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Careers in Law

While careers as solicitors or barristers are popular options, there are a variety of other law jobs on offer. For example, you could become a:
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Barrister’s Clerk
  • Chartered Legal Executive
You can use this website to find out more: Prospects: Law Careers
The law is a set of rules laid out by the government or social institutions. It aims to keep everyone safe, encourages people to act just, settles disputes and punishes those who don’t keep to it.
There are several different strands within the study of Law. Search for Law degrees and you'll find:
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
  • BA, and BSc Law first-degree courses
You can search right here for all university courses in Law on the UCAS website.
Studying Law involves a lot of theory to rigorously learn it, but the profession and tuition has to be vocational in nature. Some universities have a mock courtroom and run moot competitions and pro bono societies, giving you a taster of what it's like to practice law in real life. Law schools use real-life examples to demonstrate how theory is applied. You'll be left knowing the content you’ve studied will have real-life applications.
Skills include:
  • Research: You'll thoroughly study many case analyses.
  • Critical analysis: You'll read primary sources and be required to make up your own mind.
  • Synthesis of complex ideas: You’ll get to grips with a whole new language, but also develop the ability to successfully communicate in layman's terms.
  • Presentation: You’ll often partake in mooting competitions and pro bono societies, offering legal advice to real people.
  • Writing:  You'll have to communicate all of the above – on paper!
The University of Law offers three year law degrees and have institutions across the UK and the world. These universities aim their courses at students who wish to pursue a career with a practical focus. This university have up and coming online events for students test out if they are interested in Law as a career. These are good opportunities if you would like to find out more about a Future in Law.

Thursday, 18 February

Barrister Experience Day: Undergraduate Degrees (10-12.30pm)
Book a place here. This Event is for Year 12 and 13 students.
You will get the chance to:
  • Meet tutors and current students who will be able to tell you all about the profession.
  • Find out what the role of a barrister is and a ‘typical day’
  • Develop advocacy skills
  • Practice Mooting- debating for future barristers. This will look great on any personal statement and will provide an insight into the profession from the safety of your home.

Tuesday, 23 February

Behavioural Science: From “Profiling” to Behavioural Investigative Advice: Undergraduate Degrees (6-7.30pm)
Book a place here.
During this virtual event, we will look at the role of Behavioural Investigative Advisors (BIA) providing advice to crime investigations from a behavioural science perspective (sometime misleadingly referred to as ‘profiling’). It will examine the role of BIA’s, answer questions and clear up common misconceptions about what it is that BIA’s do.

Virtual Work Experience in Law

This is an amazing opportunity for Years 10 to 13
During this free two week virtual work experience programme you will meet a range of industry professionals from various legal areas of Law who will give you an overview of their experiences, both qualifying and within the industry, with opportunities for Q&A.
You will learn about some of the key roles and responsibilities of Law practitioners throughout this programme, including legal research, advocacy & client communication, contractual interpretation and legal analysis & drafting. The programme will also include a vital pathways module, which will direct you on what to do next, how to apply, and what institutions you should be considering for your further study. There will also be a range of quizzes and meaningful activities to spark your interest in Law as an industry, and give you a further insight into what it really means to work in the field.
The virtual work experience programme involves around 10 hours of activity. You can complete the work over 2 weeks, meaning you can fit it around your schedule (whether that be school or college). There are live webinars to get involved in, but if you’re unable to attend these you can watch recordings on-demand.
The programme will take place between 15 February 2021 and 26 February 2021. You do not need to be available full time during those dates, but you do need to be able to complete 10 hours worth of activity over the two weeks.
Book you place here.
Don't delay. The application deadline is 1 February 2021.

Human Rights in the Law

Ensuring Human Rights is a very important part of our law in Britain.  The Human Rights Act 1998 is the main piece of law that protects human rights in the UK. It places public authorities – including the government, state schools, hospitals and social services – under an obligation to treat everyone in the UK with fairness, equality, dignity, respect and autonomy.
For students wanting to find out more about this area as part of their Futures Education in their Futures Google Classroom, they will find links introducing this topic and resources which are more specific to certain groups of people.
They will also find career guides for profession within or linked to the Law- these include careers in Law, Criminology, Policing and Business.

Google Form

If you take part in a Live Session or access any of the Google Classroom materials about Careers in Law please record this on a Google Form so we can build up a Futures Profile for you. With a Futures Profile, we will be able to ensure you know about great opportunities in future careers that you are interested in and will be able to support you in building your CV and personal statement.
The Google Form can be found here.