320 students networked with a range of legal organisations
Students at the Pro Bono and Legal Careers Fair
The annual Law School Pro Bono & Legal Careers Fair took place on October 2, 2019, and was yet again hugely successful and well attended, with 320 students coming along to speak to and network with a wide and diverse range of law firms, legal services companies, barristers’ chambers and legal recruitment agencies.
Manchester Law School students took the opportunity to network with and ask individual questions of current trainee solicitors and pupil barristers, experienced lawyers and senior HR and graduate recruitment staff, amongst others.
Students were able to have their questions answered about a variety of matters, including trainee solicitor and graduate job opportunities, pupillage and vacation scheme applications and the opportunity to undertake legal work experience or mini-pupillages.
Crucially students were able to find out about a very broad array of legal practice areas and gain an insight into the types of legal cases and transactions that solicitors and barristers are working on. They also received inside advice and tips about the types of skills, qualities and work experience that these employers are seeking and how to portray them in applications.
Now in its eighth year, the Pro Bono & Legal Careers Fair is unique as it also allows students to meet and network with Manchester Law School’s pro bono network partners. These partners afford students the opportunity to undertake valuable legal volunteering experience and thus gain direct experience of working with clients experiencing real legal issues and matters.
Pro bono volunteering opportunities available include a specialist legal advocacy project with Greater Manchester Law Centre, a Business Law café that gives legal advice and support to sole traders and small local businesses, and a legal research scheme with international law firm Slater & Gordon. Working on these projects directly enhance students’ employability as they are developing the key legal and other transferable skills that employers are seeking.