Law is an ever-popular career choice, and competition to enter the profession is always high even at the best of times. In the current economic climate you need to keep one step ahead of the competition, in order to maximise your chances of success.
To help you do so, The University of Law has developed a free, online Student Employability Programme (StEP), taking you through the following ten key steps or stages to a career in law:
Step 1: Understanding the legal market
Provides an overview of the legal profession, looking at the different areas of practice, what solicitors and barristers do, and what type of lawyer you want to be.
Step 2: Assessing your employability
What does it take to be a lawyer? What are recruiters looking for, and have you got the experience and skills they want?
Step 3: Planning your legal career
With long recruitment cycles and significant competition for graduate roles, planning is essential to career success.
Step 4: Researching legal recruiters
A look at why research is so fundamental at all stages of the recruitment process, and how research can help you find vacancies and opportunities within the legal market.
Step 5: Gaining experience and making contact
Legal work, a broad base of experience and the ability to network are all important for those pursuing a career in the legal profession. Step five helps you identify opportunities and make the most of them.
Step 6: Writing legal CVs and covering letters
Despite the widespread use of application forms, the CV is still a vital tool in the recruitment process. Step six guides you through the process of constructing a legal CV and writing a successful covering letter.
Step 7: Completing application forms
Step seven looks at completing application forms in legal recruitment: from the different questions asked to how you draw on personal experience to provide evidence for your answers.
Step 8: Preparing for interviews
Step eight looks at how you can prepare for interviews to maximise your chances of success, looking at the different questions you may be asked and the different styles of questioning used.
Step 9: Preparing for assessments
From letter writing to advocacy exercises, assessments are common in legal recruitment. In step nine we look at what could you be asked to do and how you should prepare?
Step 10: Managing your career
Whether you’ve secured a training contract or pupillage, or whether you’re still looking for your first legal role, step ten looks at the options available and the steps you can take to achieve your ambitions.