26 October 2012
Sealing the deal isn’t limited to guiding clients through multi-million pound exchanges - though Lawyer 2B has tracked the £871.5m transaction which helped make Westfield Stratford City possible through the eyes of the trainees who worked on it - it is also crucial at the very beginning of your career when you’re trying to impress prospective employers.
That’s why we’ve also asked the people with your career in their hands - the graduate recruitment managers - what to do and what not to do at this year’s law fairs.
At the start of your career as a mature student or career-changer? Lawyer 2B’s Not Too Late for Law free careers evening on 28 November is being held in association with the College of Law, top firms such as DLA Piper and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain will be attending. Sign up here.
We also have a survival guide for law fair presentations, a focus on intellectual property rights by Bird & Bird, blog posts from a Shearman & Sterling trainee who spent his second seat in Abu Dhabi and corporate lawyer Victoria Symons on the latest from Downton Abbey, a profile of a Queen Mary University English and European Law LLB student, and an Ask Lawyer2B on whether to travel the world or gain more work experience at home.
Meanwhile, it’s all change for aspiring lawyers this week as half of London Met’s eligible international students decided to leave the university, the legal education and training review is told to beware IT’s impact on the legal market and DAC Beachcroft relaunched graduate recruitment following last year’s merger.
To do or not to do - how to impress at law fairs
Are you nervous about a fast-approaching law fair? No? Well, perhaps you should be. Lawyer 2B has gone behind the scenes, asking graduate recruitment managers from many of the large, law fair regulars about what students often manage to do to ensure that they will never be on the receiving end of a training contract.
Anatomy of a deal
Lawyer2B editor Christian Metcalfe meets the lawyers and trainees on the Westfield Stratford City JV deal and tracks it from conception to completion.
Survival Guide - Law fair presentations
With training contract interviews and summer vacation schemes all done and dusted, law firms are, once again, on the hunt for fresh new blood. Recruiters are looking to hire the strongest applicants, who are hungry for the opportunities they are offering. But how to tackle the wealth of information being thrown at you by those giving the presentations? By reading our survival guide, of course.
Blog - Shearman & Sterling trainee Robert McClean spent his second seat in Abu Dhabi
while Victoria Symons, head of boutique firm Brecher’s corporate team, continues to give legal insight into Downton Abbey’s plot twists and turns. This week, she asks, is it all about prejudice?
Practice area focus - Intellectual property
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) offer protection over original creative works. The most commonly known are patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright, though IPRs also extend to niche areas.
Queen Mary University of London student Raluca Bianca Dumitru finds that striking the right balance between university assignments and building up commercial awareness is the most demanding aspect of studying law.
Ask Lawyer 2B: Will travelling damage my chances of getting a training contract?
I’ve always wanted to practise law and have just graduated with an LLB from a top 20 university. I also racked up quite a few placements at firms while I was there. My dilemma is that I have also always wanted to travel and am desperate to take a year out to do so. Will that damage my career/ TC prospects? Should I just carry on doing work experience while living at home? I’m prepared to do work experience while travelling, perhaps this will add value to my applications? (2 responses)