Plan Your Future
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The School of Law has a dedicated employability officer, Marika Hildebrandova, and a specialist careers consultant, Steve Carter.
Bespoke careers support
Steve Carter provides bespoke careers support to School of Law students. He will help you plan what to do after university; search for job vacancies, work experience and opportunities; and give advice and feedback to improve your applications and interview technique.
In particular, he can help you ...
- make realistic decisions about your next steps
- explore information about occupations, employers, postgraduate training and industry sectors
- understand and assess the available opportunities
- assess your own potential
- choose wisely from all the options open to you
- make and implement an agreed plan of action
- help with your job search strategy.
Careers Centre's services
As a student at the School of Law, our University Careers Centre offers you guided opportunities to explore all your career possibilities, plan for your future and compete for jobs when you graduate.
One to One support
The Careers Centre drop-in service is open Monday to Friday, during term-time and holidays for any career-related query you may have.
- Career planning and advice on work experience
- One to One help with applications and CVs
- Advice on professional postgraduate qualifications
- Alumni advice and tips
Employer information and events
- Over 460 separate employer events a year
- Individual employer presentations
- Online database of hundreds of job vacancies and internships
Our Careers Centre also runs sessions to give you the opportunity to analyse your own skills and attributes, and consider how employers may see you.
You can then relate your findings to your career decisions and consider the best ways of presenting yourself to prospective employers and leaders of new courses.
Workshops include ...
- CVs and applications
- interview skills
- assessment centre preparation
- commercial awareness
- public, charity and private sector careers and internships
- aptitude testing…and much more.
The Careers Centre offers a range of accredited modules which are offered as electives to be taken alongside a degree. Our modules are open to all undergraduate students and are a great opportunity to ...
- develop a clearer picture of their career motivations
- understand entrepreneurship
- take a work placement year and find out more about the graduate job market direct from recruiters and Career Consultants.
As a student at the School of Law, you can take advantage of a number of activities that we organise to help you navigate your way through the career world.
School of Law activities throughout the academic year include ...
- talks by law firms or criminal justice employers
- a marshalling scheme with local courts
- mock interviews with local law firms
- a mentoring scheme with Walker Morris
- bespoke open days for Leeds students at law firms
- visits to prisons
- the annual Law Fair
- and the annual Criminal Justice Careers and Volunteering Fair.
The Leeds Law Society also holds a Careers Dinner in the first semester of every year, offering Law Society members the chance to speak with solicitors about future career plans. In addition, they also host presentations by law firms on campus where you will have the opportunity to discover more about a particular firm and network with its trainees, associates and partners.
The Leeds Criminal Justice Society invites guest speakers from various areas of the Criminal Justice system to give talks to students.
As a student of the School of Law at the University of Leeds, our Careers Centre and the School of Law can support you with organising work experience to enhance your employability and explore career possibilities.
You may consider ...
- taking a work placement year
- a School of Law scheme or opportunity
- an internship via the Leeds Internship Programme
- and going on an Insight day.
These opportunities are subject to change.
Year in Industry
A work placement year is a great way to develop your skills and stand out to a graduate recruiter. If you decide to undertake one, it would sit between the second and final year of your degree.
You would be responsible for organising your own work experience, but the Careers Centre offers guidance and support in the form of a special work placement module. The Careers Centre is here to help you research and secure your placements and provide you with pre-placement and on-placement support.
When you have completed the module, you will:
- understand how a work environment functions and your contribution to it
- gain a high level of transferable skills
- understand how you can apply your work-based learning to other areas of personal development, including academic performance.
Squire Patton Boggs Scholarship
The Squire Patton Boggs Scholarship Prize is an annual scholarship prize established by Squire Patton Boggs in 2011. £1,500 is awarded to a second-year undergraduate Law student who demonstrates both academic merit in their first year examinations along with evidence of extra-curricular activities.
Two students got work experience opportunities at Squire Patton Boggs during the summer of 2016.
