|Careers News, Events and Opportunities for the Law School 2012-13|
NEW - Lindsays Solicitors Trainee Opportunity
Lindsays are looking to recruit a trainee to undertake a two-year fixed seat traineeship in their Dispute Resolution & Litigation team for the Edinburgh office. This position will commence on 1 August 2013, and the deadline for submitting your application is noon on Monday 13 May 2013. Interviews will be held in June. You can find the application form and more details here: http://www.lindsays.co.uk/careers/traineeships/application-process/
Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair - 23rd May 2013
Opportunities for summer 2013 and beyond will be on offer at this event - from exhibitors representing a variety of companies, postgraduate institutions and voluntary/charitable organisations, including Baker Tilly, Bloomberg and the Scottish Government. As well as meeting over 60 exhibitors you can also attend one of the talks we run, or have a short consultation with a careers adviser at the drop-in careers advice/CV feedback clinic.
Find out more at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/using-careers-service/events/careers-fairs/grad-fair/overview
LATEST - City of Edinburgh Council Summer Placement Scheme
The City of Edinburgh Council is running a Summer Placement Scheme within its Legal Services team during June 2013. It is open to Diploma students. There are two placements available, each lasting for two weeks. The placements are not remunerated.
You will have the opportunity to engage with a cross section of Council employees. The tasks given to you will include drafting, research, proof-reading and attending at Court with solicitors. Each week will be spent in one of the following departments:
Commercial Practice; Litigation; Property and Planning; or Employment.
Closing date is 5pm on Friday 16th April 2013. Applications on the required application form will be accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW - Traineeship vacancy - Corporate - 2013
Murray Donald are looking for a graduate to undertake a commercial-only traineeship. This is an opportunity to join a Fife-based firm with the breadth of corporate, IP, commercial property and employment work generally only found in a city. Clients include university spin-outs; technology SMEs; renewable energy companies and high profile businesses in the golf market. To apply, please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) to Sheila Rogers, Practice Manager, SRogers@murraydonald.co.uk, by 25 March 2013.
NEW - Legal and Tax Careers at Standard Life Event
Weds 27 Feb 2013, 4 - 5 pm, in the Moot Court Room, Old College. Two representatives from Standard Life are coming in to the Law School to talk about 'uncovering hidden legal and tax careers'. Sign up via Eventbrite.
NEW - Traineeships at Blackadders, Dundee
Blackadders have just advertised 2 traineeships available with the firm, within the Conveyancing and Tax, Trusts and Care/Guardianships Departments. Should anyone be interested please go to their website – www.blackadders.co.uk/careers. Closing date for applications is 8th March 2013.
NEW - New York & Californian State Bar Exam Programme Open Evening/Informative Session
Run by Barbri, a New York & Californian State Bar Exam Programme Open Evening / Informative Session is being run at the University of Strathclyde (McCance Building - Room MC301) in Glasgow on Wednesday 27th Feb 2013 at 6pm to 7.30pm.
Interested Law Undergraduates, Postgraduates, and Alumni are all invited to attend this event. Registration may be made by either calling 0131 463 8405 or emailing email@example.com
NEW - Careers Adviser Drop-Ins in Old College - Semester 2
Two more Drop-Ins left this semester, as additional opportunities to talk to a Careers Adviser about anything from CV feedback to finding suummer work experience or jobs outwith Law. Dates: Thurs March 7th & April 18th, 1-3pm, Ken Mason Suite. No appointment necessary. Don't forget you can arrange to speak to an Adviser at any time by booking a 20 minute appointment in the Careers Service on the day you would like it. See here for how...
English and international law firms on campus this semester
At least 15 major London and international law firms will be present at this year's Careers Fair, including such names as Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Slaughter & May. It's a great chance to find out about a large number of potential career opportunities, and to meet employers, beyond the Scots law landscape, who are keen to recruit Edinburgh students and graduates. There will be over 100 organisations exhibiting at the fair in total - different ones each day.
DATE: Tues 9th & Weds 10th October
TIME: 1.30pm - 6.30pm each day
VENUE: Adam House, Chambers Street
You can plan your visit(s) in advance using our online Fair guide. Don't forget, many firms also host presentations and networking events on and around campus during semester; a great way to get even more up-close-and-personal with a potential recruiter! For full details of the packed employer programme check here.
