Yasemin Guven, Careers Development Officer, explains why we run our roadshows for students, why you should sign up (and encourage your friends to sign up!) and come along.
We know it's easier to find out about some legal career options than others. There tends to be plenty of information available for those of you who are interested in working for a big firm but it can be trickier to find out about forging a career in high street firms and in-house organisations.
According to our 2017/18 data, 40% of traineeships are based in firms with 0-10 partners and a further 12% of trainees are within in-house legal teams. We want to ensure all law students find out about the breadth of opportunities available as there are so many different types of employers that make up the Scottish legal sector. We ran these roadshows focusing on a career outside a big firm and they're back by popular demand for February 2019.
Representatives from high street firms and in-house organisations will take part in a chaired Q&A session to answer questions like:
- What do high street employers look for in candidates?
- What's the best way to approach a high street employer?
- Do speculative applications actually work?
- What does an in-house traineeship look like?
- Where can you find out about in-house employers?
There will then be the opportunity to ask employers questions one to one and network with fellow students in your local area. As each event will incorporate different university cohorts, it's a great way to expand your local network.
Can I come along?
All LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice students are eligible to attend. You can also come along if you've finished the Diploma but are still looking for a traineeship. These sessions won't be hosted at your university, and you are welcome to attend any of our events that are most convenient for you in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The events are designed to support you. We've been listening to students and you've told us you'd like to hear about other employers.
When is my local event?
All the events are taking place in the evening, 5.30 - 7.15pm, on the following dates:
- Aberdeen: Tuesday 18 February 2020, Society of Advocates
- Dundee: Thursday 20 February 2020, Scottish Social Services Council's offices
- Glasgow: Monday 24 February 2020, Royal Faculty of Procurators Glasgow
- Edinburgh: Thursday 27 February 2020, The Law Society of Scotland
Sign up for any of the roadshows on our events website by using the links above for the city you want to attend. Spaces are limited based on venue capacity, so ensure you book early to avoid disappointment!
Please note you must be registered as a student associate to attend this event. It only takes two minutes to sign up and is totally free.