Oct 16

What do you think of this headline?

For the full article see:     http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/justice-system-must-adapt-to-life-without-lawyers-lcj/5051504.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ091015

May 13

Feedback about events

The National Pupillage Fair 2015

Where could you have the opportunity to pitch yourself to 30 chambers in one room? The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair is the answer.

This event, which took place in historic Lincoln’s inn on 7th March, is the only event allowing full blown access to a multitude of barristers practising numerous areas of law, of all different levels of practise. Those from all stages are there; pupils to QCs.

This opportunity offered all students (ranging from first years to BPTC students) a real chance of talking vis-à-vis to practitioners on several matters.

In essence I would like to offer the things I learnt:

Firstly, that different chambers look for different things whereby some demand a high consistency of remarkable grades, whereas others look to rounded students with interesting backgrounds. Pick a chambers based on your situation. It is true that this may not represent your interests for example picking the top chancery chambers when your grades are poorer than others. However, on the other hand understand that most chambers have a broad spectrum of practices that may touch on your interest.

Secondly, you must find the fine balance between blowing your own trumpet and being brutally honest. If you have a weaker aspect, as aforementioned grades, then tackle this issue in your applications. Certainly do not be afraid to state that you accept your grades might be lower, but work the advocacy on this point (as you would in a moot). Convince the mini/pupillage committee that your period of lower grades is not the be-all and end-all. Equally, a viable option could be to take on an LLM in order to re-balance your academics.

Finally, be brief. Barristers don’t have much spare time – either to read your applications or talk about your situation. Waffling (along with incorrect grammar and spelling mistakes) are successful application killers. One barrister even went to the extent of stating that bullet-pointing can be acceptable. Of course, all of this must be backed up with evidence (as again akin to mooting) in order to give your point gravitas.

Thomas Bishop

LLB Hons Stage 2


Oct 20

Summer Vacation Schemes

The following is from Al About Law:

It’s that time of year again! Time to flex your application writing fingers, polish your interview shoes and practise your handshake. AllAboutLaw.co.uk have launched their Vacation Scheme Deadline Campaign and want YOU to get one in the bag. Take a look today: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes?utm_source=Lecturers&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Vacation%20Scheme%202014%20lecturer

Oct 17

KLS on Pinterest


Have you discovered the KLS Pinterest boards yet?   There are boards for interviews and interview attire, what to do with a law degree, famous people who’ve studied law, the architecture of law courts, law firms and law libraries and lots more…including one for fun!

Find us here – http://www.pinterest.com/klsemploy/

Oct 17

Are you doing something interesting or useful in your spare time?


The following message is from Tom Currie the new VP Activities for Kent Union.

“If you haven’t heard already there is a range of Activities you can take part in while at university which includes Student Media, Fundraising, Volunteering and being a member of a Society.

Participating in extracurricular activities is not only a great way to have a good time at university  but it’s also great way to make yourself more employable, more confident and learn new skills.

If you’re interested in taking part in an activity while at university have a look at: http://www.kentunion.co.uk/activities/

Oct 17

Spotlight on Employability Points


Employability Points (EP’s) are awarded for active engagement in extra-curricular activities that can boost employability prospects post-university. EP’s are rewarded following the development and enhancmenet of skills.   You can earn EP’s for attending careers/employability talks/workshops, volunteering, being a student mentor, work experience, society membership and so many more things.  See the listings here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/howtogetpoints.html

Why collect points?

Essentially “points make prizes!”  Where have we heard that before?   At the end of the academic year the number of EP’s you have achieved will allow you to access various rewards ranging from a voucher to training to a work placement.   For more details see  http://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/rewards.html.   This year the EP team are working hard to increase the number of rewards that are relevant to law students.  Already there is a work experience opportunity available in the legal department of the Brett Group and we hope for more by the end of the year.   (I have had questions about how to apply for this – you can’t – you need to earn the EP’s first and you will then be told how you can apply at the end of the EP collecting period).

All KLS Employability organised activites have employability points attached (even if we fail to tell you this – which sometimes we do!).

You can sign up for the scheme and log your activities here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/signupnow.html

Sep 29

What happens to Kent’s Graduates

Every year graduates are surveyed to find out what they are doing 6 months after graduation.  It’s great news to hear that Kent’s graduates are doing very well.  See the Careers & Employability Service’s report here.

You’ll also be very pleased to hear that Kent Law graduates do better than average too with 40% of law graduates entering employment – including a very healthy number in legally related careers including trainee scrivener notary, court manager, paralegals and legal clerks/assistants, claims negotiators, chambers assistant, legal adviser, caseworkers, legal executive, trainee company secretary.

Kent graduates working elsewhere went into law enforcement (police, army, probation), education, finance (analysts, auditor, trainee accountants, PI negotiator, ship broker, stockbroker, tax adviser), the public sector (such as councils, HMRC, PCT, CPS, Ministry of Justice, NHS in investigations, benefits, casework, administration, business support); property (neighbourhood officer, surveyor, manager); marketing, sales, advertising and media and the voluntary sector (including fundraising and HR).

For full details see here.  And for information about what happens to postgraduates after their LLM see here.

Sep 08

An interesting article on the future of law firms – including the international office

Alex Novarese, editor-in-chief of Legal Business, sat down with Lex 100 recently to discuss the current state of the legal industry and its potential future for those considering a career in law.  See here for full story  The the article entitled “The question is do law firms have the guts to change or just wait for their own giant killer’ – LB’s head talks future of law with Lex 100″

Sep 02

BPTC at the University of Law – grade increase

From 2015 the entry requirment for the BPTC Uni of Law will be a 2.1 minium.  There may also be additional testing of advocacy and writing skills.  If you are interested in this course keep an eye on developments.   See here for the original news article.

Aug 20

Apply for a Professional Mentor


KLS has a bank of 60+ professional legal mentors all ready to volunteer their time to help you with your career planning.

Mentors include:

Alumni, fully qualified lawyers, practising solicitors and barristers, trainee solicitors, barristers in pupillage, paralegals and law graduates in associated legal careers

How to Apply

  1. Download an Application Form from ‘EMP14 Employability’ on Moodle.
  2. 2. Complete and return with CV to E.J.Instone@kent.ac.uk


Deadline – 12th October


…applications received before the summer break will stand the most chance of success.

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