Staff outside the Magistrates' Court in Nottingham

November 5, 2013, by Jackie Thompson

Your questions about legal careers, answered

By Sam Longe-Thomas, Events and Vacancies Team Leader and Peter Kay, Senior Careers Adviser

Considering a career in law? At our Law Speed Networking event on Tuesday 12 November, you will have the chance to talk to staff from top law firms and a law school.  All are welcome!

What is speed networking?

You have probably heard of speed dating, speed networking is very similar! You’ll spend three or four minutes with a member of staff from each firm/school to ask the questions that matter to you.

It is important that you carry out research into each organisation before the event. You should explore their specialist areas of law, the clients they work for and the graduate career or study opportunities on offer. The first point of call should be their website, social media channels and corporate literature.

Making the most of this event

Use this event to seek advice and gather further information that will help you make a strong application to the firm or law school. Tailor your questions to each firm or ask the same questions to two or three companies and compare their responses. Here are some examples to give you some inspiration (but, please do think of your own!):

  • Freeth Cartwright – ‘Your firm offers services to businesses and individuals, as an applicant should I be specific about the area that interests me on my application form?’
  • Browne Jacobson – ‘How feasible would it be to specialise as a solicitor in children’s services?’
  • Bird & Bird – ‘What makes you a ‘two-bird’ person?’
  • Shoosmiths – ‘What‘s the difference between the work carried out in your Northampton and Nottingham offices?’

What questions do you have for Ashurst, Eversheds, RPC and The University of Law?

You must book a place to attend these speed networking sessions on My Career (event IDs 2374, 2534, 2375 and 2535). They are offered at 6.45pm and 7.30pm.

Drinks and nibbles

There is another chance to meet with representatives at a general networking event from 6.30-8.30pm in A4, Law and Social Sciences (event ID 3192). You can talk to them over drinks and nibbles in a relaxed environment. This session is open to all students and you don’t have to have attended a speed networking session to join in.

To find out more about face-to-face networking, watch our videos featuring PwC and Michael Page International.

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