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 will be held in Manchester and London (on 27  November 2020 and 4 December 2020, respectively) and are timed to maximise the benefit to students intending to apply for 2021 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.

Will LawCareersNetLIVE be going ahead in light of coronavirus?


Yes. Having spoken to the venues for London and Manchester – etc. venues – we are confident that LawCareersNetLIVE will be able to take place as a physical event in November and December. Etc. venues will be implementing comprehensive measures including room adapted for social distancing, a touch-free food service and enhanced science-led cleaning. You can find out more about what they will be doing with their 18-point plan. This means that we can comply with government regulations and run LawCareersNetLIVE in a safe way.

We understand that you might have concerns regarding travel to and from the events and will provide further updates later in the year. In the meantime, please apply for the conferences as normal.


What is the difference between the London and Manchester 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 Manchester event is on Friday 27 November 2020. The London event is Friday 4 December 2020. The day’s programme is identical at all locations, and 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 locations offer high-quality, targeted advice, delivered by experts in the field.

You are only available to apply for ONE LawCareersNetLIVE event, so choose the one that best suits your timetable and geographical location. Please note that the London event is extremely popular and oversubscribed each year and we therefore ask London applicants to let us know if they would be happy to attend the Manchester event as a second choice.


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 dress code?


Dress in either a suit or smart clothes, be this jacket and trousers, dress or skirt. This is not a formal interview situation; however, you will want the firms to see that you could become an ambassador for their organisation. You can leave coats and bags in the cloak room at the venue entrance.


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!


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 now 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.


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


Attendance at the 2019 conferences does not preclude you from this year’s LawCareersNetLIVE events; however, new applications will be given priority. If you were unsuccessful in your 2019 application, but you have gone on since to improve your grades or work experience, please feel free to apply again.


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.


How do I apply?


Applications open in June 2020 and close on 30 October 2020, 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 the Manchester or London events; it is up to you to choose the one that best suits your own timetable/geographical location.


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.


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.

27 Nov 2020


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.

4 Dec 2020


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.



We're looking for the same things that most law firms are looking for - academic excellence, good work experience and commercial awareness. Find out more about what to put in your application by heading to the FAQ or Media sections of the site.

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