Work Experience in Marks and Spencer's legal department
Students have the opportunity to spend time in the in-house legal department of Marks and Spencer in London.
Local work experience
The School of Law also organises work experience for students in local firms and chambers. In the past, students have had a chance to, for example, get mini-pupillages at St. Paul's Chambers and Exchange Chambers; and work experience in Dixon Law or Schofield Sweeney.
Leeds Internship Programme
The Careers Centre offer a wide range of exclusive, paid opportunities each year to our undergraduates and new graduates.
- Summer internships for 1st, 2nd or penultimate year undergraduates in businesses, charities and university departments.
- Twelve-month undergraduate placements working for the University of Leeds.
- Winter internships in SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) for our recent graduates
Applicants to the Leeds Internship Programme receive support through the application process and beyond.
Insight days provide a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into a particular company or sector. Offered by many large graduate recruiters, they give you the chance to spend a day in an office, discovering what the company does in order to get a better understanding of its business. You can also benefit from plenty of practical advice about what makes a good appplication, and pick up tips about applications and interview techniques.
For more information about work experience possibilities:
Career Mentoring Scheme
The Career Mentoring Scheme, in which second year students are paired with their own career mentor, aims to enhance your employability, expand professional networks and increase your confidence.
Mentors volunteer their time to assist with career planning and development. They work in graduate positions across a wide variety of organisations such as law firms, barristers chambers, the civil service, the police and prison services, banks or charities. They will help you gain an insight into working life and develop skills related to a particular career.
Mentoring may involve:
- Visiting your mentor’s workplace to gain an insight into the business environment
- Discussing career plans to get an unbiased, experienced view of your next steps
- Networking with your mentor’s colleagues to find out about alternative roles
- Accessing shadowing or work experience opportunities
- Gaining a realistic knowledge of various career roles and developing a personal strategy for success
- Recieving guidance on the interview and selection process.
Benefits of the Scheme
If you are sucessfully matched with a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:
- Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Increase your social and academic confidence
- Become more empowered to make decisions
- Develop communication, study and personal skills
- Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
- Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
- Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your career.
Emma McNamara, BA Criminal Justice and Criminology
Second year BA Criminal Justice and Criminology student Emma McNamara is paired with Laura Elson, Giving Time Coordinator at Voluntary Action Leeds.
“I decided to take part because I thought it was an excellent scheme and an ingenious idea from the Law school. I also thought it was a great opportunity to build and develop additional skills. Being a mature student, I have had to develop many skills already, but was lacking in skills such as career advice, accessing Linkedin, and networking, this is an important skill for gaining employment. My personal tutor Henry Yeomans advised me about the scheme.
I’ve met my mentor – we are a great match, I was really happy and enthusiastic after meeting Laura. I’m hoping the scheme will help me to build additional confidence within the employment sector, developed skills in networking, experience working with prisoners and ex-offenders, as that is something I am passionate about. I am also a learning champion volunteer at the LLC, this involves helping people from all backgrounds access education through widening participation. I’m hoping to build on these skills to help offenders and exoffenders access education and HE.”
As a University of Leeds student, you have access to online resources that will help you to identify your own skills and abilities, and shape your future.
Leeds for Life
Leeds for Life will help you, as a School of Law student, to make the most of your time at the University of Leeds.
The scheme is a model of personal tutoring that provides you with structured one to one meetings with a personal tutor throughout your degree.
The Leeds for Life web portal allows you to prepare for your personal tutorials and access a wide range of developmental and co-curricular opportunities that are available through your school and the university.
You are also encouraged to keep a "living CV" where you can keep information from your personal tutor sessions, your exam marks, details about opportunities you have been involved in and a copy of your personal statement.
The Leeds for Life Foundation can also help you to make the most of your time at University. If you have an idea for a project that fits the spirit of Leeds for Life and will develop your skills, the Leeds for Life Foundation could help with a cash grant to make it happen.