Dedicated careers and recruitment service
Nottingham Law School has a dedicated careers and recruitment service which provides students with as much guidance and assistance as possible in their search for a training contract, pupillage, or other graduate career. Support is offered from undergraduate level and increases as students progress onto our professional courses.
Our annual surveys have shown that more than 80% of our full-time and part-time LLM LPC and GDL students secure a training contract, paralegal work or other position, while our Bar course has consistently achieved the highest pupillage success rate nationally.
At Nottingham Law School our dedicated careers and recruitment service can provide the following support:
- careers seminars dedicated to training contract and pupillage applications and interview techniques
- workshops delivered by practitioners from regional and national firms, chambers and the judiciary
- individual presentations by international and regional practices, and chambers seeking to recruit trainees and pupils
- advice on the most appropriate combination of elective subjects
- access to a specialist careers consultant and a dedicated careers tutor within the Law School to review training contract, pupillage, placement, and vacation scheme applications and formulate individual career plans
- regular updates about training contract, pupillage and paralegal opportunities
- interview preparation service, including mock interviews
- a mentoring scheme with trainees from law firms including Eversheds, Browne Jacobson and Shoosmiths to provide support and guidance on gaining a training contract and what to expect from life in the profession
- a law fair.
"The Law School careers officer works closely with the member of teaching staff responsible for careers to provide an impressive programme of careers events."
Bar Council Monitoring Panel Report
"The careers advisors at Nottingham Law School consist of a friendly, dedicated team of highly experienced individuals who enjoy guiding students every step of the way. The staff have been exceptionally supportive in helping me to make the right career choice by providing informative lectures and updates in the legal spectrum. Without the careers lectures and talks by highly regarded firms such as Eversheds, Nabarro and Irwin Mitchell, I would not have been able to make my career decision.
"Regular emails updating my knowledge on the application procedures for various firms, summary of interviews attended by LPC and BPTC students, and the latest legal jobs being posted on the online workspace has improved my chances of securing a job even in these current economic circumstances.
"The results speak for themselves – around 94% of the students from our University secure a job or a place for further education within one year of graduation. For these reasons I would advise any student who wishes to gain the best education, with the added bonus of excellent careers advice, to attend Nottingham Law School."
Shail Kalyan, LLB (Hons) Law, full-time, Final Year
"I found the careers department to be friendly and approachable. Having worked as a professional musician prior to commencing the part-time LPC, they were able to help me identify transferable skills and to frame my professional experience so as to highlight the qualities that a commercial law firm look for. The process was collaborative and fun, and focused on the crucial areas of CV drafting and assessment-day preparation. Prior to seeking their help and guidance I had been shortlisted for a training contract with a large commercial firm, but following their input I felt more confident and tuned-in to what firms look for and was offered a training contract with one of their main rivals. It really did make all the difference."
Benjamin Gant, LPC, part-time, Year Two