Find out more about the LawCareersNetLIVE student conferences.


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. The events are timed to maximise the benefit to students intending to apply for 2025 vacation schemes and training contracts.

The 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 sponsoring 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 its 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’s the difference between the LawCareersNetLIVE events?


Very little! All 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 programme is identical at all events, with the only difference being that the virtual event will be split over two afternoons (instead of one day).

While the sponsor firms at each are different in some respects, many of their clients, practice areas and quality of work will be the same. And rest assured that all events offer high-quality, targeted advice, delivered by experts in the field.

On the LawCareersNetLIVE application form you’ll be able to enter your first, second and third choice of desired location. Please choose the events that suit you best in terms of the timetable and sponsor firms. We’ll do our best to give everyone their preferred LawCareersNetLIVE location but due to high demand, this might not always be possible.


How do I apply?


Applications open in June 2024 and close on 31 October 2024, but we encourage you to apply before the deadline as offers will be made on a rolling basis.


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’re a first or second-year law undergraduate or you’re 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/SQE students will also be considered.

Applicants should have a good academic record: a minimum of 2:1 and AAB at A level. If you don’t meet these academic standards, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. Each of the conferences is open to a maximum of 150 -180 students.


What are you looking for in a delegate?


In short, we’re 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’ll 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.


If I applied for/attended last year’s LawCareersNetLIVE, should I apply again?


Attendance at the 2023 conferences doesn’t preclude you from this year’s LawCareersNetLIVE events; however, new applications will be given priority. If you were unsuccessful in your 2023 application, but you’ve gone on since to improve your application or work experience, please feel free to apply again.


What does it cost?


If you receive a place at LawCareersNetLIVE, you’ll be asked to pay a refundable deposit of £20 for the Manchester and London events, or £10 for the Virtual event to secure your place. As spaces are limited, this is to secure your place.

Successful applicants will be asked to pay the delegate holding fee using our secure online payment system. This only becomes due after you’ve been notified that you’ve been offered a place.

The holding fee will be fully refunded upon attendance.

Find out more about how we support delegates from a low socio-economic background with the FAQ below.


How will I know if I’ve been successful?


We’ll send you an email letting you know if you’ve secured a delegate place. At that point, we’ll give you clear instructions on how to accept your place, pay the holding fee and select your two preferred workshops.


How does LawCareersNetLIVE promote diversity in the legal profession?


At LawCareersNetLIVE we’re committed to genuine equality of opportunity and aim to demonstrate and promote a diverse and inclusive legal profession that reflects the society it represents.

All delegate applications are blind screened by two members of the LawCareers.Net team, without access to an applicant’s diversity information. We review all applications regardless of academic result or university attended and take note of mitigating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

For our sponsor law firms, we’ve put together a set of guidelines outlining our commitment to diversity at our events, and we ask firms to consider these diversity guidelines when putting forward speakers and selecting workshop leaders and others who’ll represent the firm at the event. We encourage speakers not fulfilling any of our diversity criteria to instead promote someone who does to appear in their place.

We work with a number of diversity organisations to promote our LawCareersNetLIVE events to students from underrepresented backgrounds and will be offering fully free places (with no need to pay a holding fee) across our events to delegates from these organisations.

For more on how we’re supporting those who might not be able to afford the delegate holding fee, see below.


How will you support me if I am from a low socio-economic background?


We’re delighted to offer a number of fully free places across our LawCareersNetLIVE events to delegates from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those who might not be able to afford the delegate holding fee. This year we’ll be working with a number diversity organisations in order to do this.

If you’re not a member of one of these organisations and think that this applies to you, drop us an email at [email protected] after you’ve submitted your application. If you’re successful in securing a place, we’ll be in touch regarding booking onto the event for free.

We have a small budget for providing travel reimbursements for delegates having to travel in for the Manchester and London events. If you’d like to apply for a travel reimbursement, you need to email us as soon as you’ve received your place at LawCareersNetLIVE and we can provide further information. Otherwise, we recommend applying for the Virtual event which allows you to take part in the conference from home.


If selected, how should I prepare for the day?


In much the same way as you’d prepare for a law fair or firm event, you need to do some advance research on the firms that’ll 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 (11 Portland Street in Manchester and County Hall in London) and build in time for travel delays.

We’ll send out further information to successful applicants on how to make the most of the virtual event.


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’ve 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’ve had interacting with firms and even to flatter a sponsor firm when you come to apply to them directly!

29 Nov


Join us in Manchester 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.

6 Dec


LawCareersNetLIVE London offers bright, motivated candidates the chance to get ahead by spending an intensive day of study and networking with well-known and highly regarded City firms, talking about what they do and why they do it and, of course, how to join them at the legal top table.

10-11 Dec


LawCareersNetLIVE Virtual will take place across the afternoons of 10 and 11 December 2024 and offers the unique opportunity to engage with our law firm sponsors. Don't miss the opportunity to find out about working as a commercial solicitor from home.

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