman, Graduate Development Manager at DLA Piper on making sure your application ends up in the right pile, how to impress at the assessment centre with Deborah McCormack, Head of Early Talent at Pinsent Masons LLP, the dos and don’ts from an insider’s perspective, with Kiran Arora, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, and how to learn from rejection and build resilience during the application process.

First impressions aren’t the only ones that count. This can especially be said for the final interview stage. Verdict caught up with Emma Clark, Corporate Counsel and a member of Linklaters’ trainee recruitment panel, to find out how you can make the best last impression at the final interview.

We also understand that sometimes legal experience isn’t everything and recruiters find different backgrounds are beneficial. In issue 6 of Verdict, we speak to some ULaw students who have succeeded in securing training contracts with their interesting and very different work background showing us that the legal industry is made what it is today through the diversity of applicants.

One of the biggest issues facing our world today is our quickly changing work-place – part due to the pandemic, part due to the investments in technology. This year we have learned that the office is an out-dated construct and the legal industry is embracing the change to a more flexible working approach. Dan Kayne, General Counsel for the Regions Team at Network Rail and founder of The O Shaped Lawyer programme discusses the new set of skills needed for a revolutionised legal sector.

Read Employability Special, the issue #6 of Verdict magazine.

Along with this year’s edition of Verdict, we are also hosting a virtual event to launch our new edition of Verdict on 15 April from 6:00pm. We will be welcoming some of this edition’s contributors to share employment advice, tips and guidance for what recruiters are looking for in a post-Covid world. Book your free ticket to attend, entering the password 15ves2021 when prompted.