What is LawCareersNetLIVE?
The LawCareersNetLIVE careers conferences are for talented students (law and non-law) who want to learn more about how to build a fulfilling career as a solicitor. They were formerly known as CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE. The events will be held in London and Manchester (on 30 November 2018 and 7 December 2018, respectively) and are timed to maximise the benefit to students intending to apply for 2019 vacation schemes.
The full-day programme is a mix of panel discussions, workshops and networking. Specifically, it offers:
- advice on crafting excellent applications, shining at interview and forging a successful career;
- exposure to, and insight from, some of the UK’s – and world’s – most experienced recruiters and lawyers;
- networking opportunities with those same recruiters and lawyers, and fellow delegates; and
- participation in interactive firm-led workshops, which drill down into what it’s like to work in a particular practice area.
While no two firms are identical, the sponsor firms at LawCareersNetLIVE share a number of characteristics, including that they:
- have numerous offices in the UK and, often, in locations around the world;
- will offer a comprehensive range of commercial/corporate practice areas, but each is also likely to have its own strong suit and may be the acknowledged experts in their field;
- will often be involved with multi-jurisdictional matters for UK and international clients, as well as UK businesses and individuals; and
- are likely to offer secondment opportunities, both overseas and within their clients.
What are you looking for in a delegate?
In short, we are looking for the same things that most law firms are looking for – excellent academics, good work experience, an understanding of the importance of commerciality and self-knowledge when it comes to the reasons why you will make a successful lawyer. For a detailed breakdown of these elements and more, read this LCN Says blog post, which is crammed with information and tips.
Should I apply?
LawCareersNetLIVE is best suited to those who have yet to start, or have recently started, making applications for training contracts. If you are a first or second-year law undergraduate or you are in the early stages of converting to law (or thinking about it) then this is a great event for you. Applications from law graduates and LPC students will also be considered.
Applicants should have a good academic record: a minimum of 2.1 and AAB at A level. If you do not meet these academic standards, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. Each of the conferences is open to a maximum of 150 -180 students.
How do I apply?
Applications open in June 2018 and close on 26 October 2018, but we encourage you to apply before the deadline as offers will be made on a rolling basis. You may apply to only ONE of either the London or Manchester events; it is up to you to choose the one that best suits your own timetable/geographical location.
What does it cost?
The delegate fee for LawCareersNetLIVE is £29. This fee is subsidised heavily by our sponsor firms and covers, among other things, refreshments on the day.
Successful applicants will be asked to pay the delegate fee using our secure online payment system. This only becomes due after you have been notified that you have been offered a place. Once paid, the delegate fee cannot be refunded and the place is non-transferable.
If I applied for last year’s CityLawLIVE or NationalLawLIVE conference, should I apply again?
Attendance at either of our 2017 conferences does not preclude you from this year’s LawCareersNetLIVE events; however, new applications will be given priority. If you were unsuccessful in your 2017 application, but you have gone on since then to get improved grades or experience, please feel free to apply again.
How will I know if I’ve been successful?
We will send you an email letting you know if you have secured a delegate place. At that point, we will give you clear instructions on how to accept your place, pay and select your two preferred workshops.
If selected, how should I prepare for the day?
In much the same way as you would prepare for a law fair, you need to do some advance research on the firms that will be in attendance. Look at their own websites, their details on LawCareers.Net, the legal press to get a sense of the types of firm they are, the type of law they focus on, the industries they represent and so on. Have a couple of good questions to ask the firm representatives you meet during networking breaks. Spend more time on those firms whose workshops you are attending and build in at least a bit of time to look at the practice area to be covered.
Finally, make sure that you know exactly where you’re going on the day – either County Hall in London or 11 Portland Street in Manchester – and build in time for travel delays.
Will there be refreshments during the day?
Yes, lunch will be provided, as well as tea/coffee and biscuits during the morning and afternoon breaks. However, don’t forget that these periods are also scheduled to give you the chance to chat to firm representatives at their stands, so by all means refuel, but don’t spend all your time eating and drinking, and thus miss the chance to talk to your potential employers!
Should I mention attending LawCareersNetLIVE on my vac scheme/training contract application forms?
Definitely! Firms recognise LawCareersNetLIVE as a well-known, prestigious event. The fact that you have been selected from among hundreds of others to attend, based on your impressive grades, experience and stand-out application form, reflects well on you. You can also use it to talk about experience you have had interacting with firms and even to flatter a sponsor firm when you come to apply to them direct!
What is the difference between the London and Manchester LawCareersNetLIVE events?
Very little! Both are inspiring one-day student conferences made up of panel discussions, workshops and networking that look at the economics of law firms and the life of lawyers working in the UK legal profession.
The London event is on 30 November 2018 and Manchester on 7 December 2018. The day’s programme in both locations is identical, and while the sponsor firms at each are different in some respects (eg, in terms of size and international reach) many of their clients, practice areas and quality of work will be the same. And rest assured that both locations offer high-quality, targeted advice, delivered by experts in the field.
You are only able to apply for ONE LawCareersNetLIVE event, so choose the one that best suits your timetable and/or geographical location.
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LawCareersNetLIVE offers bright, motivated candidates the chance to get ahead by spending an intensive day of study and networking with well-known and highly regarded law firms, talking about what they do and why they do it and, of course, how to join them at the legal top table.
LawCareersNetLIVE gives you the chance to meet some of the most dynamic and interesting firms in the UK. With panel discussions, firm-led workshops and networking sessions, don’t miss this opportunity to connect with recruiters, trainees and partners from top law firms.