Careers talks programme in the Law School Semester 1 2012
Lunchtime Careers Talks
Where? Centre for Professional Legal Studies (CPLS), 7 Bristo Square
Oct 2nd - Effective Legal Applications (LT1)
Oct 30th - Effective Legal Interviews (LT1)
Nov 6th - Finding Vacation Work (LT3)
Nov 13th - Careers beyond Law (LT3)
Talks run 1.05 – 1.50pm. All law students welcome; no sign-up required
Law School Careers Drop-Ins
Careers Adviser Drop-Ins
Where? Ken Mason Suite, Old College
When? Thursdays, 1 - 3pm
on 27th Sept, 4th & 25th Oct, 8th & 22nd Nov
How? Just turn up and speak with the Adviser
Why? CV feedback, job hunting, interview tips & more!
Don’t forget you can arrange to speak to a Careers Adviser at any time…Check how at www.ed.ac.uk/careers
Trainee vacancies and 2012 Scots Law Fair
On SAGE @ the Careers Service right now, you'll find more than twenty Scots Law Traineeships for 2014 already advertised (plus one - Burness - for 2013!), including opportunities with Brodies, Maclay Murray & Spens, Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, HBJ Gateley, Shepherd & Wedderburn, Dickson Minto (2 types) and Gillespie Macandrew. Early birds should note that the closing date for Turcan Connell's vacancies is as soon as Sept 25th, Morton Fraser Sept 27th, with several other firms urging candidates to apply as soon as possible. More traineeship vacancies will go live on SAGE in the coming weeks, so do keep checking back, and make sure you take time to chat and make yourself known to as many of your target firms as possible at this year's Law Fair!...
Talking of which, the Scots Law Fair brings together the larger Scottish law firms which have upcoming traineeship closing dates, usually for starting two years hence, plus a variety of other organisations who can provide valuable information about working in the Scottish legal profession. Exhibitors' details are posted here, so why not plan your aftenoon, in terms of who you want to meet and what questions to ask them, in advance.
DATE: Weds 26 September 2012
TIME: 1pm - 4pm
VENUE: Playfair Library, Old College
'Archived' News and events from 2011-12...
Glasgow City Council Traineeships announced!
Glasgow City Council are advertising a traineeship position, which closes on 9 May 2012.
"Applications for a legal traineeship are invited from graduates in Scots Law who have or will have a Diploma in Legal Practice (preferably including Public Administration) from a Scottish University before the start of the traineeship. Training will include litigation, commercial, property, licensing and committee work. Standard Disclosure Scotland check will be required on taking up appointment. These posts are fixed-term for a period of 2 years."
For more information and an application form, click here
Do you know about TSIS – Third Sector Internships Scotland?
TSIS offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful paid work experience with voluntary organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises.
They are currently recruiting for a range of opportunities including:
- Marketing and Communications Intern with ASH SCOTLAND
- Social Impact Research Intern with COMMUNITY ENERGY SCOTLAND
- Communications Development Intern with THE BOYS' BRIGADE SCOTLAND
- Campaign Intern with PROJECTSCOTLAND
- Business Development Intern with ELGIN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Find all of these opportunities and more on SAGE
Upcoming Trainee Posts with City of Edinburgh Council
City of Edinburgh Council have advised that they plan to advertise 4 traineeships shortly. Two will commence in August 2012 and two in August 2013. These are likely to be advertised shortly on the myjobscotland website only: www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/home/
Diploma Fair now live!
The 2012 ‘online PEAT 1 fair’, hosted by the Law Society of Scotland, is now live and accessible. This is the link: http://www.acareerforme.co.uk/fairs/law_society_of_scotland1
This online portal allows you to research providers offering the Professional Education and Training Stage 1 course (also known as Diploma in Professional Legal Practice). There are 6 providers in Scotland. You can find detailed information on these providers, including course description, course structure/timetable and contact details, by visiting their stands in this virtual Fair. Closing date for applications is 16th April 2012.
Scottish Law Commission - Legal Assistant posts now open!
The Scottish Law Commission are now recruiting a small number of law graduates for fixed-term paid appointments of one year, to work as legal assistants on their current and planned law reform projects. Appointments will start in Sept 2012. They are inviting applications from those who have obtained or expect to obtain, by summer 2012, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Scots Law or any other similar academic qualification. For more details click here. Deadline is 24th Feb 2012.
