This section will signpost you to sources of information about your career development be it summer internships, training contracts/pupillages or progressing onto legal study.

Timeline of actions

The following suggested timelines will help you to develop your career whether it be at the bar, as a solicitor or in any other related area.

Stage 1: see the stage-1-timeline for suggested actions

Stage 2 & 3: see the stage-2-3-timeline for suggested actions

AllAboutLaw offers the following useful guides:

Stage 1 students:

  1. First Years: An Introduction to Employability
  2. A Timeline to Remember
  3. First Year Opportunities
  4. Commercial Awareness
  5. Vacation Schemes
  6. Training Contracts

Stage 2 & 3 students:

  1. Second Years: An Introduction to Employability
  2. A Timeline to Remember
  3. Commercial Awareness
  4. Vacation Schemes
  5. Training Contracts

Useful websites for legal careers information:

Careers help for international students

Useful publications for legal careers

Where the following publications are available to download/read on-line a web link has been provided.  However, nearly all of them are also available as a hard copy from the one/all of the following locations:

  • The Law School reception (Eliot Extension building)
  • Jayne Instone’s office – L18, (Eliot Extension)
  • The Careers & Employability Service’s office – next to Keynes College

Prospects: Law

Whether you’re looking for a training contract, vacation schemepupillage or considering further study options, you can find vacancies, advice and more in the latest issue of Prospects Law.

The digital magazine is also fully interactive and clickable, so you canprospects law
access further details about the areas that interest you straight away.
Look inside the new issue of Prospects Law to find out more about:

A Beginners Guide to Law

Published by LawCareers.Net – can be found here.

Work Experience & Internships

  • Work Experience & Internships guide to shaping your future. – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/work-experience-and-internships   (This is non-law specific advice but you’ll still find it helpful as it contains careers advice and information on hundreds of work experience and internship opportunities.  It includes information on Completing applications, Job sector profiles,  Work experience abroad and gaining experience through student societies and sport.)
  • chambers

This publication is available now and can be collected in the law school reception.

Top Law Firms for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

 

 

 

  • Postgraduate Study – download here.

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See here for how to use the above book effectively – How to use The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook

Non-legal careers

  • Publications – there are many free available publications across all career areas in the Careers & Employability Service’s building (the octagonal building between Keynes and the main bus stop.
  • Careers Advice:
    • The Careers & Employability Service holds drops ins every morning and afternoon for quick enquiries and CV/application help as follows:
    • Canterbury:10.30am – 12.30pm & 2-4pm every day in their building
    • If you need to speak with someone more extensively about your career planning you can make an appointment with the Careers Adviser for law, Jenny Keaveney (Canterbury) (whether it is a legal career you want or something else).
  • The Careers Employability Award – gain skills and career awareness, earn EP’s
  • MENTORING: KEW-NET – an on-line professional mentoring system.  See here for more details.
  • Psychometric Tests – many graduate level jobs use these tests as part of the recruitment process.   If you would like to practice them register here: www.graduatesfirst.com/cp/kent/login.aspx.   You can take the following tests: 3 verbal reasoning tests; 3 numerical reasoning tests; 3 logical reasoning tests; A work style personality questionnaire
  • Employability Points – earn points for the things you do and turn points into work experience, skills training etc.
  • Find paid employment – visit the Jobshop

Useful links

Legal career development help

  •  Commercial/current awareness:
    • www.innertemplelibrary.com – this is a ‘current awareness’ blog which provides up-to-date information on new case law, changes in legislation and legal news.  The content is selected and uipdated daily by professionals at the Inner Temple Library.  Also on www.twitter.com/inner_temple
  • Employability hints and tips
    • The Kent Employability Blog is operated by the central Careers & Employability Service and has occasional guest bloggers, covering topics like Career Planning, Applying for Jobs and Marketing Yourself.   Lots of really useful tips for all career areas.
    • Employability Points – log the activities you take part in which develop your ’employability’ such as work experience, volunteering, talks attended, training undertaken and many others.   Activites earn you points and points earn you prizes – from internships to money!  Find out more here and here.