The SLC are also offering a limited number of short (unpaid) placements to 3rd and 4th year law students and to those studying for the accelerated LLB or the Diploma in Legal Practice. Follow this link for more information.
Latest Traineeship statistics released by the Law Society Scotland
Consult the latest Law Society of Scotland statistics on traineeships to get a feel for what is happening in legal recruitment.
COPFS Traineeships 2013 now open!
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are offering Legal Traineeships commencing in August 2013. The COPFS traineeship offers a wide range of experiences and opportunities within the public prosecution service in Scotland. Trainees have the chance to explore the work of Divisions and Units within the Crown Office, which is the Headquarters of COPFS, as well as experiencing a range of the responsibilities of a prosecutor in a Procurator Fiscal's office, including the preparation and presentation of the prosecution case in court.
This traineeship would particularly suit candidates with knowledge/experience in criminal law.
Closing date Feb 3rd 2012. You can find all the details on SAGE or go direct to http://www.copfs.gov.uk/
Standard Life In-House Legal Traineeships 2013 now open!
Closing on Feb 10th, Standard Life have opened their applications for 2013 traineeship places. Their in-house lawyers play a key role in advising the business, and provide legal insight in a commercial setting, working across disciplines including pensions, life, commercial, international, dispute resolution and investments. For more details follow this link: http://www.standardlife.com/careers/graduates/grad_legal.html
Turcan Connell Summer Internships close Friday 20th Jan!
2nd and 3rd year law students as well as those studying the accelerated LLB are eligible to apply for Turcan Connell internships, Turcan Connell are a leading private client firm, advising on trusts and tax, land and property, charity law, family law, employment law, litigation and asset management. If you complete an internship, then decide to apply for a traineeship, you will be guaranteed an interview.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20th January 2012. For more details click here: http://www.turcanconnell.com/careers/turcan-connell-summer-internships/
Working Title Films Legal Internship - now accepting applications
Seeking a paid internship in entertainment law? The Legal and Business Affairs Department at Working Title Films consists of a barrister, two qualified solicitors, a trainee solicitor and three assistants. The department deals with every legal and business aspect of developing, producing, distributing and marketing a feature film.
Successful applicants for the ACTION! Legal Scheme can expect to assist on all aspects of the work conducted by the Legal department, including preparing contract and deal summaries, checklists, helping on clearance, researching legal and other issues and general administrative duties. The ACTION! Legal Scheme should provide a great insight into the legal workings of a successful British film company.
For more information and details on how to apply click here for the information sheet.
Hogan Lovells International - Application & Interview Skills Workshop
Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm, with 2,500 lawyers working in over 40 offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the US. The firm is running an Application and Interview Skills Workshop on Thurs 2 February from 1pm - 2pm in the Careers Service, Main Library Building, George Square. The graduate recruitment team will be leading a workshop on application and interview skills for vacation scheme and training contract applications. For more details and sign up instructions, click here.
'Common Values: The Human Rights Act - all we have to lose' at Glasgow Caledonian University on Jan 25 - presented by Shami Chakrabarti
Law students interested in the Human Rights agenda can seize the opportunity to hear first hand from a high-profile speaker in the field. Shami Chakrabarti, Director of 'Liberty' speaks on 'Common Values: The Human Rights Act - all we have to lose' at Glasgow Caledonian University on Wed Jan 25, from 2 to 4:30pm. You can register online here: http://gcu-law.eventbrite.com/ and attendance is free and open to all.
Careers Adviser Drop-Ins at Old College and CPLS for Semester 2
We're continuing to create extra opportunities to come and chat to your Careers Adviser or get feedback on writing that important application, CV or cover letter!
Careers Drop-In sessions in Old College
DATES: Tues 17th Jan; Tues 31st Jan; Tues 28th Feb & Tues 13th March
VENUE: Ken Mason Suite
Careers Drop-In sessions for Diploma students, CPLS, Bristo Sq.
DATES: Mon 27th Feb & Mon 19th March
TIME: 9am - 10am
Remember you can arrange to speak with an Adviser at the Careers Service at any time - for details just follow this link: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/using-careers-service/talk-to-adviser
Open Day at the Faculty of Advocates - Mon 21st November 2011
Considering being a devil? Or just interested in exploring this area of the law in a little more depth? The Faculty of Advocates are hosting an Open Day on Monday 21 November 2011. The morning session (10am-12pm) is designed for students from surrounding universities. Interested? Then please contact Gaynor Adam, at the Faculty of Advocates, (either by e-mail or telephone) in the first instance in order to secure a place at one of the sessions, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Gaynor Adam, 0131-260-5689, firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of the day is to give people an idea of what an advocate is and does, to show them the advocate’s workplace and to provide an overview of the history of the Faculty itself. It is also hoped that the groups will be taken into a live courtroom in order to see a case or, if this is not possible, to spend some time in an actual courtroom and for the advocate to explain a bit more about how it works. To finish things off, it is expected that the advocates will conduct a question and answer session.
New - 'Future Lawyers Network' from the College of Law
Newly launched this month is the Future Lawyers Network - http://www.college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers/ It's the College of Law’s new online community for aspiring and practising lawyers, from the age of 16 up. Membership is free and members gain access to a wealth of careers information, as well as topical legal news, features, polls and discussions.
An interesting feature is the 10 self-contained 'StEPs', an online legal careers programme, which aims to give students a strong foundation for preparing for a future as a successful modern lawyer. Steps 1-3 are available on their website for anyone to access, and include an engaging overview of the legal profession and ways of assessing and building your employability skills. To gain access to all 10 steps students are asked to sign up for free online as a member. Lots of the material is relevant whatever area of law or jurisdiction you are targeting, so why not take a look?
And while we're on the subject of training in English law, don't forget the changes to the GDL (conversion) and LPC course application dates: Applications to CAB (Central Applications Board) opened on October 3rd 2011 with no first round deadline date - the aim is that offers will be sent out within days of receiving your application.
Lunchtime Careers Talks
Lunchtime Talks: Old College (1.05 -1.50pm; LT 175)
Get insights, tips & techniques on all these key topics!
Effective Legal Applications - 27th Sept
Coping with Legal Interviews - 4th Oct
Finding Vacation Work - 1st Nov
All presentations can be found in pdf format on the leaflet downloads section on the right, following each talk.
'New' Drop-In Sessions at the School of Law
Extra opportunities to come and chat to your Careers Adviser or get feedback on writing that important application, CV or cover letter!
Careers Drop-In sessions in Old College
DATES: Thurs 29th Sept; Tues 25th Oct; Tues 15th Nov and Tues 29th Nov
VENUE: Ken Mason Suite
Careers Drop-In sessions for Diploma students, CPLS, Bristo Sq.
DATES: Mon 3rd Oct; Mon 31st Oct; Mon 14th Nov, and Mon 28th Nov
TIME: 9am - 11am
Remember you can arrange to speak with an Adviser at the Careers Service at any time - for details just follow the link.
Scots Law Fair 2011
*Missed the Law Fair? You can still catch details of all the Exhibitors from the link below...
For the list of Exhibitors please click here
You may also be interested in the...
Main Careers Fair
Careers Fair – over 100 organisations exhibiting, from a wide variety of sectors, including top English Law firms such as Linklaters, Slaughter and May, Freshfields, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy.
DATE: 11 and 12th Oct (different exhibitors each day)
TIME: 1.30pm - 6.30pm
VENUE: Adam House, Chambers St
For an up-to-date list of exhibitors please click here (*Tip - View 'Exhibitors by opportunity' to target Legal Sector firms)
Applications for GDL and LPC courses - Timetable changes
The Central Applications Board has announced a revised timetable for submitting applications for full-time GDL and LPC courses, effective from Oct 2011. There will no longer be a ‘first round’ closing date for applications but will instead be a rolling timetable. An updated application form is being created, plus website improvements, which will go live in early October for applications for courses starting from January 2012 onwards. Completed applications made via the updated website will be released to Institutions weekly from the beginning of November 2011. For more details check the CAB website
Online video tips from trainees, solicitors etc.
Our colleagues at the Careers Service at Aberdeen University have produced a number of online videos featuring top tips from current trainees at a variety of law firms as well as qualified solicitors and partners. Why not have a look?
Video tips from trainees, solicitors etc.